The Committee on Climate Change has listed mass afforestation among a package of reforms which would help the UK become carbon neutral within the next 30 years. In a new report created at the request of the government, the group calls for law makers to introduce a mandatory target for 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050, a move which would end the country's contribution to global warming. In order to reach the target, the report says, the government would need to plant 30,000 hectares of trees each year and restore 55% of peatland to a good condition (up from 25% now) as a way to draw carbon from the atmosphere. The government has so far refused to say whether or not it will adopt the target. For more details, click here.
Tackling air pollution with green infrastructure
The Mayor of London has launched a guide summarising best practice in using green infrastructure to tackle air pollution. Based on the Greater London Authority's (GLA) own use of trees and hedges to tackle dangerous levels of pollution in the capital, the document illustrates how best to install green infrastructure based on a street's layout. For more details, click here.
Living roofs and walls - 10 years of urban greening
The report ‘Living roofs and walls - from policy to practice: 10 years of urban greening in London and beyond’ provides a summary of the progress that has been made in mainstreaming green roofs and walls as a response to the challenges facing cities now and in the future. It also updates information about the benefits of green roofs and walls and highlights policy development in London and elsewhere which aim to encourage more urban greening to ensure the urban environment becomes greener, healthier and more resilient to the impacts of climate change.
Tools to support green infrastructure planning and ecosystem restoration
The report from the European Environment Agency provides methodological guidance to support strategic policy- and decision-making on Green Infrastructure (GI). It reviews a range of Europe-wide data sets, geospatial methods and tools for GI mapping that follow the three key GI principles of connectivity, multifunctionality and spatial planning
Innovative maps for green infrastructure opportunities
An interactive map has been produced to help identify where green infrastructure improvements and investments might be best targeted across London provides a range of open-source maps that can be used to explore the city region's housing, planning, infrastructure, socio-economic and demographic data.