Opinion: Blue carbon ecosystems have the power to protect fragile coastlines, but time is running out

The salt marshes and salt ponds of southern San Diego Bay are 450 miles north of the mangrove fringed Laguna San Ignacio, a gray whale birthing lagoon on the Pacific Coast of the Baja California Peninsula. While geographically separated, these coastal embayments are connected by a common biophysical trait that binds them together as the world searches for a way to address the growing climate crisis. In addition to being part of a linked chain of saltwater refuges on the Pacific Flyway that provide habitat for black brant, Eastern Pacific green sea turtles and important fisheries resources, we now know that these aquatic habitats called “blue carbon ecosystems” not only help us adapt to climate change, but can help us mitigate it as well. Read More