Time is running out on the climate crisis

Barry White

Today’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)  https://www.ipcc.ch/assessment-report/ar6/ warns that time is running out on the climate crisis as rising greenhouse gas emissions push the world to the brink of irrevocable damage that only swift and drastic action can avert. It represents a final warning on the climate crisis.

The IPCC found more than 3bn people already live in areas that are “highly vulnerable” to climate breakdown, and half of the global population now experiences severe water scarcity for at least part of the year.

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Halting the decline of nature

Barry White

Three of Britain’s biggest conservation charities with a total membership of 8.5 million are joining forces to try to halt the destruction of UK nature. The National Trust, WWF and RSPB are coming together voice to call on everyone to act now to protect the natural world. “We’ve come together because whilst we have spectacular nature here in the UK, it is in crisis,” said Tanya Steele, the chief executive of WWF, which has 1.5m members.

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Global Ocean Treaty may block deep sea mining

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On 5 March 2023, the UN finally agreed an historic ocean protection treaty. Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace International, Louisa Casson, says it’s ‘a monumental win for ocean protection, an important sign that multilateralism still works in an increasingly divided world. The agreement of this Global Ocean Treaty sends a powerful signal that the tide is turning and that governments can put protection, not exploitation, at the heart of our approach to the global oceans.’

This momentum will almost inevitably spill-over into the highly controversial deep sea mining negotiations led by the International Seabed Authority (ISA), which opens in Jamaica this month.

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100,000 homes at risk from costal erosion

Barry White

Melanie Fryer who leads our food group has pointed out that this week’s BBC’s Countryfile discussed a lot of topics that are important to us including food security, flooding, climate change and the new Environmental Land Management schemes (ELMs).  The programme features John Craven and Matt Baker on the East Coast of England to investigate how storms are devouring the coastline and landscape.

You can view it at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001jwnr/countryfile-vanishing-villages

More about ELMs at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environmental-land-management-update-how-government-will-pay-for-land-based-environment-and-climate-goods-and-services/environmental-land-management-elm-update-how-government-will-pay-for-land-based-environment-and-climate-goods-and-services

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