A recent article on BBC News got us talking about the vital role of peatlands restoration not just as a rewilding initiative, but also as a natural climate solution.
When flooded, peatlands draw down carbon from the atmostphere and keep it locked into the soil. At their optimum state, peatlands sequester more carbon than do forests making them an ideal solution to the climate crisis. But due to various man-made environmental pressures peatlands all over Europe have been drying up. As well as having a negative impact on the rich biodiversity offered by peatlands, when dry there is a much higher risk of the land re-releasing carbon back into the atmosphere thereby contributing to global warming.
The BBC article talks about the alarming state of peatlands across Europe – many of which are the driest they have ever been – and how restoring them to their optimal state would be beneficial to solving the climate crisis.
Read the article here.