If you are a climate migrant, how urgent is urgent? Slowing, or even stopping, the damage humans are doing to the physical world through profligate use of fossil fuels and casual extermination of other species is urgent. But what we are allowing fellow humans to tolerate is just as urgent, though often less remarked. Many millions more will be forced to flee their homes in a world experiencing intensifying climate breakdown. Some will move within national borders, and many others will cross them. The UN body that monitors migration is the International Organisation for Migration, whose data portal provides recent estimates of the numbers of migrants globally. It says 17.2 million people were forced to flee by disasters, many climate-related, in 2018 alone. The World Bank estimates that by 2050 143 million people across three global regions could be displaced within their countries by climate breakdown.
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People should cut the amount of beef, lamb and dairy produce they eat by a fifth to combat climate change, a report says. It says public bodies should lead the way by offering plant-based options with all meals. But it says if people don’t cut consumption willingly, taxes on meat and dairy might be needed. The report comes from the government’s official advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Its chief executive Chris Stark told BBC News: “We can’t meet the government’s 2050 Net Zero target without major changes in the way we use the land, the way we farm, and what we eat.” The farming union NFU welcomed much of the report – but some environmentalists believe it’s too timid.
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An “urgent” overhaul of the UK’s land and agricultural sector will be essential to meet the government’s legally binding net-zero target, says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in a new report. The government advisors say that with adequate support, nearly two-thirds of emissions from the land sector can be cut by 2050 without hampering UK food production. While previous CCC work has demonstrated the feasibility of reducing land emissions while benefiting biodiversity and climate adaptation, this report proposes specific policies to achieve these cuts. Chief among the recommendations is a call for one-fifth of the nation’s farmland to be transformed over the next 30 years into landscapes designed to store carbon and cut emissions.
Carbon Brief 23rd Jan 2020 read more »
The planting of 100m trees a year in the UK to tackle the climate emergency could be paid for by new carbon levies on oil companies and airlines, the government’s official climate adviser has proposed. The Committee on Climate Change also recommends banning the burning of grouse moors and the sale of peat compost to protect the nation’s bogs, which can store huge amounts of carbon. Voluntary measures have failed, it said. The CCC’s new report concludes that fundamental changes in land use are needed to cut emissions from farming and get the nation on track to meet its legally binding target of net zero by 2050. It proposes cutting red meat eating by 20%, with the move to more plant-based diets freeing up a fifth of all farmland for new woodland.
Guardian 23rd Jan 2020 read more »
Airline passengers would pay a levy to help to fund the planting of 100 million trees a year in Britain under a proposal by the government’s climate advisers. The recommendation comes in a report that calls for a fifth of agricultural land to be taken out of production to help the country to reach its legally binding target of being carbon neutral by 2050. A tax on meat may also be needed to reduce emissions from rearing livestock but the committee on climate change, which carried out the review, says it hopes that this could be avoided if the trend towards more plant-based diets continues.
Times 23rd Jan 2020 read more »
THE climate emergency has finally reached the roof of the world. Around Everest and in the wider Himalayas, vegetation is sprouting, with newly grown grasses and shrubs threatening the delicate ecosystem. This could, in turn, lead to even more warming, increasing the risk of flooding and the already dramatic rate of glacier melt in the region. More research is needed, and no-one is going to be slogging up the world’s highest mountain in shorts and singlets quite yet. But it is another potentially disturbing sign of the scale of climate disruption in some of the world’s most ecologically sensitive snow zones.
Herald 23rd Jan 2020 read more »