Lecture 5

Land Use, Forestry and Carbon Sinks


This lecture took place on 30th October 2007 at County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham. The speakers were:

Prof David S Powlson

Lawes Trust Senior Fellow, Department of Soil Science, Rothamsted Research.

Dave Stanley

Director, Sustainability Consultancy E3 and Lincolnshire beef farmer.

Chair - Paul Learoyd

Chief Executive, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust


The event was organised by Health in Your Environment with the support of Climate Action Network Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and Greater Nottingham Health and Environment Partnership.


The Earth's vegetation and soils contain more carbon than contained in all remaining oil stocks and more than double the amount of carbon currently accumulated in the atmosphere. This is why land use change is a major source of the climate crisis. Perhaps 18% of greenhouse gas emissions are from deforestation - greater than from the whole of the global transport sector.

Professor Powlson introduced the range of issues in this complex and little known topic, drawing out the land management and policy implications. Dave Stanley spoke on energy efficiency and land management with an East Midlands perspective.



You can listen to the speakers being interviewed by our reporter Catherine Adams.

Here are the speakers' presentations.

Here are the questions from the audience (19:03, 8.7MB mp3).






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