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The latest UK climate projections show a trend towards drier and warmer summers, with the west of Scotland set to become wetter and the e

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Maximising the Benefits of Peatland Restoration: Right Place, Right Time and Best Practice

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:28

Scotland has committed to peatland restoration as part of its array of policies to tackle climate change. Peatland restoration can make a significant difference for Scotland and the UK, as a substantial sink of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and to enhance an internationally important habitat for biodiversity and water aspects, and a culturally significant place for the public.

Peatbog restoration in Scotland – How to care for Cinderella

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:26

In this project we looked at what makes people care about peatland restoration. Peatbogs are important because of their ability to store carbon, regulate water flows and provide a home for rare species of plants and animals. Nevertheless, peatbogs are often described as a hard-to-love ‘Cinderella habitat’. Focusing on care can add further insights into why people care, support and do peatland restoration.

Governing Scotland’s natural resources: are our policies sufficiently joined -up?

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:22

Decisions about natural resources need to balance multiple interests and goals in order to safeguard Scotland’s economic, social and environmental prosperity. However, many existing policies for the environment focus on separate problems, such as protecting endangered species or reducing water pollution: this may not automatically enable a joined-up approach to environmental management.

Long-term warming of the River Spey

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:20

River temperature influences biogeochemical processes and aquatic ecology. Sustaining cool river temperatures in Scotland is essential for aquatic ecology (including the habitat and health of Atlantic salmon (Salmo Salar) and brown trout (Salmo trutta). River temperatures are also critical for our economy e.g. sport fishing contributes around £113 million per year to Scottish rural economy and our food and drink industry e.g. whisky production.

Meeting the climate change challenge

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 09:13

Climate change is having, and will continue to have, major impacts on life in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. These effects are driven by increased greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere. The effects of this are most directly seen in changing mean global temperature and sea levels (https://www.climatelevels.org/), which have major impacts on ecosystems, economies and livelihoods.

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