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- Alternative futures for Nature Based Solutions in the UKAlternative futures for nature based solutions in the UK The conservation sector must engage to ensure that benefits beyond carbon are delivered There are two types of solutions to climate change – technological and ecological. The former class includes developing the necessary pathways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming. Yet, while Nature delivers a host of benefits without which people cannot survive — oxygen, water and countless other nutrient cycles are all driven by the thin film of life that covers the planet — its capacity to draw carbon from the atmosphere has drawn attention as technology’s …
- Where did all the trees go?Ancient and veteran trees are massively important for wildlife. Knowing where they are is key to their conservation and ongoing management. Mathematical models are combining with citizen science to shed light on these wonderful old trees.
- The cost of ash diebackA while ago I co-authored a short paper on the £15 billion cost to the UK of ash dieback. It made quite a splash in the media and even ended up being cited in both Houses of Parliament. Repeatedly. But what is the legacy of this paper? While the Coronavirus pandemic has already cost the UK’s economy far more than this and will have profound long term societal impacts, we must not lose sight of the importance of trees. The impacts of ash dieback will likely last way beyond the impacts of Covid19. Trees take many decades to mature and …