Peat Spotter

The European Space Agency’s Peat Spotter satellite makes it cheaper and easier to locate and monitor peatlands. See Satellites for peat’s sake.

The ESA points out that “Peatlands make up just 3% of land but capture twice as much carbon as all forests combined. They are also an important source of drinking water and provide a home to many rare and threatened animals and plants. Ecosystems work best when left intact but these wetland areas are being threatened by human exploitation, resulting in vast carbon emissions, frequent and uncontrollable fires and loss of valuable landscapes.”

Too right!

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