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"So long and thanks for the maps"

"So long and thanks for all the fish, I meant maps (apologies to Douglas Adams)" was the last post in my #30DayMapChallenge report...

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Return East Anglia Peatlands to being carbon sinks

Community Engagement 12345678910111213, 141516171819 & 20

[ Update 4: actual Fenlanders interviewed in this fab blog post

Update 3: peatland restoration by numbers, Indonesian example

Update 2: soil degradation and climate change masterclass, TEDtalk pointers

Update: added Why we should all be obsessed with Peatlands at the end of the story map below ]

No. 20! Isn't it fitting that chronicling East Anglia challenges & opportunities w.r.t. climate emergency - risk of flooding, sea level rise,  vulnerability indices and now pandemic - uncovered the greatest opportunity yet: returning local peatlands from carbon emitters to original carbon sinks could dwarf any individual effort to mitigate CO2 emissions, currently the major driver of climate change.

Following post #19 above on brand new Land cover to study East Anglia peatlands evolution, the story map "Fenlands Challenge" below outlines the history, current status and possible directions. Please note the abundant data and extensive work from Environment Agency's Natural England, sister branch to DEFRA whose abundant data were used until now. Together with lessons-learned, this framework was stood up in a couple of months, against a couple of years for flood risk and infrastructure!

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Stop presses! OpenCambridge hosted just ten days ago "A land drained, a nation fed: the Fens since 1600": could you not ask for a better primer on this region? My brief transcript below offers a humorous twist.