For Peat’s Sake: Drying And Burning Wetlands Amplify Global Warming

Posted by Mike Confino, January 15, 2015

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“Smouldering peat fires already are the largest fires on Earth in terms of their carbon footprint,” explained mega-fire expert Prof. Guillermo Rein last week. He is coauthor of a new study called “Global vulnerability of peatlands to fire and carbon loss,” which warns that massive, difficult-to-stop peatland fires are likely to become even larger in the future, as human activity keeps drying out the formerly wet peatlands.

Since a key reason many peatlands will become drier is global warming, and since peatland fires can release staggering amounts of carbon dioxide, this process is a vicious circle, a dangerous amplifying carbon cycle feedback.

via For Peat’s Sake: Drying And Burning Wetlands Amplify Global Warming | ThinkProgress.