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The Search for a Global Carbon Fix Leads to a Scottish Peat Bog

Peatlands are natural carbon sinks, but they’re becoming carbon emitters.

The Rest and Be Thankful Viewpoint in Argyll, U.K., on Nov. 4.

The Rest and Be Thankful Viewpoint in Argyll, U.K., on Nov. 4.

Photographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

West of the COP26 climate conference, among the lochs and glens of Argyll, Hazel White toils on the front line of the fight against global warming.  

Her job is at the less glamorous end of efforts to contain climate change: It involves wading into boggy wetlands, assessing the health of the peat, and carrying out restoration work where necessary with the help of an excavator.