Mangroves killed by climate change

Posted on: Tue 2 Aug 2022

In the summer of 2015-2016, some 40 million mangroves shrivelled up and died across the wild Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia, after extremely dry weather from a severe El Niño event saw coastal water plunge 40 centimetres.

The low water level lasted about six months, and the mangroves died of thirst. Seven years later, they have yet to recover.

To find out more about these events and mangroves more generally Barometer’s Des Lawrence spoke to Norman Duke, Professor of Mangrove Ecology at James Cook University.

Climate change killed 40 million Australian mangroves in 2015. Here’s why they’ll probably never grow back

Produced by Des Lawrence

Image: Norman Duke (used by permission)


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