Na­ture bet­ter than ‘sci-fi so­lu­tions’, says char­ity

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NAT­U­RAL ways of re­duc­ing car­bon emis­sions to zero in­clud­ing restor­ing na­tive wood­lands are bet­ter than “science fic­tion” cli­mate schemes such as mir­rors in space, a char­ity has urged.

Restor­ing habi­tats by rein­tro­duc­ing beavers to river sys­tems to slow wa­ter flows and curb flood­ing or re­plant­ing coastal man­groves in trop­i­cal coun­tries as storm bar­ri­ers will also help pro­tect peo­ple from the im­pacts of cli­mate change.

The call from Chris­tian Aid comes after warn­ings the world must cut car­bon emis­sions to zero by 2050 to meet goals in the Paris cli­mate deal to curb global warm­ing to 1.5C (2.7F) and avoid the worst im­pacts of ris­ing tem­per­a­ture.

The UK Gov­ern­ment has asked its cli­mate ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee for ad­vice on set­ting a net-zero tar­get for emis­sions and the Euro­pean Union has set out plans for “cli­mate neu­tral­ity” by 2050.

In a re­port on net-zero emis­sions, where any green­house gases that are still put into the at­mos­phere are “off­set” by mea­sures such as plant­ing trees or us­ing tech­nol­ogy to curb warm­ing, Chris­tian Aid backed nat­u­ral so­lu­tions.

The aid char­ity said UK ef­forts to tackle emis­sions should fol­low a sim­i­lar pat­tern to the waste hi­er­ar­chy of “re­duce, re­use, re­cy­cle”.

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