An extensive new study co-authored by UBoC’s Jamie Carr will help scientists update conservation strategies, and understand how climate change is affecting species around the world, as we struggle to limit warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
UBoC’s Professor Piers Forster, who is also Director of the Priestly International Centre for Climate, and an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Lead Author, has returned from Incheon, Korea, in good heart concerning the IPCC’s Special Report SR15, upon which he’s been working for the past week.
While much of the news is stark – we have only a very few years in which to act if we are to limit warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and so reduce catastrophic climate change to something we hope will be at least manageable – it’s encouraging to see that the IPCC has identified reforestation as one of four key areas of action.
This map from Carbon Brief shows where afforestation is taking place around the world.
In July 2017 Safestyle UK kindly donated £1,000 via UBoC, towards the planting of 182 trees as part of the Trees For Cities ‘Trees for Bradford’ project in Low Moor, south Bradford – which was delivered in partnership with Bradford Environmental Action Trust (BEAT).
Delta Energy & Environment is a research and consulting company that provides its clients with independent information, analysis, insight and advice into low carbon heat and distributed energy markets.
They have been offsetting their travel with UBoC for a number of years, and calculated that in 2017 they had been responsible for 178 tonnes of unavoidable carbon carbon emissions, which we were pleased to offset on their behalf using certificates for Plan Vivo’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi.
“At Delta-ee we produce high quality, client orientated research and consultation on distributed heat and energy, which inevitably involves national and international travel. We always choose the greenest options, but our company still produces some CO2 emissions. So we offset by various means, and this year have again offset all emissions from flights and train journeys with UBoC”.
Dr Philippa Hardy Research Manager
(… the target for Terrific Tropical Trees, that is).
With help from private donors, UBoC originally set out to fund 15,640 trees at this remarkable project in Madagascar, via our partners, the International Tree Foundation (ITF).
But thanks to huge efforts by local delivery agency Education Développement, Environnement Naturel (EDENa), that target has been smashed – with around 24,500 trees being planted for the money we provided – an achievement ITF dub ‘outstanding.’
This project is highly worthy of continuing funding – please contact Tom if you or your organisation would like to contribute.
The full story – with regular updates – is here.
Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study
Countries with high levels of human well-being are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the finding of a new study by a group of Finnish scientists, published in PLOS ONE. Their work shows that countries exhibiting annual increases in the amount of trees typically score highly on the UN’s Human Development Index (HDI), a scoring system that uses measures of life expectancy, education, and income to assess development status. Meanwhile, countries with a net annual forest loss typically score lower on the HDI.
The logical leap of faith here is to think that a remedy for the ongoing loss and degradation of much of the world’s forests would be a massive push for development in deforested countries. But while such a noble undertaking would be desirable in many ways, these apparent environmental links warrant scrutiny.