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Fires contribute directly to climate change by releasing emissions from trees as well as the rich carbon stored in soils and peatlands.The pandemic slashed the West Coast’s emissions. Wildfires already reversed it.|James Temple|July 27, 2021|MIT Technology Review
What’s difficult is knowing when and where these historical peatland conversions occurred.
Carbon dioxide can stay in the atmosphere for hundreds or even 1,000 years, meaning that peatland conversions from long ago, even before we began large-scale burning of fossil fuels, can still be affecting the planet.
It can then be used to analyze different scenarios for how frequently such developments may have occurred on peatland.
If a peatland is drained — as has occurred for many centuries to promote agriculture, especially the planting of crops — the ancient plant matter begins to decompose, and the carbon it contains joins with oxygen from the atmosphere.