TITLE

Peatlands: The World's Most Important Carbon Store

PUB. DATE
March 2008
SOURCE
Natural Life;Mar/Apr2008, Issue 120, p34
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article reports on the significance of protecting peatlands for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. Peatlands are wetland ecosystems that form layers of peat soil, thus storing more than ten times the carbon per hectare. The clearing of peatlands yields more than three billion tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 10% of global emissions from fossil fuels, while their protection can lower greenhouse gas emissions by 10%, which is a cost-effective way to mitigate climate change.
ACCESSION #
29406021

 

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