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For the first time scientists have provided clear evidence that tropical tree lifespan decreases above a critical temperature threshold. Findings published in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) show that across the tropics, tree lifespans decrease for temperatures above 25°C. Because temperatures are rising rapidly across large parts of the tropics, tree mortality…
Priestley Centre researchers are involved in a brand-new initiative to explore how the pandemic is affecting food systems in Indigenous communities. ‘The COVID Observatories’ will see researchers from across 16 institutions work with communities and decision makers to document the impacts COVID is having and how people are responding. Indigenous peoples are believed to be…
Researchers from the University of Leeds have contributed to the first-ever detailed roadmap for a fully decarbonised nation. The Sixth Carbon Budget (2033-2037), published today by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), draws on Leeds’ expertise to chart the decisive move to zero carbon for the UK. Research conducted by Professor Peter Taylor, Chair in Sustainable…
A new study shows that strong and rapid action to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will help to slow down the rate of global warming over the next twenty years. This highlights that immediate action on climate change can bring benefits within lifetimes, and not just far into the future. Scientists…
A global coalition of leading climate research universities has urged world leaders to act now to avoid catastrophic environmental consequences. The International Universities Climate Alliance, which includes Leeds, represents a quarter of the world’s top 100 environmental research universities. The group has now issued its first declaration ahead of the G20 Summit this weekend, during which…