Burning Peat as an Exacerbating Feedback of Climate Change

Drying of northern wetlands has led to much more severe peatland wildfires and nine times as much carbon released into the atmosphere, according to new research led by a University of Guelph professor.

The study, published Nov 1 in Nature Communications, is the first to investigate the effect of drainage on carbon accumulation in northern peatlands and the vulnerability of that carbon to burning.


  1. I am struck by how much of what we humans do is like a gift that keeps on giving(in a bad way). Untintended consequences, followed by unintended consequences.

    Try explaining that to someone who thinks man can't effect this big ole planet.

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