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In the gardens of the oceans, hopes for a cure for humanity’s sins

Scientists believe seaweed may have powerful potential to hold back the effects of climate heating. Or will it become just another casualty of warming waters? Jess Malcolm continues our Future Forecast series.

In the gardens of the oceans, hopes for a cure for humanity’s sins

The South-West Victorian coast has the highest number of endemic seaweed species in the world. Photo: Jess Malcolm

Words and pictures by Jess Malcolm

Unless something shifts dramatically – and soon – humanity will overshoot global ambitions to hold temperature rise to 2°C this century.

In this special series, Future Forecast: Spotlight on the South-West, University of Melbourne journalism students take a deep dive into what this means on the ground – and in the ocean – for communities along Victoria’s south-west coast. This is part of an ongoing Citizen Regional Reporting Project, with future editions focusing on other parts of the state.

This article is a multimedia feature, and co-published with ABC Regional Radio (Ballarat).

To access this multi-media report, click here.


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