Climate change: Widespread drying of European peatlands

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Peatlands are a natural carbon sink, absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere and burying it in the soil.

In Europe alone, they lock up about five times more carbon than forests.

But according to a new study, the continent's peatlands are in such a dry and fragile state, they could go into reverse, releasing rather than absorbing carbon.

Scientists say it is more important than ever that we restore and safeguard these boggy landscapes.

Period22 Oct 2019

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  • TitleClimate change: Widespread drying of European peatlands
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBBC
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionMy comments on the implications for our recent paper in Nature Geoscience (as provided by a QUB press release) were used for an article in the Science & Environment section of the website.
    Producer/AuthorHelen Briggs
    PersonsMaarten Blaauw