More from the Moor

“Saddleworth Moor is made up of peat, which is a particular health threat when it burns because of the large amounts of carbon it stores and the way it burns for long periods of time, emitting large amounts of smoke and tiny particulate matter. …
The bogs are a store to 200 years worth of industrial pollution, once produced by the mill towns of nearby Manchester and Sheffield. …
Research in Canada has shown harmful levels of mercury have been released during peat fires.
“Peat smoke contains many carcinogenic gases such as hydrogen cyanide, ammonia and benzene that could result in a longer-term increase in ill health and mortality in the smoke-affected population.””

Another good reason to leave grouse shooting estates to manage moorland by draining it and regularly setting fire to it.


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