“IF you take one square metre of seaweed, of kelp forest, it will capture five times more carbon than any land forest,” says visionary marine geologist Pierre Erwes. The kelp plant, whose floating ribbons we often see wafting at the ocean’s edge, is extremely efficient at “drawing down” CO2 from the atmosphere. That is why the survival of kelp forests is so crucial – to hit our carbon targets we need to both reduce our emissions and draw down those already out there. It’s also why kelp is as the heart of a growing push towards what is being called the blue economy.
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