We already know that trees absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide, and so are vital regulators of climate change. But that’s not all they do.
Here, UBoC’s Dr Cat Scott explains to Paul Hudson and his listeners about the role of tree gases, (which are responsible for that lovely smell you get in forests – especially pine ones), in the formation of clouds. Continue reading Trees Make Clouds Brighter!→
Christ Church, High Harrogate, is the oldest church in town – dating back to the 1830s.
In 2016, it began an active programme of improving its sustainability and environmental performance. One major focus was reducing its carbon footprint as its contribution toward limiting climate change.
The existing 35 year old boiler and hot water heating system was replaced by a modern energy efficient system; loft insulation was brought up to current standards and a rolling programme to replace existing lights with low energy LED lights was instituted. These steps are expected to reduce the church’s carbon footprint by over 25%. Continue reading Christ Church goes Carbon Neutral via Malawi→
UBoC are delighted to have facilitated a generous donation by the Yorkshire-based Safestyle UK to a planting project at Dealburn managed by our partners Trees For Cities.
Stephen Birmingham, Safestyle UK’s CEO said; “As an environmentally conscious company we are passionate about looking for ways we can help support the environment as well as benefiting the local community. We’re really excited about our partnership with UBoC and Trees For Cities which will help to reduce pollution and bring people together through community planting events.”
Deforestation in Equatorial Asia has been increasing in recent decades, as oil palm plantations spread out into the tropical forests of Borneo and Indonesia . And as UBoC PhD student Laura Kiely has found from her research, while loss of habitat from this encroachment is often shown in the media, deforestation can have other, less well known impacts on the air quality and climate.
Fires are used to clear land for plantations, and the land is then drained, so it becomes more susceptible to future fires. 
Terrific Scientific was BBC Learning’s science project for 2017.
In May, UBoC and LEAF hosted the Trees experiment, in which children from the UK’s 25,000+ primary schools found out why trees are important for the climate, oxygen, biodiversity, flood prevention, air quality and more – and then surveyed the trees that grow in or around their school.
Bioenergy is expected to play a key role in the global energy mix over the next century. This is due to its potential for providing energy security and the advantages it has as a land-based mitigation strategy.
However, there are large uncertainties with regards to deployment levels of bioenergy and its impact on the land system. Bioenergy deployment could potentially reach around 324 EJ/year by 2100 which could correspond to an increase of up to 550 million ha of cropland used for second generation energy crops, equivalent to 35% of current total cropland. The introduction of another large land use sector could further accelerate deforestation and biodiversity loss, and may in fact increase GHGs. It is therefore important to assess the impacts that large-scale energy crop cultivation could have on global land use change (LUC), the emissions it produces from deforestation and its impact on climate change.
As part of our work exploring the application of the i-Tree natural capital valuation software to the UK and Leeds in particular, we are offering a community awareness/training day for environmental groups in Leeds tomorrow.
Places are limited, so please sign up here if you would like to attend.
United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction consultancy, and arrange offsetting for unavoidable carbon emissions