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NILGA Changing Places: Planning, Place–shaping and Place–making in NI

Tuesday 8th October
Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen
£60

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CEDaR Training Course – Woodlice

Saturday 19th October
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

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CEDaR Training Course – Grassland Fungi

Thursday 24th October
Magilligan Field Centre

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Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2019

Monday 28th October
Royal Society, London
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Restore bogs to tackle climate 23 July 2019

Restoring peat moors degraded by farming may prove a relatively inexpensive way of tackling climate change, a report shows (via BBC News)

 

Peat

Wet peat bogs store carbon that’s been sucked from the air by plants, but many bogs have been drained for farming.

As drained peat dries, CO2 is produced – so in that sense peat’s causing a climate problem like cars, planes and factories.

But statisticians say parts of the peat problem may be relatively cheap and easy to solve.

They say the benefit of blocking up drainage ditches and bringing back vegetation to the moors shows benefits way higher than the cost.

The sums have been done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which reports to Parliament.

It estimates that fully restoring the UK’s lost peatlands could cost between £8–22bn over the next 100 years.

But this is dwarfed by the predicted savings of £109bn in terms of reduced carbon emissions.

Read more via BBC News…