Leeds PhD student Jesus Vergara-Temprado is lead author of a study published in PNAS that shows uniquely low concentrations of ice-nucleating particles in the Southern Ocean strongly inhibit precipitation
Carbon emissions from the Brazilian Amazon are increasingly dominated by forest fires during extreme droughts rather than by emissions from fires directly associated with the deforestation process, according to a study in Nature Communications that Leeds' Prof Manuel Gloor (Geography) was an author on
A study led by the University of Leeds has found that no country currently meets its citizens’ basic needs at a globally sustainable level of resource use. The research, published in Nature Sustainability, is the first to quantify the sustainability of national resource use associated with meeting basic human needs for 151 countries
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Leeds, studied the way that reactive gases emitted by trees and vegetation affect the climate. Their research, published today in Nature Communications, found these reactive gases cool our climate, meaning deforestation would lead to higher temperatures than previously anticipated as less of the gases would be created.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Land degradation, desertification and climate change: Anticipating, assessing and adapting to future change. Mark S Reed and Lindsay C Stringer. Routledge, ISBN 978-1-84971-271-2.
Much is known about the processes and effects of land degradation and climate change; little is understood about the links and feedbacks between them. Less still is known about how these processes interact in different social and ecological settings. Research at Leeds tackles these knowledge gaps, offering solutions in adapting to the dual challenge of climate change and land degradation.
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.
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
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