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    Asian peat fires add to warming The destruction of tropical peatlands is contributing significantly to global warming, according to a study. Peatlands in
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      Asian peat fires add to warming



      The destruction of tropical peatlands is contributing significantly to
      global warming, according to a study. Peatlands in South-East Asia are
      being burnt in fires started with the intention to clear forest, but in
      dry periods they can rage out of control.



      This can free vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, Dr
      Susan Page of Leicester University, UK, said. The peatlands, which
      contain up to 21% of global land-based stores of carbon, could be
      destroyed by 2040, she added.



      It has been calculated that in 1997, 2.67 billion tonnes of the
      greenhouse gas carbon dioxide were released through burning of these
      peatlands. This is equivalent to 40% of one year's global fossil fuel
      combustion, Dr Page says. That year was unusually high, however; the
      intermediate estimate is one billion tonnes, about 15% of fossil fuel
      combustion for a year.




      Source: Paul Rincon/ BBC News

      Clean Energy NEWS

      Vol. 5, Number 39, 06 September 2005
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