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A new study has found extreme disparity in the use of energy among richer and poorer people – both within countries and between them. The study examined energy inequality for income classes across 86 countries, from highly industrialised to developing nations. In the first study of its kind, University of Leeds researchers combined European Union and World Bank data…
Greenland and Antarctica are losing ice faster than in the 1990s and are both tracking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s worst-case climate warming scenario. As a result, this will lead to an extra 17 centimetres of sea level rise by 2100. A team of 89 polar scientists from 50 international organisations have produced the…
The ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing, according to a study tracking 300,000 trees over 30 years, published today in Nature. The global scientific collaboration, led by the University of Leeds, reveals that a feared switch of the world’s undisturbed tropical forests from a carbon sink to…
Extinction risk could decrease by more than 50% if at least 30% of land were to be conserved across the tropics, a new study reveals. The paper, authored by 21 global biodiversity and climate change scientists including Professor Jon Lovett from Leeds, finds increased conservation efforts paired with efforts to limit global warming to two…
Scientists have secured funding to investigate ways the UK steel industry can be decarbonised within 30 years. Steel manufacturing is a high carbon process. According to figures from the World Steel Association, every tonne that is manufactured creates 1.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide, a key gas responsible for climate change. With the UK legally committed to be…