April 21, 2021

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This week, the BBC’s 39 Ways to Save the Planet programme focuses on peatbogs and their importance in combating the climate crisis. It highlights the importance of keeping peat bogs wet. Peatbogs across the globe store more than half of the planet’s carbon and prevent it being released into the atmosphere, but only for as long as they are in their natural condition.

Did you know that one hectare of drained peatbog releases 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year? Re-wetting a drained peatbog is like putting a plug in your bath: as soon as water builds up on a bog, the whole ecosystem ceases to release carbon dioxide. This is one of the many reasons that drains are being reconfigured across Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses; to keep water on the reserves and restore the carbon-storing properties of them.

Listen to the program on the BBC Sounds website by clicking here.