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Georgia eyes approval for a controversial titanium mine near Okefenokee Swamp

A titanium mine proposed near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has sparked significant opposition, raising concerns about the impact on North America's largest intact blackwater swamp.

Brady Dennis reports for The Washington Post.

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Indonesia food estate threatens peatlands, with dire climate costs

Indonesia is clearing thousands of acres of carbon-dense peatland for agriculture, risking the massive release of greenhouse gases.
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In rush for key metals, Canada ushers miners to its fragile north

Canada is offering incentives to mining companies to dig in its northern regions for the critical minerals needed for EVs and solar panels. But based on past abuses, critics fear carbon-rich peatlands will be lost, wild rivers polluted, and enormous cleanup projects left behind.

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Finland drained its peatlands. He’s helping bring them back

Tero Mustonen has led a successful effort to restore roughly 80 areas of ecologically critical peatlands across his native Finland. In an interview, he talks about the importance of bringing Indigenous knowledge to rewilding initiatives in far northern regions and beyond.
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Deforestation drives fire risk in Borneo amid a warming climate, study finds

Annual peatland fires in Indonesia affect ecology, air quality, nutrient distribution of the soil, and human health.

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How art inspired by peatlands can help us confront the climate crisis

Peatlands have always had a place in art, writing and poetry. In times of global warming these cultural reflections can help open up debate about the biodiversity and climate crisis.
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The toxic threat in thawing permafrost

Scientists are tracking neurotoxic methylmercury production in North America’s largest peatland.
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