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The Senegal man on a mission to plant five million trees

The Senegal man on a mission to plant five million trees

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Jo Hollis/BBCBy Jo HollisBBC News, CasamanceA man in southern Senegal has set himself the ambitious task of planting five million trees over the next five years.This visionary project came to Adama Diémé when he returned home to the Casamance region in 2020 after a few years working in Europe.The 48-year-old was shocked that in villages that were populated with hundreds of gigantic trees in his youth, only a handful, if any, now remained."In some villages, you can't find one tree. They cut them but they don't think about planting again," he told the BBC.Across Africa desertification is one of the reasons blamed for deforestation but, in this area, along the sweeping expanse of the Casamance River, the trees are more likely to have been cut down for construction purposes like building house...
Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

Climate change: ‘Forever plant’ seagrass faces uncertain future

Science
Ayuntamiente de IbizaThe green, underwater meadows of Posidonia seagrass that surround the Balearic Islands are one of the world's most powerful, natural defences against climate change. A hectare of this ancient, delicate plant can soak up 15 times more carbon dioxide every year than a similar sized piece of the Amazon rainforest.But this global treasure is now under extreme pressure from tourists, from development and ironically from climate change. Posidonia oceanica is found all over the Mediterranean but the area between Mallorca and Formentera is of special interest, having been designated a world heritage site by Unesco over 20 years ago.Here you'll find around 55,000 hectares of the plant, which helps prevent coastal erosion, acts as a nursery for fish, but also plays a globally si...
Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

Aston Martin’s electric sports models to be made at Gaydon plant

Business
Luxury car giant Aston Martin has pledged to manufacture all of its electric cars in the UK from 2025.As first reported in the Financial Times, owner Lawrence Stroll said all of its battery sports cars will be made at its plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire.Its electric SUV models will be made at St Athan in Glamorgan, he confirmed.The company is due to start making hybrid versions of its cars over the next four years, followed by battery-only models.ReutersA growing number of car makers have said they are moving away from petrol and diesel engines, including Jaguar Land Rover, which announced last month its Jaguar brand will be all-electric by 2025.It comes as the UK government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.Aston Martin is not going quite as far and said it would...
National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities

National Trust to plant blossom trees in cities

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EPAThe National Trust is planning to plant dozens of blossoming trees, including cherry, hazel and plum, at different sites around the UK.As part of the plan, a circle of 33 trees will be planted in London, one representing each London borough. Designs are being finalised for groves in Nottingham, Newcastle and Plymouth - and other sites will follow.The project should help improve access to nature for those in towns and cities across the country.The idea is to try to create a UK equivalent of Japan's concept of "Hanami" - the annual celebration of flowers, and the coming of spring.Research carried out for the National Trust last year showed that almost half a million people live in "grey deserts " with no trees or green spaces nearby.Hilary McGrady, director general of the Trust, said the...
Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant

Sizewell C: Government in talks to fund £20bn nuclear plant

Business
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