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The quest to keep carbon in North Carolina’s wetlands

Brady Dennis of The Washington Post reports on local conservation efforts.

The C3 Take
  • Conservationists in Virginia and North Carolina are stepping up to restore local peatlands.
  • Peatlands are a type of wetland, and while they only cover 3% of the Earth’s surface, they store more CO2 than all other vegetation sources combined.
  • Peatlands also preserve biodiversity, minimize flood risk, and ensure safe drinking water.
  • Restoring these peatlands is a crucial component to reducing impacts from climate change.

“Restoring peatland can reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires that in the past have fed on the parched peat and burned for months on end, sending greenhouse gases and other pollution into the air, scientists say. It can safeguard habitat for black bears, migratory birds and other animals that call these wetlands home. Healthy peat can improve local water quality and help mitigate flooding.”

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