Environment Initiatives

Coastal Blue Carbon

Coastal habitats are under increasing threat of destruction. These habitats store large amounts of carbon in their vegetation and soil; when disturbed, this stored carbon—increasingly known as coastal blue carbon—can be released in the form of greenhouse gases. Research at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions examines the economic and scientific challenges that need to be addressed in order to determine whether payments for blue carbon may one day help conserve mangroves, seagrass meadows, and salt marshes.