Peatlands, woodlands and coastal marine habitats are all vital in helping the UK reach net-zero emissions by 2050, but efforts need to be made to improve biodiversity conservation and restoration. That is the key finding from new research from Natural England, which has outlined how different UK habitats can respond to the climate crisis by taking carbon out of the atmosphere. According to the research, the UK’s peatlands and native woodlands have the greatest capacity to store carbon and lead the fight in responding to the climate crisis.
Edie 20th April 2021 read more »
Less than a third of the Scottish Government’s annual peatland restoration targets have been met over the last two years, prompting campaigners to say plans need to be “dramatically scaled up”. According to the updated Scottish Government Climate Change Plan, 6,000 hectares of degraded peatland were restored in both 2018-19 and 2019-20. This is well below the latest target set by ministers of restoring 20,000 hectares a year. In total 25,000 hectares of peatland have been rehabilitated since 2012. The Climate Change Plan earlier set a target of restoring a total of 50,000 hectares by 2020.
Ferret 20th April 2021 read more »