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Environment and Agriculture - Climate Change

Environment and Agriculture - Climate Change Broken ground

Scientists and Governments throughout the world are in agreement about the facts of man made climate change and the need to take action. Unabated climate change will have serious impacts on all sections of society and all parts of the world.

Climate change is already having impacts on farm operations. Too much rain at the wrong time can cause havoc during any part of the crop cycle as can prolonged periods of drought. Late wet springs can seriously affect animal health and increase the incidence of animal disease.

The Scottish Government is committed to a reduction of 80% in Greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Farming has a big positive role to play, managing carbon sinks in the form of soil, crops and timber. Farming is very much a part of the climate change solution.

The Scottish Government has designed a practical programme, with real world solutions that farmers can implement.