Eastbourne must double urban tree cover to meet Net-zero targets

Tweet There are plans to make this town carbon-neutral by 2030, but in order for that to happen- the number of trees in the area needs to double. A study by a beta project (Urban Tree Cover) found that a mere 16% of Eastbourne is canopy-covered. When comparing this figure with more eco-friendly UK towns and cities, it’s revealed that Cardiff’s urban areas are 25% green, Edinburgh has 17% tree cover amongst its residential areas and Farnham in Surrey has a whopping 45% of canopy cover.  Although coastal towns like Eastbourne tend to have less green space, this town should double its tree…

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How is our local wildlife being impacted by changeable weather?

Tweet It may surprise you that atmospheric changes lead to confused weather patterns which is interfering with Eastbourne’s woodland animals. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service have noticed that hedgehogs haven’t hibernated properly during the past winter because it wasn’t as cold as expected. As a result, they haven’t had to sleep or rest, but have instead been out during the past winter which is when sources of food like slugs and worms are at a low. The British hedgehog’s population has declined by 50%, which shows the devastating…

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The truth about COVID-19 and the environment

Tweet As nations worldwide continue with lockdown, we can see small changes to the environment. While a pandemic is a disaster, especially for underdeveloped countries that do not have the means to battle the virus- this report outlines the linkage between nature and disease. The most prominent change is reduced air pollution as people are forced to stay at home and avoid travel. Transport makes up around 23% of global carbon emissions and as a result of restricted commuting, harmful gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitrogen oxide (NO2) have…

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Australia on fire: a warming of oceans and the atmosphere means more to come

Tweet The country’s three-year drought and bush fires that turned 11 million hectares of forest into cinders casts a light on the global climate crisis. A spokesperson from the Australian Conservation Foundation said: “Scott Morrison is still denying global warming and his answers for it are inadequate.”  The nation contributes to 1.3% of the world’s pollution, but taking into account how much coal it exports to South East Asian countries like China, Japan and India- the percentage would be around 17%.  “To keep digging and burning fossil fuels will condemn us to…

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Flooding in Eastbourne

Tweet Global warming means rising sea levels and unpredictable weather and you may be wondering how likely it is for Eastbourne to be flooded. Two factors are considered when measuring the likelihood of a particular area getting flooded- metres above sea level, and how much your council has invested in water overflow protection. getthedata.com has a map of our coastal town with red circles indicating there’s a high risk of swamping, and green to show that there’s a very low chance. The website’s maps are generated by the Environment Agency’s…

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Make Eastbourne a carbon-neutral town

Tweet Our performance to reduce global warming is ineffective compared to other similar local authority regions. Friends of the Earth revealed that Eastbourne has 5 megawatts of renewable energy available coming from natural and clean power like the sea, sun and wind- but if it were to match similar local council neighborhoods, it would have 33MW. Renewable energy can come from wind farms and solar panels; on average, 1MW of sustainable power creates enough energy for 125 homes. Tree coverage needs to increase, as Bluesky International Ltd- an aerial survey…

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