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High profile speakers discuss the Future of Wild Europe

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The President of Iceland and Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques) will be speaking at The Future of Wild Europe, a three-day conference at the University of Leeds next week. Guðni Jóhannesson and film producer and environmentalist Cousteau, founder of the Oceans Futures Society, are guest speakers on Wednesday 14 September, when they will be talking about...

Frankenstein was first cli fi creation

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Mary Shelley’s creature in her famous novel Frankenstein was better adapted to  Artic environments than human beings because the author believed the Earth would turn colder and eventually freeze. Dr David Higgins, Associate Professor in English Literature, spoke about the influence of Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley and their contemporary, Lord Byron, on Radio 4’s...

Dark ice report from Greenland

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Professor Liane Benning and Dr Jim McQuaid from the School of Earth and Environment told BBC weather presenter Keeley Donovan about their experiences researching ice melt in Greenland on The Weather Show on BBC Radio Leeds (13 August). The researchers, who were taking part in the Black and Bloom project on the Greenland ice sheet, which...

Record June temperatures raise climate change concerns

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June 2016 was the hottest June worldwide in history, prompting the BBC to report on the impact of dangerous climate change. Records are being smashed month on month, with June the latest in a 14-month run of consecutive record-breaking global temperatures. Priestley Centre director Piers Forster, who is Professor of Physical Climate Change at the University of Leeds, tells the Yorkshire...

Climate risk heightened by Brexit says report’s Leeds author

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University of Leeds professor Andrew Challinor was quoted on the risks of climate change to the UK following the issuing of a report on Tuesday 11 July by the Committee on Climate Change. Interviewed for Bloomberg, the Priestley Centre academic said that the UK’s decision to leave the EU could make the identified risks, which include...