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The most advanced and comprehensive analysis of climate sensitivity ever undertaken has revealed with more confidence than ever before how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to carbon dioxide. The 165 page, peer-reviewed journal article was commissioned by the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and included input from Professor Piers Forster, Director of the Priestley International Centre…
A nationwide scheme has been launched to help tackle climate change by encouraging residents to invest in their local councils. The programme, based on University of Leeds research, aims to fund environmentally-friendly projects, generate jobs and create more appealing interest rates for savers. The first of six pilot projects for local government green bonds has…
A new industry coalition report that explores the scale of infrastructure change needed to achieve net-zero heat also highlights the tremendous opportunities it offers. Written by a group of forward-thinking UK businesses and public sector organisations, The Path To Zero Carbon Heat report provides pathways for decarbonising the heating of Britain’s homes and workplaces by 2050, which…
Sub-Saharan Africa is the most food-insecure region in the world. Despite challenges of poverty and malnutrition, in many countries, people rely on agriculture not only for food – but also for their livelihoods. A new £2 million programme, Food Systems Research Network for Africa (FSNet-Africa), will utilise interdisciplinary research to develop a new understanding of…
A major new study shows adding rock dust to farmland could remove the carbon dioxide equivalent of more than the current total emissions from global aviation and shipping combined. This is roughly equal to half of Europe’s current total emissions. The study, whose authors included Priestley Centre researcher Professor Steven Banwart, reveals how spreading finely…