Stuart Goodall is chief executive of Confor: promoting forestry and wood: Carbon capture technology already exists it’s called planting trees. Unlike the UK Government, Scotland is joining up policy and understands that more tree planting and greater wood use is crucial to mitigating climate change impacts. As the CCC has said in successive reports, tackling climate change is no longer just about reducing emissions, but also removing atmospheric carbon. Planting and growing trees is one of the most effective ways of capturing carbon in this way, while wood products store carbon. When we say ‘carbon capture and storage’, let’s think about a proven, cost-effective solution – planting trees and using wood – and not expensive and unproven technologies involving pumping carbon under the sea.
Scotsman 11th June 2019 read more »
ALMOST one-third of Scots are unaware of the damage flying does to the environment, according to new research. A survey found 31% did not know travelling by plane contributes to climate change, while 33% were unaware of the impact of taking the car for short trips and of single-use plastic. Censuswide Scotland published details of the survey in the wake of Holyrood’s Environment Committee insisting ministers must put in place clearer plans for action across the board to tackle the “catastrophic harm” being done to the environment. And while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has declared a “climate emergency”, only just over half (54%) of Scots were aware of this announcement. But almost three quarters (73%) said they were willing to change their buying habits to help combat climate change. This included eating less meat and cutting back on holidays abroad.
The National 11th June 2019 read more »
An entire continent faces lethal conditions for many of its people: by 2090, one person in three can expect African city heat in the great conurbations severe enough to expose them to potentially deadly temperatures.
Climate News Network 11th June 2019 read more »