Flood-prone communities may miss out on concrete flood defences under plans by the Environment Agency to cut its carbon footprint by focusing on nature-based solutions to flooding. It plans to reduce construction of traditional concrete barriers and instead slow the flow of water off higher ground by restoring peatland, planting trees and reconnecting rivers with their natural floodplains. The agency will commit itself today to almost halving emissions from building flood defences by 2030. It is publishing a plan setting out how it will meet its target of achieving “net zero” emissions by 2030 — 20 years ahead of the target for the whole of the UK.
Times 24th May 2021 read more »
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