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Congo Peatlands, Which Slow Climate Change, Bigger Than Thought

  • Congo Peatlands are the size of England and Wales, study shows
  • Area stores 3 years’ worth of global carbon dioxide emissions

The Congo Basin’s peatlands, an essential bulwark in the fight against climate change because they contain the largest stock of carbon held in tropical peat in the world, are 15% bigger than previously thought, according to research published in Nature Geoscience.

The findings are the result of the first extensive survey of the peatlands in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which account for two-thirds of what is now an estimated 167,600 square kilometers (64,711 square miles) of the habitat in central Africa.