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Charlotte awarded for work on habitat loss

UBoC PhD student Charlotte Weaver has been awarded ‘Best Best Brainstorming Presentation” for her work on the impact of large-scale bioenergy expansion on land use change and biodiversity.

From 18th – 21st October 2019, I attended the International Conference on Alternative Fuels, Energy and Environment (ICAFEE series) which was held at Feng Chia University (FCU), Taichung, Taiwan. I was thrilled to find out that I had won an award for my oral presentation in which I described my work looking at the global impacts of 2nd generation bioenergy expansion on biodiversity loss over the 21st century.

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Smoke Damage

Emissions of smoke from peatland fires may have been underestimated, according to UBoC PhD student Laura Kiely and others:

In the last few weeks thousands of peatland and forest fires have been burning across Sumatra and Kalimantan, two islands in Indonesia. Smoke from these fires causes haze across Singapore and Malaysia as well as areas of Indonesia, causing unhealthy levels of air pollution. Schools have been closed and residents are being advised to stay indoors.

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i-Tree Report Is Published

Day One – Kenton Rogers from Treeconomics shows us how it is done.

It’s been nearly three summers since we first ventured out, our pockets bulging with books about trees, the scent of sap and science in our nostrils, and tape measures, maps, rainproof clipboards, and funny bits of plastic with a wobbly circle-thing on them all festooned about our persons – to begin the University of Leeds Campus i-Tree Eco Full Survey.

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Two KInds of Yum Yum!

We have news of two kinds of Yum Yum Tree at UBoC this week.

The first is the (semi) fictitious kind – as described in typically charming and educational detail by the pen and brush of our Chair, Jonnie Wild, and his illustrator, Brita Granström, in their new book for small children. This is the third, along with The Carnivorous Crocodile and the Mud Monster to feature the Five Flamingos.

And, again, all profits are going to support our Reforest Africa project.

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Trees on the Beeb

UBoC’s Professor Dominick Spracklen and PhD researcher Felicity Monger were interviewed by Nick Garnett last week at the Leeds Forest Observatory on Radio 5 Live Breakfast, as part of UN International Day of Forests

Dom Spracklen

You can listen to the interview here, first at about 55:20 and again at 1:56:30):

BBC Radio 5 Live have been doing excellent work on climate change and other global environmental issues such as plastic pollution, under their Cool Planet banner:

Felicity Monger

Dom and Felicity explained the research work being done at the observatory, the value of trees and their role in helping to mitigate climate change (clue; we can’t plant enough to fix the problem, but it certainly helps), and in helping to prevent flooding. Later they suggested ways in which people can get involved in supporting tree planting.

New Forest Twins: York, UK = Masaka, Uganda

Following a lecture at Bootham School to the York and District branch of the Geographical Association by Tom Bliss of the United Bank of Carbon, the branch very kindly raised a sum of £600, to be split 50/50 to support tree planting in the tropics and the UK.

As Tom had explained in his talk, the United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) promotes the twinning of woodlands in the UK (temperate forest) and Africa, (tropical forest) because each biome offers unique and complementary benefits, both for the climate and for local communities. Tropical trees work harder to fix CO2 than UK trees, while offering many social and other benefits for local people and wildlife, and UK trees offer key engagement features for UK donors, while also delivering valuable carbon and other benefits. So a donation allowing the creation of a new twinning was a perfect outcome for UBoC. Continue reading New Forest Twins: York, UK = Masaka, Uganda