Carbon-releasing ‘zombie fires’ in peatlands could be dampened by new findings

ScienceDaily | Oct 30, 2020 at 7:41 PM
  • The findings could help scientists, authorities, and landowners to manage the clearing of vegetation in peatlands in the safest way possible.
  • Unlike smoke from flaming fires, which reaches high into the atmosphere, smoke from smouldering stays close to the ground, causing haze which damages human health and is associated with excess deaths in Southeast Asia.
  • Peat fires can start naturally by lightning strikes or by human activities, but often begin accidentally from controlled burns — flaming fires that are intentionally started to remove excess vegetation on the surface of forests or plantations.