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Optimistic response to Climate Question Time

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A Climate Question held at the University of Leeds to mark the launch of the Priestley International Centre for Climate produced an optimistic response to the question, ‘Are there achievable solutions for limiting climate impacts at 1.5C level?’ By the conclusion of the panel debate, 96 people (60% of the audience) voted ‘yes’ to the...

Crop breeding is not keeping pace with climate change

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Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties, experts have warned. The research, led by the University of Leeds and published today in the journal Nature Climate Change, focusses on maize in Africa but the underlying...

Climate centres link to focus research strength on solutions

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A decade-long “fruitful cooperation” between researchers at the University of Leeds and a long-established climate centre in Norway was formalised at the Priestley Centre launch on 14 June. Kristin Halvorsen, director of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo (CICERO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on joint research with Priestley Centre director Piers Forster...

Speeches launch Priestley International Centre for Climate

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Two hundred people – University of Leeds staff, PhD students and stakeholders – attended the launch of the Priestley International Centre for Climate on Tuesday 14 June at Leeds University Business School. The event saw the presentation of the first international prize for a world-leading contribution to solution focused climate research as well as the formalising of...

First Piers Sellers Prizes awarded

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The first winners of the Piers Sellers Prizes for outstanding research in climate science have been announced. In honour of Dr Sellers’ work as a renowned climate scientist and in raising public awareness of global warming, the Priestley Centre has created two annual prizes in his name to recognise outstanding research in the field. The...