So welcome to a new feature on our website – Climate Notes – where we will be sharing some of the things we have been reading, listening to and watching.
Not just for lockdown, but because educating ourselves is a key tool in all our efforts to addressing the climate emergency and restoring nature.
Also as a resource.
When professionals and volunteers in the sector are out and about on surveys or doing other essential work in nature it can be easy to lose track, so by regularly curating some of what has caught our attention we hope it will prove a useful addition to the space.
A grim note to start though.
Storm Frank as named by Meteo France, clearly, captured much attention over the weekend being the latest in an anticipated slew of storms set to batter the UK and Europe in the coming weeks.
In France and Italy at least four people have been confirmed dead by floods that ravaged the region. Euronews detailing rescue efforts in the wake of the tragedies.
BBC World shared this horrifying footage:
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 3, 2020
Euronews also reported how the Alpha Wolf Park in Saint-Martin-Vesubie was destroyed by flooding.
“We know from witnesses that the park is destroyed and that there is at least one dead wolf,” Eric Hansen, regional director of the French Office for Biodiversity, told AFP.
The storm moved over to the UK where the Aberdeen, Angus, Dundee, Perthshire and Fife were put on alert, some putting flood barriers in place to stave off the worst having been inundated just weeks ago by heavy rains.
The Press & Journal reported ‘record breaking’ rainfall over the weekend. Trains were cancelled, ferries delayed and roads submerged’ it said claiming it to be the most rainfall in a single period for almost a century.
Flooding is increasing a major concern for councils across Scotland and the UK, as well as nations abroad.
This study by University of Plymouth shows that new woodlands can help reduce flooding risk within 15 years.
Their Media & Communication Officer Alan Williams explained:
They showed that in areas where new woodlands have been planted, the ability of soil to absorb water was almost double that of areas with no trees, associated with increases in soil macro-pores and reductions in soil compaction. This means the speed at which rainwater enters rivers during rainfall events is dramatically reduced, which helps lower peak flow.
Habitat restoration is also the focus of PeatlandACTION who are spending October looking at the benefits of peatlands.
They also share a paper from the James Hutton institute which looks at the attitudes between society and the so called ‘Cinderella’ status of the great biodiversity lands, including their importance in flood prevention.
Elsewhere Sir David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet finally aired.
In the official trailer he calls it his ‘witness statement’ and says there is still time to act. It is available to view now for subscribers to Netflix.
Finally today, in New Zealand, the Newshub Leaders Debate was streamed on Sept 29, 2020, where climate featured for …. EIGHT minutes. Maybe time is running out after all?
More on the fall out from that in this comment piece from Newsroom headlined Leaders Need To Lead On Climate Action.
The Wildlife Society: Bird Numbers Change with the Weather
The Economist: Rewilding the Scottish Highlands (registration required)
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Climate Notes | compiled by Planet Scotland