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During the last two decades agricultural practices and nitrogen-rich fertilisers have significantly increased the amount of nitrous oxide emissions in the atmosphere, according to a new study. Nitrous oxide (N2O) is one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances. It is also a long-lived greenhouse gas – along with carbon dioxide and methane – that…
A new study, co-authored by a researcher at the Priestley Centre, quantifies the prospects and costs of the ten most important applications of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, can also be used as a raw material, for example in the production of chemicals, building materials, novel…
The Priestley Centre’s October 2019 e-newsletter is available to read here. Highlights include: News of bold University climate targets and recent climate research Opportunity to join a writing workshop with the Conversation An array of funding opportunities   Main image: Anthropogenic emissions in pathways classified by the SR1.5 as consistent with a 1.5 °C temperature…
Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, ‘climate smart’ varieties of crops, according to a new study.  Researchers at the University of Leeds have demonstrated a partnership between wheat and soil fungi that could be utilised to develop new food crops and farming systems which are less…
A new report shows low carbon measures in cities could reduce urban emissions by nearly 90% and support 87 million jobs worldwide by 2030. The Coalition for Urban Transitions is supported by 50 leading international institutions including the University of Leeds. Its report, Climate Emergency Urban Opportunity, shows that governments which invest in low carbon…