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Mangroves in Jaring Halus, North Sumatra. CIFOR/Mokhamad Edliadi

BONN, Germany (Landscape News) — Mangrove ecosystems, recognized for their capacity to store large amounts of carbon and protect shoreline erosions from rigorous ocean activity, also provide a buffer by capturing sediment high in organic carbon that can accumulate in tandem with sea level rise, according to new research.

Read more: Fact File: How mangroves contribute to climate change mitigation in Indonesia

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Local farmer, pictured above, in Java Island, Indonesia. (© Jessica Scranton)

Climate change is already affecting people around the world — so adapting is crucial.

In some places, at least, people are finding innovative ways to adapt, according to new research. A new study shows that using nature to adapt to intense storms and drought can be affective for thriving in a changing climate.

Read more: In Indonesia, villagers find innovative ways to adapt to climate change

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 Tourists and local residents disembark a boat amid plastic rubbish in Sanur, Bali Photograph: Johannes Christo/Reuters

Nation’s two largest Islamic organizations will call on network of 100 million followers to reduce plastic waste and reuse bags

Indonesia, one of the world’s biggest marine polluters, has decided to get religious – literally – about reducing plastic waste.

The government has announced it will join forces with the country’s two largest Islamic organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, using their extensive networks across the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation to encourage consumers to reduce plastic waste and reuse their plastic bags.

Together the two Islamic institutions have more than 100 million followers.

Read more: Preaching against plastic: Indonesia's religious leaders join fight to cut waste

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