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Biomass burning from cook stoves and agricultural practices is having a profound effect on rainfall reduction in southern Africa. Results from global and regional modelling demonstrate a 20% to 30% decrease in precipitation during the dry season, with local black carbon and organic carbon aerosol emissions being the main cause. Levels of black carbon can increase…
The economic impact of the 2015 Boxing Day floods on the regional economy of Calderdale has been estimated at £170 million, with SMEs suffering double the losses of the previous winter floods in 2012 and some closing permanently. The figures, which show an average loss per firm of £47,000, representing around 12% of their annual turnover, were presented in…
The winter extent of Arctic sea ice is the smallest on record but we need to measure the volume too for the complete picture says University of Leeds’ Professor Andy Shepherd, senior advisor to the European Cryosat mission, in an interview for BBC News Science and Environment (29.03.16). Asked whether 2016 was likely to succeed 2013’s…
Food related emissions will take up our entire carbon budget by 2050 if we don’t change our diets and the way our food is produced, blowing any chance of meeting the raised ambition of the Paris Agreement. That is the conclusion of University of Leeds professor of population ecology Tim Benton and Dr Bojana Bajželj…
Some east African cities are growing ten times faster than cities in other, wealthier parts of the world and there’s a compelling economic case for ensuring such development is low carbon, writes Sarah Colenbrander, Andrew Sudmant and Andy Gouldson from the University of Leeds in The Conversation (22.03.2016). Researchers studied a range of measures that…