How Sharks Survive Natural Disasters

How Women In India Are Fighting Climate Change With Mangrove Trees

Between India and Bangladesh, the Sundarbans mangrove forest (which sits on one of the largest deltas in the world) is urgently affected by climate change, as rising sea levels and eroding embankments threaten nearly 4.5 million lives.

Image courtesy of Saumya Khandelwal/The New York Times

This is why over 15,000 women from the surrounding villages have begun planting hundreds of thousands more mangrove trees in the open waters in order to create a protective barrier. The mangroves mitigate climate change, capture carbon and also reduce the height and speed of waves to lessen storms. Planting them is no easy feat, however; the women must wade through snakes, thorns and biting snails—along with rebuffing popular beliefs in the area that women belong at home. With no government backing and while many men move to the city for work, it is often the women who are leading the fight against climate change…READ ON

How Sharks Survive Natural Disasters

Having been on Earth for more than 400 million years, sharks have learned how to survive natural disasters. Along with hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions that ravage our planet today, sharks have also survived the Big Five— the series of mass extinction events that wiped out swathes of animals and plants over millions of years.

“Natural disasters have profound effects on the waters they hit. Storms create desalination, or the removal of salts or minerals, as well as anoxia, or the decrease in oxygen levels.”

The most catastrophic of them all, the Permian-Triassic extinction of 252 million years ago, is named the Great Dying for good reason: It wiped out a staggering 90 percent of marine life and 70 percent of land wildlife, and took 10 million years for the planet to recover…READ ON

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