TheVoiceOfJoyce The Congo is experiencing drought that is causing the Peatland to dry out and decompose. No one knows how soon this disaster will occur, we do know the Peatlands contain 3 years of fossil fuel emissions. If the Globe is to maintain a 1.5 degree Celsius rise in temperature, we must control Fossil Fuel usage. Surely, Africa would be a perfect place for Solar energy. If Volkswagen and it’s hydrogen battery maker are on target, there’ll be an alternative fuel that is capable of supplying the bulk of energy to our Planet.

The peatlands, which span the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo, are the largest in the tropics and cover 17m hectares (42m acres). They store a vast amount of carbon – the equivalent of three years of global fossil fuel emissions. They are also threatened by logging and oil and gas exploitation.

“We know today that these peatlands are very close to that tipping point where they could release billions of tonnes of carbon to the atmosphere,” said Prof Simon Lewis, from the University of Leeds, UK, and University College London, and a senior author of the study. “We don’t know exactly how close but we do know that for the last couple of decades, droughts have been getting longer in the centre of the Congo basin.

“Our study brings a brutal warning from the past. This is an important message for world leaders gathering at the Cop27 climate talks.”

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