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Priestley Centre for Climate Futures

We are a world-leading climate centre based at the University of Leeds. From local to global, we ensure that climate action is informed by the latest research, collaborating with organisations and individuals to transform our expertise into real-world impact.


Forests continue to capture carbon despite challenges

The world’s forests have absorbed more than 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide over the past three decades, but they need more protection, according to a new study. Professors Oliver Phillips and Simon Lewis from the School of Geography contributed to the tropical component of the global study, which assessed how the most carbon-rich, species-rich forests have responded to...

Northern Monk announces long-term partnership with Restoring Hardknott Forest

Northern Monk’s Faith in Future Foundation commits long-term support to the Restoring Hardknott Forest project, led by the Biosphere Atmosphere Group in the School of Earth and Environment. Restoring Hardknott Forest is a research and practice project to restore one of the largest conifer plantations in the Lake District National Park. It was selected as a...

Melting of Alaskan glaciers accelerating faster than previously thought

Melting of glaciers in a major Alaskan icefield has accelerated and could reach an irreversible tipping point earlier than previously thought, new research suggests. The research team which included the University of Leeds, found that glacier loss on Juneau Icefield, which straddles the boundary between Alaska and British Columbia, Canada, has increased dramatically since 2010....

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9th International HEPPA-SOLARIS meeting

The HEPPA-SOLARIS meetings focus observational and modelling studies of the influences of solar radiation and energetic particle precipitation on the...


Priestley Centre for Climate Futures: launch celebration

As the Priestley Centre steps into a new era, with an expanded team and extended offer, we’re gathering people from...

Policing and our Climate Crisis: Reflections on the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfires in Australia

In this Centre for Criminal Justice Studies public lecture, Dr Jarrett Blaustein will explore what policing is, and what it...

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Four crucial climate targets the new UK government should adopt immediately

By Professor John Barrett The UK is not on track to meet its climate targets and has no credible pathway to get there. However, a new...

Celebrating the next phase of the Priestley Centre

Just over 8 years ago the Priestley Centre opened its doors, with an aim to bring together climate experts from across the University of Leeds...

Meet the virtual influencers inspiring climate action

By Dr Maximilian Gerrath Encouraging people to take climate action remains one of the most important and yet difficult tasks of this century. With climate change scepticism still prevailing, it is...

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