Seagrass: The plant that removes carbon 30 times faster than a rainforest

By: Jonny Walfisz

Carbon-capture is the process by which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. This can be done by innovative technology or anything that photosynthesises, like a tree.

Although we often think of huge rainforests like the Amazon as being crucial for carbon capture, smaller natural resources also play a big part. A great example is seagrass, the plant at the root of WWF’s project.

Seagrass captures carbon in the same way that the grass on land would. It just photosynthesizes the sun’s energy to make energy,” Alec Taylor, the head of the land-use climate programme for WWF tells Euronews Green.

Seagrass is particularly quick at harvesting carbon, working over 30 times faster than a rainforest on land would, Taylor explains. As seagrass can stay undisturbed underwater, it can also remove the carbon for thousands of years.

“Whereas a tree might capture carbon, when it gets cut down, the carbon is released back into the atmosphere. Seagrass can hold on to it, and it buries it into the roots.”

Seagrass is also great for creating a habitat for young fish and creating beautiful ecosystems for snorkelers to enjoy.


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