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Research by University of Leeds academics underpins the groundbreaking commitment from the UK government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Following a request from governments of the UK, Wales and Scotland, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), made their net zero recommendation in May. Professor Piers...

Hope, ideas, and wild plants sprouting in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales by Hanna Pettersson Image by Howard Chalkley If you are keeping abreast of the environment debate, few words better sum up the current state of affairs than ‘doom and gloom’. And they are justified. The latest IPCC...

Image by Maria Beger Coral reef ecosystems are collapsing, with live coral cover on reefs having nearly halved over the past 150 years. These small polyp-like creatures, related to jellyfish, secrete a calcium carbonate exoskeleton that forms the reef – a habitat that provides shelter and food for a rich...

We are two PhD researchers from the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds.  As active members of both the scientific community and the general public, we have experienced frustration with how inaccessible and overly-technical information relating to climate science can appear to people not working in it,...

The overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that we are fast approaching (or have already passed, in some cases) the edge of climate change: the threshold at which the runaway effects of anthropogenic emissions will prevent any meaningful attempts to mitigate the consequences for life on Earth. It is widely...