Support for Saving Peatlands Is Squishy but Solidifying

Piles of un-decomposed, waterlogged plant material known as peatlands cover about 3 percent of Earth’s land and freshwater surface area. But scientists and conservationists are just beginning to fully understand the role of peatlands in the environment.

“Peatlands are relatively little studied compared to other ecosystems, partly because of the difficulty of access due to their high water table and often soft surface,” said Faizal Parish, director of the Malaysia-based Global Environment Centre.