Events

The listings below are for climate-related events across the University of Leeds.

If you have an event that you’d like us to promote, email the details to climate@leeds.ac.uk

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It’s essential to life on our planet but climate change, a growing population and global inequality are creating challenges for how we access, use, and live with water. The United Nations estimates that by 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas, whilst areas of the UK are having to rethink responses to…
Abstract In 2015, the UN adopted a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals, to eradicate poverty, establish socioeconomic inclusion and protect the environment. Critical voices such as the International Council for Science (ICSU), however, have expressed concerns about the potential incompatibility of the SDGs, specifically the incompatibility of socio-economic development…
Abstract People’s carbon footprints in rich countries tend to be unsustainably large. Reducing them is not an easy task. Milena will ask what environmental grassroots initiatives can do to help people cut their carbon footprints. Are people who regularly engage with an environmental initiative more likely to reduce their energy use? Which barriers do environmental…
Dr Paul Manktelow, Principal Consultant at Arcadis, will talk about air quality in the UK, how it’s controlled and how the government is being held to account over failure to meet air quality targets. Dr Manktelow will also touch on the proposed Clean Air Zone in Leeds, as well as how air quality is considered…
Abstract Public transport is planned and provided in a complex and dynamic institutional context. Institutional reforms in Western Europe have made it more difficult to establish well-functioning public transport systems, due to an organizational fragmentation that has resulted in coordination problems between public transport authorities, companies, and the local authorities, among others. The issue is…
Abstract Climate change is urgent and important, but also, for many, boring, difficult and confusing. What kinds of stories, artworks and other interventions are being created in response to ‘the greatest challenge facing humanity’ — a challenge that is also apparently forgettable? Joe Smith (Professor of Environment and Society, the Open University) and Renata Tyszczuk (Senior…
Our free and open to all film series, ‘Speaking Truth to Power:  Films for a Finite World’, continues with ‘The Four Horsemen’. Made in 2012 by Ross Ashcroft, The Four Horsemen is an independent feature documentary which lifts the lid on how the world really works. It is a film that questions the systems we’ve created…
Abstract Can we beat climate change? For business, there are two sides to answering that question. On the one hand, there are the consequences for business of actions to avoid a rise in global average temperatures. On the other hand, there are the consequences for business if it becomes apparent that the 2oC target will…
Abstract Farmers in Africa are highly vulnerable to variability in the weather – especially to drought. Robust and timely information on drought risk can enable farmers to take action to increase yields. Monitoring weather conditions is, however, difficult in Africa because of the heterogeneity of the climate, and the sparsity of the ground-observing network. Remotely…
Free and open to all film series, ‘Speaking Truth to Power:  Films for a Finite World’, continues with  ‘This Changes Everything’, co-hosted with the Priestley International Centre for Climate.  Inspired by Naomi Klein’s bestselling book of the same name, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Shot in…