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The carbon impact of peat moss

Story of the 5%

Peatlands make up only 5% of the land in the world and take up to 10,000 years to form as they grow only 1 mm a year. They are natural water filters and barriers to flooding and fire. When left alone, peatlands sequester 370,000,000,000 kg of C02 a year, more carbon annually than all other vegetation in the world - including rainforests. When disturbed by harvesting, human development, and drained for agriculture, peatlands off-gass carbon for 30-40 years, creating a bigger problem.