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Link: Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions than Entire US Economy

skybrian          30 October 2015 10:21 PM


"The burning of tropical peatlands is so significant for greenhouse gas emissions because these areas store some of the highest quantities of carbon on Earth, accumulated over thousands of years. Draining and burning these lands for agricultural expansion (such as conversion to oil palm or pulpwood plantations) leads to huge spikes in greenhouse gas emissions. Fires also emit methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2), but peat fires may emit up to 10 times more methane than fires occurring on other types of land. Taken together, the impact of peat fires on global warming may be more than 200 times greater than fires on other lands."



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melian 31 October 2015 06:19 AM
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There was a discussion here on a very similar topic.


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