There’s three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon’s being released by deforestation and poor farming. Problems include soils being eroded, compacted by machinery, built over, or harmed by over-watering.
The hot spell in February and the recent Easter heatwave have contributed to a total of 96 major wildfires of 25 hectares or larger, eclipsing the previous high of 79 across the whole of 2018.
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust says it needs to restore the “brown and broken” Yorkshire peatlands to their former glory to help prevent another disastrous flood like the 2015 Boxing Day disaster in York.
Peatlands are being restored across northern England. Pennine PeatLIFE project partner Yorkshire Wildlife Trust describes restoration efforts at Fleet Moss.