The government has promised to “halt the decline of nature” as part of a new drive to improve the environment. More trees are to be planted, the sale of peat will be banned and new targets will be set to return species such as wildcats and beavers to the countryside. The measures include a legally binding 2030 target to address wildlife loss. Environment Secretary George Eustice described the move as “a huge step forward”. In a speech from Delamere Forest, in Cheshire, he said: “We hope that this will be the net zero equivalent for nature, spurring action of the scale required to address the biodiversity crisis.”
BBC 18th May 2021 read more »
Ireland should follow the UK’s lead and launch an ocean rewilding initiative to help the country reach its climate targets, an environmental group has said. The Irish Wildlife Trust said that rewilding Irish waters with habitats such as oyster reefs and seagrass will significantly increase the amount of carbon dioxide that can be taken from the water and air and permanently stored under the sea. Last month the UK launched a seagrass restoration project which will result in eight hectares of seagrass planted across England’s south coast over the next four years. Rewilding involves reintroducing plant and animal species into parts of the ocean and allowing them to grow without interference from activities like fishing and bottom trawling.
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