Indonesian fire fighters extinguish a fire in a land next to residence in Pekanbaru, Riau province on September 13, 2019. The blazes spread smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact on global warming.
Wildfires are intensifying, yet they’re one of the most poorly understood phenomena on Earth. New research shows that they can disturb both regional and global climate.
Research found more than 3.11 million hectares of land burned in 2019 across Indonesia’s 34 provinces, nearly double the official estimate of 1.64 million hectares.
Arctic peatland in the Mackenzie Valley. A quarter of all global peatland carbon is found in Canada.
Peatlands play an outsized role in filtering water and mitigating floods, drought and wildfire — and they store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests.
Palm oil plantation.
In South Sumatra, the 2015-2018 moratorium reduced the rate of peatland conversion by about 24% compared to the 2000s period.
Mangrove captures four times more carbon than a same area of rainforest.
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A plan for humanity’s surviving and thriving through our planetary crisis.
The United Nation Environment Program is leading the Global Peatlands Initiative to save peatlands and help keep climate change in check.
Peatlands store more soil carbon than any other terrestrial ecosystem, including tropical forests. But they have been heavily exploited and damaged. Now, scientists are working to restore them.
The UK’s marshes, bogs and fens provided the bare necessities of daily life for many centuries.
BRG could focus on communities to support its peatland restoration efforts in the next term.
ANTARA FOTO/Rony Muharrman/aww.
Indonesia’s Peatland Restoration Agency is likely to have its tenure extended by four years. What has been achieved and what should the agency focus on for the next term?
More valuable than it looks.
Peat beds around the world hold huge quantities of carbon and keep it from warming the planet. But rising temperatures and over-use could turn them from a brake on climate change into an accelerant.
Strict physical distancing restrictions have resulted in cleaner air, but atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise.
Despite clear air as a result of the pandemic reducing human activities, our emissions still soar.
Forest fires break out in Indonesia every year from land clearing using fires.
Villagers of Sumatra and Kalimantan relunctant to participate in peatland restoration, contributing to the recent forest fires in Indonesia.
Active fire hotspots detected by S-NPP/VIIRS on September 7 2019.
We have developed an online tool to help authorities identify which areas they should focus on for reducing forest fires and haze in order to maximize overall health benefits.
As Amazon fires rage, Indonesia faces similar issues with peat fires that have been burning for several weeks in parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Ministry of Environment and Forestry
A forest professor tells his experience on the hardships of putting out peat fires in Indonesia
A wildfire rips through the forest near Fort McMurray on Highway 63 in May 2016.
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As unlikely as it may sound, a new approach for fighting the destruction of wildfires in Canada’s boreal region may lie in wetlands packed with soaking layers of peat and topped with living moss.
Forest fires in Indonesia may become an important issue to discuss at Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.
Indonesia’s problematic climate plan will make it difficult for the country to achieve its target to reduce emissions.
Once majestic low-lying rainforests, Indonesia’s peatlands now emit around 1 billion tonnes of CO2 a year.
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