Climate change and nature loss are interlinked and must be tackled together. That’s the finding of a key report by 50 leading scientists searching for combined solutions to the climate and biodiversity crises. “Quick fixes” for climate change risk harming nature, say the experts. Potential “climate and biodiversity fails” include misguided tree planting and large-scale bioenergy crops. The report is the first collaboration between two groups of influential scientists advising international governments on tackling climate change and extinction. Prof Camille Parmesan of Plymouth University, a co-author of the report, said smarter tree planting strategies are needed. For example, plantations of a single species of non-native tree “are a disaster”, she said, as these forests will be vulnerable to extreme weather or outbreaks of plant pests.
BBC 10th June 2021 read more »
FT 10th June 2021 read more »
Business Green 10th June 2021 read more »
iNews 10th June 2021 read more »
The seabed is to be leased from the Queen to restore a kelp forest in a UK first. Two West Sussex councils are in negotiations with the Crown Estate, hoping to bring back a historic carbon-storing kelp forest which once stretched from Selsey Bill to Shoreham. The 100-mile undersea “forest” once provided a habitat for marine life including seahorses and lobster, as well as storing vast quantities of carbon, but 95 per cent of it has been lost since the late 1980s. Neighbouring Adur and Worthing councils are hoping to enter into a “natural capital seabed lease” of the land, the first time any council has done this on the Crown’s seabed. They say restoration could capture carbon emissions equivalent to 66 million miles driven in a family diesel car or those of 7,235 homes. This lease would likely cover just the two councils’ coasts but they eventually hope to create a Sussex Bay Marine Park along the coast of the whole county to protect marine life and restore the estuary habitat for wildlife.
Telegraph 10th June 2021 read more »
Scotland climate: droughts to become three times more frequent by 2049. Some of Scotland’s rivers could become hotspots for water scarcity, according to a new study. Researchers used flow projections from across the country to model which regions and industries could be affected by droughts between 2020 and 2049.
Herald 11th June 2021 read more »