A fortnight after wildfires licked London, mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced a serious tree planting drive within the capital.
Round a fifth of London is underneath tree cover, and this week Khan pledged £3.1m to boost the town’s “city forest”. The funding will probably be focused at areas the place there are fewer timber, sometimes disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
“Timber are a flexible answer to the local weather and nature crises, so it’s promising that there are plans to plant extra of them,” Paul de Zylva, senior sustainability analyst at Pals of the Earth, advised Optimistic Information. “But it surely’s essential that the proper timber are planted in the proper locations.”
In addition to sucking CO2 out of the air, timber assist calm down cities, countering the so referred to as ‘city warmth island’ impact.
Wildfires have prompted a raft of reforestation pledges recently. Final week, president Joe Biden introduced plans to plant 1bn timber within the US. President Macron has additionally pledged to reforest swathes of France within the wake of devastating wildfires.
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