A peatland in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where degraded peat swamp forest (left) abuts an area recently drained and converted into an oil palm plantation (mature plantings are visible in the background); pioneer species are regenerating in the foreground, amidst felled forest trees, ferns and young oil palms.  [Image taken by L.E.S.Cole.]
September 30th, 2014

A plug for peat

The challenge of conserving tropical peat amidst the rising tide of oily palms “Tropical peat swamps….what, like bogs?” asks a friend, hearing about my research for the first time. “Yes, bogs with trees on top,” I reply. “Why peat bogs?” they ask, entirely bemused. Good question. Tropical peat swamp forests are full of mosquitoes, infested […]