Peatlands in peril: The race to save the bogs that slow climate change

Photo taken in Loppi, Finland

Finnish peat bogs that were drained for forestation are now being restored

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LIKE much of Europe, Finland was left economically bereft by the second world war. It needed to ramp up productivity fast and the government decided the answer was forestry, the country’s industrial backbone for generations. Vast tracts of peatland were drained and trees planted, blanketing the swampy ground that covers nearly a third of the country. “These sites are incredibly carbon rich and often have high levels of biodiversity, but they’re not always the best for growing …