Africa’s Carbon Time Bomb
When Greta Dargie did field research in Africa, she discovered a vast peatland in the Congo Basin, revealing it to be the largest in the tropics. They lock in 30 billion tonnes of carbon making the region one of the most carbon-rich ecosystems on Earth.
If peatlands dry out, either through changes in land use such as drainage for agriculture or reduced rainfall, further decomposition resumes, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. What does the next 10 years look like?