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The blue carbon wealth of nations
Bertram, C.; Quaas, M.; Reusch, T.B.H.; Vafeidis, A.T.; Wolff, C.; Rickels, W. (2021). The blue carbon wealth of nations. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11(8): 704–709.
In: Nature Climate Change. Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 1758-678X; e-ISSN 1758-6798, more
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Luisetti, T. (2021). Some countries donate blue carbon. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11(8): 647-648., more
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  • Bertram, C.
  • Quaas, M.
  • Reusch, T.B.H.
  • Vafeidis, A.T.
  • Wolff, C.
  • Rickels, W.

    Carbon sequestration and storage in mangroves, salt marshes and seagrass meadows is an essential coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystem service for climate change mitigation. Here we offer a comprehensive, global and spatially explicit economic assessment of carbon sequestration and storage in three coastal ecosystem types at the global and national levels. We propose a new approach based on the country-specific social cost of carbon that allows us to calculate each country’s contribution to, and redistribution of, global blue carbon wealth. Globally, coastal ecosystems contribute a mean ± s.e.m. of US$190.67 ± 30 bn yr−1 to blue carbon wealth. The three countries generating the largest positive net blue wealth contribution for other countries are Australia, Indonesia and Cuba, with Australia alone generating a positive net benefit of US$22.8 ± 3.8 bn yr1 for the rest of the world through coastal ecosystem carbon sequestration and storage in its territory.

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