Peat Soils vs. the Forests Above: Which Holds More Carbon?

9 May 2014

by Lael Goodman

At first glance, tropical peat soils might not seem all that exciting. Dead branches and leaves that have not fully decomposed because of waterlogged conditions? Once upon a time, even I might have found this, well, boring.

Peat soils can be difficult to relate to. Unlike the tropical forests they support, we cannot walk in their midst and stare at the surrounding majesty. Instead, the closest we can get is to walk upon them, with the swampy ground pulling at our boots. “Save the Mud!” doesn’t have quite the same ring as, “Save the Forests!” But once you know the facts, things can get pretty exciting because tropical peat stores crazy amounts of carbon.

Read more fron the Union of Concerned Scientists blog