When bogs burn, the environment takes a hit

The peat sequestered in the wet ground keeps much of Earth’s carbon out of the atmosphere

peatland fire in Indonesia

SMOKE SIGNALS  Peatland fires in Riau Province, Indonesia, burned in August 2016, releasing stored carbon into the atmosphere. Climate change and agriculture are putting peatlands at risk.

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