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Social enterprise tackles food waste

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Food waste campaigners are calling on Leeds residents and businesses to get on board with their free collection service which prevents household food waste from going to landfill. Instead, the waste is redirected to farmers, allotment holders and everyday gardeners who turn it into environmentally friendly compost that is used to grow better local produce....

Net zero policy risks making the poor poorer – research calls for an inclusive transition

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A new report warns the government’s net zero transition policies could push struggling communities further into deprivation. How can policies create a fair and inclusive transition to net zero? The report is a collaboration between Professor Lucie Middlemiss (School of Earth Environment) and colleagues from the Institute for Community Studies at The Young Foundation, the University of...

Climate change disrupts seasonal flow of rivers

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Climate change is disrupting the seasonal flow of rivers in the far northern latitudes of America, Russia and Europe, posing a threat to water security and ecosystems, according to new research. A team of scientists led by the University of Leeds analysed historical data from river gauging stations across the globe and found that 21%...

Side effects of wide scale forestation could reduce carbon removal

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The side effects of large-scale forestation initiatives could reduce the CO2 removal benefits by up to a third. Researchers at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield used computer models, which simulate the land, ocean and atmosphere, to investigate the impact of forestation under future climate scenarios. They found that while forestation increases...

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting – and being replaced by vegetation

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An estimated 11,000 sq miles or 28,707 sq kilometres of Greenland’s ice sheet and glaciers have melted over the last three decades, according to a major analysis of historic satellite records. The total area of ice loss is equivalent to the size of Albania, and represents about 1.6 % of Greenland’s total ice and glacier...