Conserving tropical peatlands could be key to preventing the next pandemic

A new paper looks at the importance of tropical peatlands in facilitating disease spread and the impact of the pandemic on tropical peatland conservation and human health. (Markurius Sera / Borneo Nature Foundation/) Virologists, epidemiologists, and medical researchers have been working hard through the pandemic to figure out how COVID-19 spreads and what it does […]

Carbon-releasing ‘zombie fires’ in peatlands could be dampened by new findings

Imperial College London researchers have simulated for the first time how soil moisture content affects the ignition and spread of smouldering peat fires, which can release up to 100 times more carbon into the atmosphere than flaming fires. They also simulated how several smaller peat fires can merge into one large blaze, and tracked the […]