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Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change

Monday, July 8, 2019

The UK’s peatlands are making a significant contribution to our greenhouse gas emissions because of the way they are managed, a major study has shown.

Peatlands occupy 12% of the UK’s land area and store vast quantities of carbon. Healthy peatlands capture carbon dioxide (CO­2) from the atmosphere and so can help to offset the effects of human activities such as fossil fuel burning that are raising CO2 levels in the atmosphere, leading to climate change. 

However, around 80% of the UK’s peatlands have been significantly affected by the way they are managed, such as:

Scottish government announces extra £11m for peatland restoration

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £11m in peatland restoration funding in addition to the £3m awarded earlier this year.

Scotland’s peat soils cover more than 20% of the country and store around 1600 million tonnes of carbon.

When left undisturbed, peatland provides a significant natural sink of CO2, and also benefits the environment by providing an internationally important habitat, improving water quality and reducing flood risk.

Natural England launches peatland research centre

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Natural England has opened a new science research and outreach centre in the Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve in Yorkshire.

The centre features an educational unit for visitors, schools and universities, alongside a laboratory facility that will carry out research on how the peatland influences the environment beyond its physical boundaries.

£10m Fund to Restore Peatland Opens for Applications

Friday, July 21, 2017

Applications are being welcomed to fund peatland restoration across England

A £10million grant scheme to restore England's iconic peatlands has officially opened for bids, Environment Minister Thérése Coffey announced today.

In England, peatlands cover 11% of the country and provide a key habitat for birds such as the merlin, dunlin and golden plover. They provide 70% of the country's drinking water and store more than 3.2billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. But it is estimated as much as four fifths of our peatland is in need of restoration.

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