Well then, here’s a conundrum for politicians. The Scottish Government announces new plans to plant millions more trees and then finds itself facing the ire of one of the UK ‘s most famous conservationists.
Chris Packham hit out at the choice to create large swathes of new commercial plantation forest as opposed to biodiversity rich native species. According to this piece in The Times (paywall) it is nothing short of “bonkers”.
Natural regeneration has also been in the headlines thanks to this article on the BBC.
It describes the process as a “messy” alternative to tree planting, but goes into some depth about the potential lasting benefits.
No doubt the debate will rage on.
New methods and approaches to conservation do potentially have their uses though.
Unable to carry out its usual inspections, Scottish Forestry deployed aerial photography to carry out mapping work instead. The idea is to be able to spot any signs of trees in “distress” so they can triage any issues effectively.
This article goes into some detail of the, forgive us, pilot project.
Not to be outdone, NatureScot is to boldly go one better by teaming up with tech companies to monitor Scotland’s most precious landscapes.
According to the Press and Journal, it will use satellite technology in space to track what is happening in the ground.
Which may be made all the more interesting as survey work begins on remote land identified as a potential home in Sutherland to develop as base to launch rockets into space.
Closer to home, journalist Vicky Allan wonders what kind of state the COP26 conference might be in as a hybrid conference.
But she sums up the feeling of many, saying: “Good COP, bad COP, is not just a matter of virtual versus real. It’s about sealing the intentions. It’s about creating the will. All of the world, together.”
Something to think on.
ON THE BOX
Finally watched My Octopus Teacher and would recommend you do the same. Beautiful and mad in equal measure.
ON THE POD
Alex Blumberg from Gimlet Media hosts one of our favourite podcasts, How to Save the Planet. This episode looks at how Amazon workers decided to do something about their company and suggests ways you could do the same.
READ THIS Just beautiful from the New York Times. A Climate Change Guide for Kids.