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    Restore bogs to tackle climate 23 July 2019

    Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows (via BBC News)

     

    Peat

    Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.

    As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced – so in that sense peat’s causing a climate problem like cars, planes and factories.

    But statisticians say parts of the peat problem may be relatively cheap and easy to solve.

    They say the benefit of blocking up drainage ditches and bringing back vegetation to the moors shows benefits way higher than the cost.

    The sums have been done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reports to Parliament.

    It estimates that fully restoring the UK’s lost peatlands could cost between £8–22bn over the next 100 years.

    But this is dwarfed by the predicted savings of £109bn in terms of reduced carbon emissions.

    Read more via BBC News…