A new study, co-authored by a researcher at the Priestley Centre, quantifies the prospects and costs of the ten most important applications of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming, can also be used as a raw material, for example in the production of chemicals, building materials, novel…
Introducing fungi to wheat boosted their uptake of key nutrients and could lead to new, ‘climate smart’ varieties of crops, according to a new study.  Researchers at the University of Leeds have demonstrated a partnership between wheat and soil fungi that could be utilised to develop new food crops and farming systems which are less…
A new report shows low carbon measures in cities could reduce urban emissions by nearly 90% and support 87 million jobs worldwide by 2030. The Coalition for Urban Transitions is supported by 50 leading international institutions including the University of Leeds. Its report, Climate Emergency Urban Opportunity, shows that governments which invest in low carbon…
Reducing fossil fuel emissions aggressively but gradually will not cause a large spike in short-term warming as feared, according to new research. Climate negotiations have been clouded in recent years by studies predicting that cleaning up fossil-fuel air pollution rapidly will inadvertently lead to a sudden rise in atmospheric temperature – roughly half a degree…
The University of Leeds has fully divested from significant fossil fuel extractors and has set out seven bold principles it will adopt to help tackle the climate crisis. The principles have been approved by the University’s governing body, its Council, and outline the ambitious steps the University is taking to support the global transition to…