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Reducing emissions must be the priority for UK universities but carbon offsetting can also play an important role in the transition to net-zero, according to a group of academic experts from the COP26 Universities Network. The network is made up of more than 50 UK universities and research institutions working together to help deliver an ambitious outcome at the UN Climate Change…
Scientists believe a key nutrient transported by the wind is contributing to the growth of algal blooms on melting ice sheets. The presence of the blooms increases the rate at which the ice melts, causing sea levels to rise. The Greenland ice sheet – the second largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic…
The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research. And the findings also reveal that the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017 –  equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 metres thick covering the whole of the UK. The research is the…
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…