In these times of rising sea levels, mangrove swamps offer vital protection for coastlines in the tropics, as research supported by Earthwatch has shown. Now, the biofuel megafarms are threatening this, opening doors for disasters on the scale of the boxing day tsunami. In Kenya, a major sugar cane plantation project has been approved at the expense of a large mangrove area.
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Kenya's conservation challenge (restricted access), or on paper: Current Biology, Vol 18, R576-R577, 22 July 2008.
Good news, in the same story, is that Kenya's elephants are doing well.