Long's Wood was planted 25 years ago in Wreningham. Picture: Chris Hill Archant Planting trees has been identified as one of the simplest ways to capture carbon and slow climate change - so why are East Anglian farmers and landowners not doing more of it? CHRIS HILL reports. Long's Wood was planted 25 years ago in Wreningham. Pictured are Vic Long and his sister Rachael, whose late father Dennis planted the first trees in 1994. Picture: Chris HillThe important role which forests and woodland can play in the battle against climate change has become a topic of global debate.Last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that deforestation was among the key drivers of greenhouse gas increases.And that followed a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) last month which said only 14,400 hectares of trees were planted last year - less than half the 30,000 hectares needed every year to meet the government's carbon reduction targets.So why, despite the raft of … [Read more...] about Why are more trees not being planted to tackle climate change?
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News / Scotland by Press Association 16/04/2019, 6:00 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Environmental protesters have occupied a bridge in Edinburgh as part of nationwide demonstrations demanding action to tackle climate change. Hundreds of activists from the Extinction Rebellion Scotland group blocked North Bridge as they called for the Scottish Government to declare a climate emergency. They were joined by dozens of cyclists who converged on the city centre, causing travel disruption and long tailbacks. Extinction Rebellion Scotland called for the Scottish Government to “tell the truth about the climate and ecological crisis and reverse any inconsistent policies”. Organisers said they intended to occupy the bridge until 9pm. Tom Younger, who was part of the human barricade at the Princes Street end of the bridge, said the occupation was “part of a much wider movement” that included school strikes over recent months. … [Read more...] about Climate change protesters occupy Edinburgh bridge
Global problems need global solutions. But what you do personally can shift what's seen as 'normal', writes Steve Westlake What can we do in the face of the climate emergency? Many say we should drive less, fly less, eat less meat. But others argue that personal actions like this are a pointless drop in the ocean when set against the huge systemic changes that are required to prevent devastating global warming. It’s a debate that has been raging for decades. Clearly, in terms of global greenhouse gas emissions, a single person’s contribution is basically irrelevant (much like a single vote in an election). But my research, first in my masters and now as part of my PhD, has found that doing something bold like giving up flying can have a wider knock-on effect by influencing others and shifting what’s viewed as “normal”. In a survey I conducted, half of the respondents who knew someone who has given up flying because of climate change said they fly less … [Read more...] about Climate change: Yes, your individual action does make a difference
PUBLISHED: 10:30 11 April 2019 Cllr Liz Morris, leader of the opposition, Haringey Council Haringey councillor Liz Morris is asking for action to beat climate change. Nigel Sutton Actions, not words, are needed to protect the environment. Voters have to deal with a paradox. Virtually all of them think that what is important is what politicians do rather than what they say in speeches or leaflets. Yet speeches and leaflets are very often what they have to go on when they judge their elected representatives. For this reason, I really think that honesty demands politicians match up their rhetoric and the reality of their actions and I really object when they do not do this.Take, for example, the most recent full council meeting in Haringey. Cllr Tammy Palmer, one of my Liberal Democrat colleagues, put forward a motion that would have required Haringey Council to implement school streets or no-idling zones around every primary school in the borough by 2022. This was inspired by her … [Read more...] about View from the chamber: Champion climate change with action
By Eleanor Gee and Mary Lyn Fonua “When we cut down a tree it is important to plant a new one,” Crown Prince Haakon of Norway said after planting a mangrove seedling in the swampy coastline of ‘Ahau village in Western Tongatapu today. His delegation recognised that the Pacific islands region is one of the areas of the world most affected by climate change. “At this site we are looking at some of the effects of the ocean, the rising sea levels of the ocean, and one of the ways of protecting the coastline is regrowing mangroves,” he said Norway is an oil rich country but it also feels the effect of climate change because in the North the ice is melting. “Because of that melting ice that's part of the reason why the sea level is rising in addition to the ocean warming, which makes it expand.... So it's connected. What we see in Norway also has an effect here it's a global phenomenon,” he told Matangi Tonga at 'Ahau. … [Read more...] about Crown Prince plants mangrove in climate change action