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Climate Change Threat Map 5 March 2021

National Trust’s climate change threat map a ‘game–changer’

 via BBC News

A “game–changing” new map shows the threats climate change may have on the UK’s stately homes and landscapes.

The National Trust warns the number of its sites facing a high level of threat from issues such as coastal erosion, extreme heat and flooding could rise from 5% to 17% over the next 40 years.

Its map plots a worst–case scenario where nothing is done over that time to drive down global carbon emissions.

The charity says planning for the worst will help it protect sites effectively.

The map is intended to help highlight potential future hazards in heritage or countryside sites across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Interventions can then be made to reduce the hazards – such as planting trees to provide shade in higher temperature areas, or restoring peat bogs to prevent flooding.

The worst–case scenario shows:

  • High heat and humidity would hit the south–east of England, with a third of National Trust sites in the region experiencing at least 15 days above 30C (86F) a year
  • Storm damage, landslides and flooding would become common and more widespread, particularly in the north of England and Wales
  • Coastal erosion and flooding will increase in Northern Ireland, potentially leading to more landslides around locations such as the Giant’s Causeway

The charity wants to plant 20 million trees before 2030, and said the map will ensure trees are planted where they are needed most.

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