Centre news

A 24-hour event at the University of Leeds is looking to sign up participants with staying power to crack a climate change challenge for the city. Leeds is one of 121 major cities around the world taking part in the marathon climate event on 28-29 October. Participants will focus on tackling the question, “How can…
The most extensive land-based study of the effect of drought on Amazonian rainforests to date has shown that a recent drought completely shut down the Amazon Basin’s carbon sink. Previous research has suggested that the Amazon – the most extensive tropical forest on Earth – may be gradually losing its capacity to take carbon from…
Envisaging a future under climate change tends to generate apocalyptic scenarios, which can make people feel helpless and  switch them off from taking action. Leeds researcher James McKay is aiming to change perceptions with his climate fiction, which portrays positive visions through graphic novels. Laurie Goering of Thomson Reuters interviews the Priestley Centre engineer who runs…
“At the heart of all the Priestley Centre is going to do is communicate the knowledge so that people can be responsible. . . and at the heart of that is being able to tell the truth in the way in which it hits the ears as the truth.” Lord Deben’s rousing speech to the Climate…