How University of Plymouth research is supporting expansion of England’s remnant Temperate Rainforest

Author: Dr Paul Lunt (Director of the Low Carbon Devon Project) Remnant fragments of Atlantic or Temperate Rainforest occur on the cliffs and steep sided valleys of England’s southwest and northwest coast. In these oceanic and upland areas high rainfall and humidity combine with low annual temperature fluctuations. Here the twisted hulks of age weathered oaks cling to the slopes and hollows in England’s most dramatic protected landscapes. Their remains hark back to ancient times when these forests would haveRead more

Net-Zero Visions – Initial Framing and Call to Action

Author – Dr David Sergeant Even when they don’t run into dystopian feelings of pessimism and hopelessness, talk of environmental initiatives – such as the Devon Carbon Plan – can quickly feel dry, burdensome, like just more work. And of course, meaningful change will involve work! But Net-Zero Visions is a reminder that the Carbon Plan and net zero transition are not just a chore or penance or exercise in self-denial – they are about making a better world that we, and those who come after us, get to live in –Read more

Resilience in food production: is UK agriculture prepared for climate change?

Author Dr Paul Lunt (Director of the Low Carbon Devon Project) At Christmas time, our attention is drawn towards food. My last harvest of the summer, pictured, consisted of brightly coloured peppers, chillies, tomatoes, onions, butternut squash and garlic. Like all growers, I spend the summers working with whatever nature throws my way in weather, pests and crop disease. This year in between the planting and replanting of lost crops, I also wrote an updated chapter on weather and climateRead more

Lost Words Poetry Reading, Green Minds Festival of Nature

Post by Dr Eva McGrath, Research Fellow Greenminds Project Otter, acorn, dandelion, willow. Heron, conker, magpie, kingfisher. Bramble, fern, heather, newt. These words are the names of plants, trees, birds and animals that live, move and breathe alongside us. They can be found in the streams, in the sky, falling from a tree, growing from the ground. These words are threads towards our connection with the natural world around us. Language is a fluid entity that can often be a litmusRead more

How human caused climate change is affecting UK weather

Author Dr Paul Lunt, Director of the Low Carbon Devon Project As we approach the winter solstice, it is a good time to review our winter weather. It is so far so good for my favourite garden plant, the giant viper’s bugloss (Echium pininana). This plant, photography at my south Devon garden at 100 m above sea level, is endemic to the Canary Islands with limited tolerance to UK winter frost. Whether it survives through to the spring, as itRead more

What does the COP26 agreement mean for future climate change projections?

Author Dr. Paul Lunt (Director of the Low Carbon Devon Project) More than 120 countries have announced new targets to reduce emissions by 2030, and governments representing 70% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have pledged to bring their emissions to Net Zero by 2050 or shortly afterward. Scientists welcome pledges to end deforestation, reduce methane emissions and commitments from the financial sector of over $130 trillion of private investments into green infrastructure. However, many campaigners have expressed concerns overRead more