Conservation organisations have united to call for tougher action on climate change to stop further damage to Scotland’s natural and built heritage. WWF Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and RSPB Scotland warned that animals, plants and buildings were under threat from severe weather, sea level rises and acidification. The organisations are calling for the Scottish government’s Climate Change Bill to set targets to combat the decline. Sam Gardner, acting director at WWF Scotland, said: “We need to make sure that our heritage is as resilient as possible but the most important thing we can do is radically cut our emissions as part of a global effort. Over the coming months we have a great opportunity to make sure Scotland’s new Climate Change Bill is a world leader and sets a clear target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” The National Trust for Scotland said that wetter summers and milder winters were increasing the saturation of historic properties from rainfall and groundwater, driving up conservation costs.
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