The discovery of a peat bog the size of England in the Congo is a major discovery! By studying this pristine peat bog we can learn a lot about of past climate which may help us tackle our future. The only big risk to this kind of land is drainage for alternative land use such as farming. This would of course be devastating as it is not only a carbon sink but peat-lands can be major sources of methane!
The bog covers an area the size of England and is thought to contain billions of tonnes of peat. Scientists say investigating the carbon-rich material could shed light on 10,000 years of environmental change in this little-studied region.