The Hot Zone

An emissions filter

Peat bogs are an amazing carbon store. Up to a third of all the terrestrial carbon on Earth is captured by this kind of acidic wetland, a depository of dead plant material in northern ecosystems that are very biodiverse. As the planet warms, a lot of that carbon is being released back into the atmosphere as methane, one of the more potent forms of greenhouse gases. The source: the anaerobic degradation of a kind of moss called Sphagnum. Sphagnum decays in peat bogs. But a new study published in... [Read more]

Posted by Alison Hawkes on September 1, 2010 No Comments »
Category : Climate Science and Scientists


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