WWT welcomes UK risks report that highlights role of nature in tackling climate crisis
WWT has welcomed the Independent Assessment of UK Climate Risk report launched by the Climate Change Committee which states clearly that we can’t ship web zero with out tackling the character disaster.
Healthy wetlands have been talked about on the report’s launch alongside peat and woodlands as having a significant function in combating local weather change.
The Climate Change Committee’s evaluation is unbiased recommendation which the federal government will use to tell its determination making. These studies are revealed each 5 years and set out not solely the dangers but in addition the alternatives going through the UK from local weather change.
In a weblog in regards to the report the Green Alliance stated this was “the clearest and most alarming image but of what the altering local weather might imply for the way forward for the UK” and that it ought to ship “shockwaves” by way of the federal government.
Pale-bellied Brent Goose, copyright Sean Nixon, from the surfbirds galleries
In the report, the committee identifies eight precedence threat areas which want speedy consideration – on the newest within the subsequent two years. These are:
- Risks to the viability and variety of terrestrial and freshwater habitats and species from a number of hazards
- Risks to soil well being from elevated flooding and drought
- Risks to pure carbon shops and sequestration from a number of hazards, resulting in elevated emissions
- Risks to crops, livestock and industrial bushes from a number of local weather hazards
- Risks to produce of meals, items and very important providers on account of climate-related collapse of provide chains and distribution networks
- Risks to folks and the financial system from climate-related failure of the facility system
- Risks to human well being, wellbeing and productiveness from elevated publicity to warmth in houses and different buildings
- Multiple dangers to the UK from local weather change impacts abroad
At the launch of the report, the chair of the committee Baroness Brown stated:
“The severity of the dangers we face should not be underestimated. These dangers won’t disappear because the world strikes to Net Zero; a lot of them are already locked in.”
In explicit, she drew consideration to the pressing want for adaptation to deal with the disaster – saying that in the intervening time it was the “Cinderella of local weather change”. She particularly talked about wetlands in her name for adaptation:
“We can’t depend on nature to sequester carbon until we be certain that our peat and our bushes and our wetlands are wholesome, not solely as we speak however within the local weather circumstances we are going to all be experiencing sooner or later,” she stated.
WWT’s senior coverage and advocacy officer Hannah Freeman stated the committee had completed a great job in highlighting not solely the dimensions of the dangers we face, but in addition the alternatives which are there to scale back that threat.
“One of those is investing in nature based mostly options and at WWT we’re calling for investing in wetland saltmarsh restoration and creation which won’t solely retailer carbon but in addition present different advantages together with buffering storm surges and decreasing flooding,” she stated
“The report highlighted that one of many highest dangers is the danger to nature and pure carbon shops – to deal with that we have to put money into nature to make it wholesome and resilient, which is able to, in flip scale back the impression on human well being and wellbeing.
“The report highlights that with a view to meet web zero, nature within the UK wants to soak up 8 megatonnes of carbon and we have to put money into nature to realize this.”
WWT are calling for the creation and restoration of 100,000ha of wetlands as a part of our Blue Recovery to beat the local weather, nature and wellbeing crises we’re experiencing. We want Government to undertake insurance policies and funding mechanisms that help wetland creation and restoration akin to saltmarsh for carbon sequestration, pure flood administration, well being and well-being and water high quality.