The UK's marshes, bogs and fens provided the bare necessities of daily life for many centuries.
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.
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We discovered wind farms in Spain that had carved up peat bogs, causing them to release carbon to the atmosphere.
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.
Tropical peat swamps like this are being cleared at record rates.
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Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones.
Restoring Britain's woodlands and peatlands isn't just a utopian dream.
The hope is that building ‘a smart city in the forest’ in North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regencies will ease Jakarta’s myriad problems. But it’s not that simple.
The government has reportedly set aside 180,000 hectares of land for construction of a new capital in East Kalimantan.
Indonesia makes permanent its forest moratorium to save remaining primary forests and peatlands.
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Indonesia has permanently banned new clearing of primary forest and peatland. Here are three benefits of the policy.
Entering the second term of his presidency, Jokowi administration needs to put forest and land fires as priority.
The Indonesian government should improve transparency and public access to land-use data, make the ban on new plantations on primary forests permanent, and give communities access to forests.
Author and activist George Monbiot.
George Monbiot talks with an ecologist about natural solutions to the climate crisis.
Cotton grass on restored areas of Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire © Peter Roworth
A lesser known aspect of bogs is their remarkable potential to preserve both environmental and archaeological records.
Firefighters tackle a wildfire on Winter Hill near Bolton in June 2018.
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Preventing severe wildfires in the UK needs to be a political priority as climate change means they will be a growing problem.
These peatlands burned in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on July 24, 2017.
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A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.
Avoiding fires in Indonesia’s peatlands should be a common goal of everyone involved.
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Indonesian peatlands are important to many people: farmers, bureaucrats, businesspeople, and conservationists. But preserving this value for everyone will mean listening to everyone's concerns.
Rwanda’s first peat-fired power plant at Gishoma is currently running at 10.85MW.
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Rwanda is powering ahead with peat. The country hopes that the opening of two peat power plants will add to the current power mix.
Greta Dargie and team fight their way through the forest.
A swampy area the size of England stores as much carbon as 20 years of US fossil fuel emissions.
Indonesia wants to restore its degraded peatlands. But first it needs to know how to map them.
Last year, fires burned 2 million hectares of peatlands in Indonesia. The country wants to restore them. But first it needs to know the extent and depth of its peatlands.
Thick smoke blankets the Indonesian peatlands.
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New early-warning systems are being developed and they're warning of imminent danger.
Hudson Bay Lowlands are staying greener for longer as temperatures rise.
Lakes of the Hudson Bay Lowlands, in northeast Canada, are showing evidence of abrupt change in one of the last Arctic regions of the world to have experienced global warming, according to Canadian research…