Forests and Well-being – exploring the links.

UBoC’s Jamie Carr has published an interesting piece in The Conversation:

Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study

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Jamie Carr, University of Leeds

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.

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The Carnivorous Croc goes to School

Jonnie Wild with TIGER the Flamingo and friends

UBoC’s Chairman, Jonathan ‘Jonnie’ Wild, has been busy spreading the word in schools and bookshops about ‘The Carnivorous Crocodile’ – the proceeds of which are going to support two conservation schemes in Africa: The Udzungwa Forest Project, (one of our Terrific Tropical Trees sites), and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group. Continue reading The Carnivorous Croc goes to School

Flooding: The Future?

High Water Common Ground is a thought-provoking, unreleased 70 minute ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ about natural flood management, made by Andrew Clark of Top of The Tree Productions. (See below for a synopsis)

UBoC organised a screening with Leeds Beckett Landscape Architecture and Arup at the Rose Bowl on 21st of March, which was followed by a lively discussion on the future of natural capital in Yorkshire, where a changing climate, air pollution and developments such as Leeds FAS2, HS2, South Bank, the Clean Air Zone and the Northern Forest all present major challenges and opportunities.

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Dom’s €2m for Deforestation Research

UBoC’s Professor Dom Spracklen has secured highly prestigious European Research Council funding worth 2 million euros over the next five years, to explore the climate and air quality impacts of tropical deforestation.

Picture by Dom Spracklen

European Research Council Consolidator grants are awarded to outstanding researchers, with a strong scientific track record. The grants support innovative and high-impact research. Continue reading Dom’s €2m for Deforestation Research

Wild Crocodile raises cash for Africa

Or rather; Jonathan ‘Jonnie’ Wild’s Carnivorous Crocodile raises money for African rainforests  – while entertaining and educating children about conservation.

Our founder and chair, although perhaps better known as the former Boss of Bettys (he’s the great nephew of Frederick Belmont, founder of the famous tea rooms), has in fact been writing stories ever since his own children were small. When on holiday, he would get up early every day, and write 500 words to read to them each evening. And when he retired from running the Bettys and Taylors Group (BTG) in 2011, he began to develop his skills as a writer, and to target them towards his conservation work.

It was in fact his children who’d inadvertently led to him becoming a conservationist in the first place. Continue reading Wild Crocodile raises cash for Africa

Christ Church goes Carbon Neutral via Malawi

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

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 advice, and help to arrange compensation for unavoidable carbon emissions