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Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

congo basin experts from the uk and drc take samples from the peatland
Congo Basin experts from the UK and DRC take samples from the peatland. Photograph: Kevin McElvaney/Greenpeace

Ancient peatlands that store huge amounts of carbon are under threat from logging

November 12, 2017 — Stumbling on submerged roots, attacked by bees and wading waist-deep through leech-infested water, the three researchers and their Pygmy guides progress at just 100 metres an hour through the largest and least-explored tropical bog in the world. Continue reading Congo basin’s peaty swamps are new front in climate change battle

Guest post: Vast carbon store found under Congo swamp forest

congo basin peatland
Congo basin peatland. Credit: Simon Lewis.

A guest article by Prof Simon Lewis, professor of global change science at University College London and the University of Leeds

January 14, 2017 — In the middle of the Congo Basin in central Africa is a low-lying area known as the Cuvette Centrale. It is home to the world’s second largest tropical wetland, after the Pantanal in Brazil. Continue reading Guest post: Vast carbon store found under Congo swamp forest

World’s largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo

peatlands in the central congo basin
The remote Cuvette Centrale peatlands in the central Congo basin is one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth. Photograph: Simon Lewis/University of Leeds

Carbon-rich peatlands in remote Congo basin could store three years’ worth of world’s fossil fuel emissions, say scientists

January 11, 2017 — Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel emissions.  Continue reading World’s largest peatland with vast carbon-storage capacity found in Congo