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Drought caused the Amazon to stop storing carbon

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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...

Dreamworthy, not dystopian: reenvisaging a low carbon future

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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...

Truth and urgency: Lord Deben’s commands to climate scientists

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“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...

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...