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EU is 2nd largest source of peat emissions after Indonesia, finds global peat survey

Date : 4th November 2009, Source : Mongabay



The EU is the world's second largest source of carbon dioxide emissions from peatlands drainage, after Indonesia, reports the first country-by-country assessment of peat stocks. The study, conducted by Wetlands International and Greifswald University, found that drainage of wetlands for agriculture, forestry and peat extraction causes 1.3 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Emissions from fires and peat mining (for horticulture and fuel) amount to another 700,000 million tons per year.

http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1104-peatlands.html





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