Antarctica retreating across the seafloor

Researchers from CPOM have measured Antarctica's ice using satellites and discovered that it is melting from underneath, with significant implications for sea level rise

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Consumption-based GHG emissions of C40 cities

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with goods and services consumed by residents of 79 cities give a picture of how to tackle climate change at a local level

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Romanticism, climate change and the anthropocene

What have Lord Byron and Mary Shelley got to contribute to attitudes towards climate change? David Higgins' book examines how Mount Tambora's eruption brings a historical perspective

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Funding a low carbon energy system: a fairer approach?

A policy briefing for UKERC on why levies applied to household energy bills hit the poorest - and how this could be changed

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Featured journal papers

Research by CPOM at the University of Leeds published in Nature Geoscience shows that Antarctica’s great ice sheet is losing ground as it is eroded by warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, resulting in the grounding line shifting. The study shows that the Southern Ocean melted an area of Antarctica’s underwater ice the size of Greater London between 2010-2016
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Priestley Chair of Climate Change Adaptation James Ford is lead author and Priestley Chair in Climate and Health Lea Berrang Ford is a co-author on this paper in Global Environmental Change on the role of community-based adaptation in indigenous community settings.
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Solutions that address demand for energy and associated changes in behaviour, lifestyles and social norms should be given a stronger focus in climate change mitigation say a group of researchers writing in Nature Climate Change, including Prof Jan Minx, Professor Julia Steinberger and Prof Wandi Bruine de Bruin from the Priestley International Centre for Climate.
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This paper in Sustainability by Nicola Favretto (lead author) and others including Andy Dougill, Lindsay Stringer and Claire Quinn from the School of Earth and Environment investigates explores perceptions of co-benefits produced by two community-level projects that pursue ecosystem restoration in South Africa.
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Featured reports

This report by researchers from the University of Leeds and the University of Calgary highlights both the opportunity presented to Calgary and the challenges that need to be overcome if the opportunity is to be taken. The analysis shows that the benefits of many actions far outweigh the costs; a low carbon future for Calgary will not just improve the global climate, but bring economic and social benefits to the lives of Calgarians.
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New research by C40 Cities, the University of Leeds, University of New South Wales, and Arup examines the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with goods and services consumed by residents of cities. The findings reveal a detailed picture of the supply chains and sphere of impact that mayors, businesses and citizens can potentially influence with their climate action.
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Wetter winters and coastal erosion linked to climate change are threatening the sport of golf, and other much loved UK sports, according to a new report that University of Leeds scientists have contributed to
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Priestley Chairs Lea Berrang Ford and James Ford are lead authors on the Adaptation Gap Report: Towards a Global Assessment, published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report was launched on 7 November 2017 at an event at the UNFCCC climate conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany.
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Featured policy briefings

To recover the cost of energy policies which support the transition towards a low carbon energy system, levies are applied to household and business energy bills. PUblished by UKERC, this policy briefing by Prof John Barrett, Dr Anne Owen and Prof Peter Taylor focuses on the levies applied to households and suggests alternative approaches
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Research led by the University of Leeds has found that about 80,000 deaths are prevented each year by European Union policies and new technologies to reduce air pollution. The curbs on soot pollution have also directly benefited climate. Maintaining and strengthening existing air quality policy and developing new technologies that further drive down emissions will avoid further premature deaths.
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Featured books

British Romanticism, Climate Change, and the Anthropocene: Writing Tambora by David Higgins (Palgrave Pivot; hardback and eBook) This book is the first major ecocritical study of the relationship between British Romanticism and climate change. It analyses a wide range of texts – by authors including Lord Byron, William Cobbett, Sir Stamford Raffles, Mary Shelley, and Percy Shelley – in relation to the global crisis produced by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. By connecting these texts to current debates in the environmental humanities, it reveals the value of a historicized approach to the Anthropocene.
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Meteorology of Tropical West Africa; the forecasters’ handbook. Douglas J. Parker, Mariane Diop-Kane, Editors. Wiley-Blackwell. Print ISBN: 9781118391303 Meteorology of tropical West Africa: the Forecasters’ Handbook presents the science and practice of weather forecasting for an important region of the tropics. Connecting basic theory with forecasting practice, the book provides a unique training volume for operational weather forecasters, and is also suitable for students of tropical meteorology.
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Postgrowth and Wellbeing: Challenges to Sustainable Welfare. Milena Buchs and Max Koch, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017 (DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-59903-8) This book by Dr Milena Buchs (Sustainability Research Institute) and Max Koch presents a critical discussion about how human wellbeing can be maintained and improved in a postgrowth era. It highlights the close links between economic growth, market capitalism, and the welfare state demonstrating that, in many ways, wellbeing outcomes currently depend on the growth paradigm.
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A graphic novel edited by James Mckay and Benjamin Dickson, published by the University of Leeds. A sequel to the 2013 project with school children called Dreams of a Low Carbon Future, published as a free educational resource. This book explores in depth a positive, sustainable future for the UK in the year 2150, through art and stories.
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Research briefs

The Priestley Centre has published a collection of research briefs, bringing together a selection of solution-focused climate research across four main areas: improving prediction of future climate; understanding risk to develop a resilient world; enabling low-carbon transitions, and addressing the social, political and economic dimensions of climate change
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Infographics

A bespoke website for a new paper by Leeds researchers offers interactive charts to show the median level of resource use for 20 countries in a dataset that are closest to a range of social thresholds. Sliders below each of the social indicators can be used to raise or lower thresholds for a “good life”, and explore what choices would mean for sustainability
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