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UK scientists call on Prime Minister to influence Trump on climate

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A hundred UK climate scientists have signed a letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, urging her to press US President-Elect Donald Trump to address climate change. Prof Piers Forster, director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate at the University of Leeds, is quoted in The Guardian today (16.01.17), saying, “What concerns me is that...

African peat swamps discovery makes international headlines

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Research by Professor Simon Lewis (Geography, University of Leeds) and Dr Greta Dargie (University College London) mapping the largest peatland in the tropics, an area larger than New York State in the Congo Basin in Central Africa, has received widespread international coverage. (See press release here.) The new study, published in Nature on 11 January...

Antarctic ice thinning study aired

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A study of thinning ice in Antarctica by University of Leeds researcher Dr Hannes Konrad has been featured on Paul Hudson’s Weather Show on BBC Radio Leeds and other BBC local radio stations. The study, which uses satellite observations of the ice going back to the early 1990s, shows how the ice sheet has changed and...

Piers Sellers 1955-2016

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Piers Sellers, astronaut and climate scientist, passed away on Friday 23 December in Houston from pancreatic cancer. He was 61. Dr Sellers had served as acting director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and was an alumnus of the University of Leeds. University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said:...