University of Aberdeen - Bog-standard maintenance

April 8, 2010

Scientists are working to protect peat bogs, a crucial natural resource, from the threat of climate change. Peat bogs provide vast quantities of drinking water, are the UK's largest carbon store (locking away 3 billion tonnes of CO2) and also support rare animal and plant species. But the bogs are drying out and as they degrade they release carbon, reversing their earlier positive effect on greenhouse-gas levels. Academics at the University of Aberdeen are providing guidance to policymakers on how to restore and preserve the bogs, including compensating farmers for the time they spend protecting them.

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