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Thousands of Britain’s onshore wind farms will create more greenhouse gases than they save because many of them are built on peatland, a new study claims.
Onshore wind farms are often built on upland sites where peat soil is common. Peat is a massive store of carbon and is described by scientists as Europe’s equivalent to the tropical rainforest. Peat bogs absorb carbon in the same way as plants and trees but in much higher quantities.
UK peatland stores about at least 3.2 billion tons of carbon, making it one of the most important carbon sinks in Europe.