The Revelator reports Study Finds Staggering Economic Benefit From Protecting Wetlands For example, in Florida, the loss of just 3% of wetland coverage resulted in $480 million in property damage during just one hurricane. Mangrove forests, marshes, and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like […]

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Lance Richardson (The Guardian) writes about the tens of thousands of pythons in the Florida wild, attacking animals and damaging ecosystems. He explains how “the quest to stop them has become a collective crusade.” Here are excerpts: On a Thursday afternoon in St Petersburg, Florida, Beth Koehler crouches over a cairn terrier named Ginger, trimming intently […]

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