Our association with peat is more often than not dark, damp bags of compost, the earthy taste of a peated malt or the acrid smell of a peat brick fire. The peatlands from which it is taken have traditionally been valued solely for what they can be turned into when drained, tamed and destroyed. But traditions change.

Over the last few decades our global knowledge of peatlands has changed. Found in almost every country on Earth, they represent some of the most carbon-rich and biodiverse places on the planet. They are also some of the most endangered. From the frozen tundra of Russia and the ...


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