Peat bog destruction

Bogs are very wet areas of land without trees in which many types of moss grow. They are acidic and often have very low levels of nutrients. Here decomposition is very slow and peat is formed from partially decayed plants.

For many years peat was removed from bogs for gardeners to add to their soil or to burn as fuel. This dramatically reduced biodiversity. Because peat takes such a long time to form, it is a non-renewable energy resource like fossil fuels.

Peat bogs are a very important store of carbon. We call them carbon sinks. If all the peat was removed and burned this would quickly release a huge volume of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contribute to the greenhouse effect.