A ‘rewilding revolution’: How 9 million trees reforested England

A billion children at ‘extreme risk’ from climate impacts – Unicef

Almost half the world’s 2.2 billion children are already at “extremely high risk” from the impacts of the climate crisis and pollution, according to a report from Unicef. The UN agency’s head called the situation “unimaginably dire”.

”Children are uniquely vulnerable to climate hazards,” she said. “Compared to adults, children require more food and water per unit of body weight and are less able to survive extreme weather events.”

Henrietta Fore, Unicef

Nearly every child around the world was at risk from at least one of these impacts today, including heatwaves, floods, cyclones, disease, drought, and air pollution, the report said. But 1 billion children live in 33 countries facing three or four impacts simultaneously. The countries include India, Nigeria and the Philippines, and much of sub-Saharan Africa.

The report is the first to combine high-resolution maps of climate and environmental impacts with maps of child vulnerability, such as poverty and access to clean water, healthcare and education. “It essentially [shows] the likelihood of a child’s ability to survive climate change,” said Nick Rees, one of the report’s authors…READ ON

A ‘rewilding revolution’: How 9 million trees reforested England

It’s been 30 years since the first tree was planted in a rewilding revolution in the heart of England, aiming to reclaim an industrial landscape scarred by centuries of mining.

What has struck me is how quickly nature can reclaim a derelict landscape once it’s given the chance.

Since then, more than 9m trees have been planted to create the National Forest in the Midlands – the first forest to be created at scale in England for more than 1000 years. It now covers 200 square miles across three counties, linking the two ancient woodlands of Charnwood and Needwood.

Old coal mines and quarries have been repurposed as parks and nature reserves – and 5,000 jobs have been created.

Having grown up in a Midlands mining town and then leaving just as the National Forest was starting to take shape, this story means a lot to me. Since then, I’ve watched a new woodland grow over the road from my childhood home and I’ve just moved back to a Leicestershire that is leafier than ever before…READ ON

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