Accounting for the LULUCF sector in the EU’s 2030 climate targets
Written by Alan Matthews
The land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector is assigned an important role in both global and EU climate policy because it is an important store of carbon (around four times as much carbon is stored in soils and biomass including forests as in the atmosphere itself (Lal, 2004) and it is, to date, the only sector with the large-scale potential to sequester carbon from the atmosphere.
The Paris Agreement highlights the potential contribution of the LULUCF...
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Applications are now open for a prestigious £5,000 scholarship aimed at supporting Masters students studying Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems at Harper Adams.
The John Oldacre MSc Scholarship highlights not only the importance of agriculture but of the commitment of Harper Adams and the foundation in developing future industry leaders.
The MSc Agricultural Sciences and Production Systems offers two routes: One deepens existing agricultural knowledge for those students who have studied agriculture already, and the second route is catered to students with other subject specialisms at undergraduate level.
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Dubbed ‘Operation Stock’, the inquiry hopes to get to the bottom of several reports of sheep being killed and illegally butchered in fields across the county. NFU estimates suggest more than 100 sheep have been butchered illegally in the county since March.
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“Spring is traditionally one of the most popular times to launch a farm for sale, but while Q2 was busier than Q1, supply is historically tight,” says Strutt & Parker’s head of estate and farm agency Michael Fiddes.
“The first half of 2019 saw 43,000 acres publicly launched, which is the lowest area marketed since 2014.
“The fall is not unexpected as landowners who have a choice about when to sell are holding back until there is greater economic certainty. This is...
The BVA has hailed the Home Office’s decision to accept the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) recommendation for vets to be reinstated on the Shortage Occupation List.
The association said it was a “huge win for animal welfare and a resounding vote of confidence in the veterinary community”.
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The National Farmers Union, Country Land and Business Association and the Food and Drink Federation have all welcomed Mrs Villiers to her new role and have said how they all look forward to working with her.
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NFU Scotland has welcomed the early announcement that the National Basic Payment Support Scheme (NBPSS) will operate again this year, providing vital financial support for Scottish farmers and crofters at a time of great uncertainty.
Brexit concerns and the prospect of a ‘No-deal’ exit from the EU hangs over every sector of Scottish agriculture and market returns for produce are struggling.
As in 2018, the timetable for 2019 will see loan payment offers made to farmers and crofters in early September.
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