Environmental impact

OpenFields organises items about environmental impact into six sub-categories:

Climate change

  • Impact - The crops we produce in the UK and around the World could alter significantly with climate change. The weather is a vital part in farming and changes in temperature and precipitation will be important in sustaining crop growth.
  • Adaptations - For the UK, temperature rises look likely to mean the crops we would normally see growing in the south of the country will be able to be grown further north. Products which haven't been farmed over here before, such as sweetcorn, sunflowers, soya and maize for cereals, could all provide new business for farmers - certainly in the south east. For land owners further north and west, such as in parts of Scotland, livestock farming could become more suitable to such climes.
  • Policies - The 1997 Koyoto treaty, the 2006 Bonn conference and the 2008 G8 Toyako summit set the scene for changing national and international policies and adopting powerful and legally binding measures.

Flood & coastal defence

  • Flood and Water Management Bill
  • surface water drainage
  • adaptation and resilience
  • emergency planning
  • making space for water
  • coastal squeeze

Managing land for environmental benefit

  • land stewardship
  • catchment sensitive farming

Wastes management & pollution control

  • recycling
  • waste minimisation
  • biological and thermal treatment of wastes
  • hazardous waste
  • wastewater treatment
  • pollution abatement strategies

Wildlife & biodiversity

  • endangered species


  • landscape protection
  • conservation
  • designated areas
  • geodiversity
  • wetlands

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