География и окружающая среда Англии, Уэльса, Северной Ирландии и Шотландии

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The Government is committed to the elimination of chlorofluorocarbons, which damage the ozone layer. They also contribute to the greenhouse effect, which leads to global warming and rise in sea levels.

Britain stresses the need for improvement in understanding the science of climate change.

There are nearly 500,000 protected buildings, and 7,000 conservation areas of architectural or historical interest, in Britain. The Government supports the work of the voluntary sector in preserving the national heritage. Green belts are where land should be left open and free from urban sprawl. The Government attaches great importance to their protection. National parks cover 9 per cent of the total land area of England and Wales. Some 38 areas of outstanding natural beauty have been designed - 13 per cent of the same land area. Three regional parks and 40 national scenic areas cover 13 per cent of Scotland. Care is taken to control development on parts of the coastline.

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