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COP15 – What is It and Why is It Important?

COP15 – What is It and Why is It Important?

The biggest biodiversity conference in a decade 2020 was the year when the world seemed to wake up to the urgent need to act on climate change, with a constant stream of net-zero announcements and rapidly dropping renewable energy prices. It was also the year when the biodiversity loss crisis began moving up the political agenda. Many reports have highlighted that it is essential to tackle climate change and biodiversity...

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Recycling Plastic Tree Shelters – a Panacea to Plastic Pollution?

Recycling Plastic Tree Shelters – a Panacea to Plastic Pollution?

With tree planting commitments rising globally as a means of tackling both the climate and biodiversity loss crises, the methods used by the tree planting industry are coming under closer scrutiny. The UK government is currently falling 86% short of its tree planting target of 30 million trees per year and there is increasing pressure to improve this performance significantly. Concerns have been raised about whether the tree planting industry...

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Restoring Woodland Biodiversity – is Native Always Best?

Restoring Woodland Biodiversity – is Native Always Best?

The urgent need to tackle the climate crisis has inspired a global imperative to plant trees and restore lost forest cover. Although the drive to plant trees has resulted in the creation of many monoculture plantations with non-native species, there is growing pressure from researchers and ecologists to use trees native to the area. Native species are commonly associated with higher levels of animal and plant biodiversity and are the...

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Why Should We Be Planting Trees in the UK?

Why Should We Be Planting Trees in the UK?

With growing international awareness of the urgent need to address the climate change and biodiversity crises, creating forests has become one of the preferred solutions to tackle both issues. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and store it in their wood, offering one of the most scalable and cost-effective ways of reducing atmospheric CO2 and helping to reduce global warming. Forests are also critical to global biodiversity, providing...

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Using Wood for Good – How Timber Can Help Fight Climate Change

Using Wood for Good – How Timber Can Help Fight Climate Change

Planting trees is the most efficient and scalable nature-based solution to fighting climate change and helping to achieve the Paris Agreement targets of restricting global warming to 1.5°C. Forests have great potential to help absorb more of the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere as trees absorb it and store as carbon, making forests the largest land based carbon sink. Preserving and restoring forests is internationally recognised as being...

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What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?

What Is Biodiversity and Why Is It Important?

Biodiversity is a term used to describe the astonishing variety and variability of living organisms on planet Earth. From tropical rainforests with jewel-coloured birds to windswept penguins in the Antarctic, diverse communities of bacteria, fungi, plant and animal organisms form ecosystems with their physical environment. The species within these ecosystems interact to produce a complex web of interconnections, with each species affecting others around it. The complexity of these interconnections...

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