The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
A Carbon Sink Larger Than New York State Found in Central Africa
New scientific mapping has revealed the world's largest carbon sink in a peat swamp in the Congo Basin in central Africa. The swamp, measuring larger than New York State, is estimated to contain the equivalent of 20 years worth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in carbon—roughly 30 billion tons or 30 percent of the world's peatland carbon reserves.
Under the Cuvette Centrale wetlands in Central Africa, scientists found a storehouse of carbon as large as New York State.Simon Lewis / University of Leeds
Scientists emphasize the need to keep this peat forest intact and protected from agricultural developments in order to keep the massive amount of carbon in the ground.
"It's astonishing to me that in 2017 we can be making these kinds of discoveries," said Simon Lewis, a professor at the University of Leeds in England and author of a the study on the peatlands published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
For a deeper dive:
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
An area in Louisiana whose predominantly black and brown residents are hard-hit by health problems from industry overdevelopment is experiencing one of the highest death rates from coronavirus of any county in the United States.
A central player in the fight against the novel coronavirus is our immune system. It protects us against the invader and can even be helpful for its therapy. But sometimes it can turn against us.
Calling someone a delicate flower may not sting like it used to, according to new research. Scientists have found that many delicate flowers are actually remarkably hearty and able to bounce back from severe injury.
With global air travel at a near standstill, the airline industry is looking to rewrite the rules it agreed to tackle global emissions. The Guardian reports that the airline is billing it as a matter of survival, while environmental activists are accusing the industry of trying to dodge their obligations.
The outbreak of COVID-19 across the U.S. has touched every facet of our society, and our democracy has been no exception.