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Human activity means UK peatlands contribute to climate change

Monday, July 8, 2019

The UK’s peatlands are making a significant contribution to our greenhouse gas emissions because of the way they are managed, a major study has shown.

Peatlands occupy 12% of the UK’s land area and store vast quantities of carbon. Healthy peatlands capture carbon dioxide (CO­2) from the atmosphere and so can help to offset the effects of human activities such as fossil fuel burning that are raising CO2 levels in the atmosphere, leading to climate change. 

However, around 80% of the UK’s peatlands have been significantly affected by the way they are managed, such as:

Coastal erosion in the spotlight as DEFRA seeks views on new approaches

Monday, July 8, 2019

DEFRA is seeking evidence on how it should develop its approach to managing the risks from flooding and coastal erosion, looking particularly at funding local flood protection initiatives and adapting to coastal change.

The call for evidence points in particular to coastal areas “where it is not sustainable or affordable to build and maintain defences in the long term”, and where “authorities need to plan for a proactive transition”. 

Wales ‘not yet sustainably managing its water’, says Welsh government

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Welsh government has launched its second statutory consultation on the Water Framework Directive, aimed at finding a solution for the "significant water management issues" identified across the country.

Response to the six-month consultation, which closes in December, will feed into the third River Basin Management Plans and the next State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR) required under the Environment Act, according to Natural Resources Wales (NRW). 

Scottish government announces extra £11m for peatland restoration

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £11m in peatland restoration funding in addition to the £3m awarded earlier this year.

Scotland’s peat soils cover more than 20% of the country and store around 1600 million tonnes of carbon.

When left undisturbed, peatland provides a significant natural sink of CO2, and also benefits the environment by providing an internationally important habitat, improving water quality and reducing flood risk.

Scottish government announces extra £11m for peatland restoration

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £11m in peatland restoration funding in addition to the £3m awarded earlier this year.

Scotland’s peat soils cover more than 20% of the country and store around 1600 million tonnes of carbon.

When left undisturbed, peatland provides a significant natural sink of CO2, and also benefits the environment by providing an internationally important habitat, improving water quality and reducing flood risk.

EA targets soil run-off from space

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Environment Agency (EA) and Herefordshire Council are using satellite imaging to identify where soily water is washing into rivers and covering roads.

The issue causes a problem both for water quality and for driving conditions, seen especially during last week’s wet weather. It can also worsen flooding.

Satellite and drone photograph will be used to identify bare, sloping agricultural fields where soil is most likely to be washed away during heavy rain. Landowners will be visited and provided with guidance on better soil management.

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