Leading Cumbrian environmental figures have called on local and national government to ensure that policies are put in place to avert the impact of the climate crisis on our region. Their pleas have come after UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its report this week which asserted that lasting sea level rise has been set in motion and will be irreversible for hundreds to thousands of years. Such impacts will likely affect coastal areas in West Cumbria within the next thirty years according to their estimates and projections of rising sea levels- between about 15-30cm (6-12 inches) by 2050. Amidst this news, the plans for a new coal mine in West Cumbria, which would be the country’s first to be built in three decades, are still ongoing. West Cumbria Friends of the Earth’s Ruth Balogh stated her concerns at current plans for a coal mine in Whitehaven and has called on politicians and businesses to treat the report’s warnings seriously.
Carlisle News & Star 11th Aug 2021 read more »
Reaching net zero carbon is a major challenge, and many policymakers are relying in part on planting trees and restoring natural habitats to mop up emissions that are difficult to avoid. For example, the UK Environment Agency is exploring the idea of restoring salt marshland to reach its net zero goal by 2030. In York, the council is planning to plant a woodland of 50,000 trees to help the city reach its net zero target by 2030. But offsetting is a risky business and easily upskittled by the weather. A study, published in the journal AGU Advances, used climate models to explore the impact of different climate change pathways on carbon uptake of forests in California. Under “business as usual”, the anticipated hotter, drier conditions, and increased risk of wildfire resulted in woodland carbon storage capacity dropping by one-sixth. A more intermediate climate change path produced a drop of about one-tenth.
Guardian 14th Aug 2021 read more »