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Net zero: Britain must plant billions of trees
2 May 2019 The Day
The UK should lead the global fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gasses to nearly zero by 2050, says a powerful independent committee this morning. How realistic is this?
Britain must plant billions of trees, says Committee on Climate Change
2 May 2019 Times
Almost three billion trees must be planted by 2050 to end Britain’s contribution to global warming, the government’s climate advisers have said. The landscape needs to be transformed and peoples’ habits will have to change drastically to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by the middle of the century, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) says.
Trees must be planted across area half the size of London every year to offset climate damage of farming, experts say
27 April 2019 Independent
Mass woodland creation scheme needs to start immediately, government told.
Green Alliance: UK must plant 70,000 hectares of trees a year to combat climate change
25 April 2019 Business Green
Think tank calls for mass woodland planting drive, a ban on peatland burning, and a focus on low carbon farming methods in new report - but is the government listening? Planting 70,000 hectares of new woodland each year, banning peatland burning, and in centivising low carbon farming practices are among a raft of urgent, ambitious actions the UK must take to drastically reduce the contribution land use is making to climate change.
‘Death by a thousand cuts’: vast expanse of rainforest lost in 2018
25 April 2019
Pristine forests are vital for climate and wildlife but trend of losses is rising, data shows.
Millions of hectares of pristine tropical rainforest were destroyed in 2018, according to satellite analysis, with beef, chocolate and palm oil among the main causes.
Amazon's trees get taste of air of the future
19 April 2019 Guardian
Experiment aims to learn how rainforest copes in levels of CO2 that could be normal by 2050. An ambitious experiment deep in the Amazon rainforest aims to find out how the ecosystem is likely to respond to rising levels of carbon dioxide.
US-China soy trade war could destroy 13 million hectares of rainforest
27 March 2019 Guardian
Study suggests Brazil likely to rush to fill China’s sudden soy shortfall by boosting farming. The Amazon rainforest could be the greatest casualty of the trade war between the United States and China, warns a new study showing how deforestation pressures have surged as a result of the geopolitical jolt in global soy markets.
Kew’s tree library leads hi-tech war on illegal logging
24 February 2019 Guardian
New techniques will help customs officers identify and seize wood that came from endangered species.