The role of peatlands in future climate change is uncertain because peat-derived greenhouse gas emissions are difficult to predict. Now research shows that reduced methane emissions from drying peatlands are likely to be outweighed by increasing CO2 emissions.
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Morris, P.J. Wetter is better for peat carbon. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 561–562 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-021-01072-z
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