article “Carbon Dioxide Expelled From Peatland When ...”


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May 4, 2006

Came across this tonight. Thought it was interesting. There was a mention in one or more threads on here about the use of peat was instigating the destruction of freshwater peat swamps in SE Asia. (I think I have this right.)

What this article mentions is how there is a distinctly measurable increase in CO2 when the swamps are converted to oil palm or pulpwood trees. I thought this might be of interest to some on here. (Also, wasn't sure which forum this really fit into, so I stuck it in this one.)

A new data analysis undertaken by Dr. Susan Page of the University of Leicester Department of Geography and colleagues involved in the EU-funded CARBOPEAT and RESTORPEAT projects shows conclusively that large amounts of carbon dioxide are released from peatland in Southeast Asia when it is converted from natural swamp forest to plantations of oil palm or pulpwood trees.