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Scientists believe a key nutrient transported by the wind is contributing to the growth of algal blooms on melting ice sheets. The presence of the blooms increases the rate at which the ice melts, causing sea levels to rise. The Greenland ice sheet – the second largest ice body in the world after the Antarctic…
The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research. And the findings also reveal that the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017 –  equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 metres thick covering the whole of the UK. The research is the…
For the first time scientists have provided clear evidence that tropical tree lifespan decreases above a critical temperature threshold. Findings published in the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) show that across the tropics, tree lifespans decrease for temperatures above 25°C. Because temperatures are rising rapidly across large parts of the tropics, tree mortality…
Researchers from the University of Leeds have contributed to the first-ever detailed roadmap for a fully decarbonised nation. The Sixth Carbon Budget (2033-2037), published today by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), draws on Leeds’ expertise to chart the decisive move to zero carbon for the UK. Research conducted by Professor Peter Taylor, Chair in Sustainable…
A new study shows that strong and rapid action to cut emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases will help to slow down the rate of global warming over the next twenty years. This highlights that immediate action on climate change can bring benefits within lifetimes, and not just far into the future. Scientists…