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Apple Just Announced They're Investing In A 27,000 Acre Colombian Mangrove Forest

By Koty Neelis

At the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Apple VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives Lisa Jackson revealed plans to invest in a 27,000-acre mangrove forest in Colombia as part of the company's initiative to achieve carbon neutrality. In collaboration with Conservation International, the investment would protect and restore mangrove trees in coastal forests that suck up a huge amount of carbon from the air.

Mangrove forests are one of the world’s most threatened tropical ecosystems, despite being some of the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. According to WWF, more than 35% of the world’s mangroves are already gone. Often thought of as both unproductive and having a strong or unpleasant smell, they're cleared to make room for agricultural land, human settlements and infrastructure. The forests provide a number of benefits, including the ability to offset carbon emissions in a big way.

“These forests are critical because they’re one of nature’s most important tools in the battle against climate change–they can absorb and store up to ten times more carbon than a terrestrial forest,” Jackson told the audience.