The bogs of Sutherland and Caithness alone are estimated to contain 400 million tonnes of carbon, more than double the amount held in all British forests put together. By disturbing it – by ploughing and draining, then planting thirsty trees that suck up all the moisture – they risked releasing massive quantities of carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.
Globally, the degeneration of peatbogs is thought to account for 6 per cent of all emissions due to human activity.
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