When it comes to storing carbon, few surpass the capacity of peat bogs. Unfortunately, development and agriculture have led to the drainage of these wetlands at large scales. One organization in Scotland, however, is making strides to restore these invaluable ecosystems.
According to World War Zero, Peatland ACTION has worked to recover 25,000 hectares of degraded peatland since 2012. And recently receiving £250 million for recovery efforts means that there’s even more hope for these carbon stores in the coming years.
The organization uses data from satellites to track peats’ carbon-storing capacities. As the water table of these wetlands rises, native plant species are also returning.