U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) is sponsoring a blue carbon bill to protect marine environments. She is pictured here in front of an estuary in Astoria, Oregon.

U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Oregon) is sponsoring a blue carbon bill to protect marine environments. She is pictured here in front of an estuary in Astoria, Oregon.

Courtesy of the office of Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

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Blue carbon is what scientists and policy makers say is a critical part of the global effort to mitigate climate change. Coastal environments are home to mangroves, tidal marshes and seagrass, all of which sequester carbon at rates greater than mature tropical forests. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, is sponsoring the bipartisan “Blue Carbon for Our Planet Act.” We talk with her about this bill and about how it fits into larger legislative efforts to combat climate change.

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