Lahiru’s recently published letters in Global Change Biology and Science highlight the need for more research into sustainable peatland agricultural techniques. Current techniques lead to fires causing haze and high carbon emissions, and will eventually result in the long-term loss of agricultural land due to land subsidence and flooding. Developing peatland agriculture techniques that do not require drainage and result in a net positive carbon balance are the keys to a sustainable future for peatlands. While such techniques do not exist today, acknowledging the problem is the first step towards finding a solution.
L. S. Wijedasa, et al. (139 co-authors) (2016) Denial of long-term issues with agriculture on tropical peatlands will have devastating consequences. Global Change Biology (in press)
L. S. Wijedasa, S. E. Page, C. E. Evans, M. Osaki (2016) Time for responsible peatland agriculture. Science, 354:562.