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Climate change threatens British-grown fruit and veg


Extreme and unpredictable weather, made more frequent by climate change, is putting future supplies of British potatoes at risk according to a new report. The report, by the Climate Coalition, draws on research by the Priestley International Centre for Climate and says the UK can expect more frequent extreme weather events – including longer-lasting and...

Twitter campaign gives voice to crowdsourced climate poem


Tweets from a social media campaign run by the Priestley International Centre for Climate have been brought together in a poem that creates a heartfelt call for action on climate change. The poem was written by Dr Sam Illingworth, who created it using responses from the #MyClimate Twitter campaign run by the Priestley Centre and...

“Enormous scale” of climate challenge and healthcare


Professor Lea Berrang Ford, Priestley Chair in Climate and Health, has called for “an entire transformation of the healthcare system” to cope with the combined impacts of climate change, an ageing population and social care needs. Speaking on Paul Hudson’s Weather Show on BBC Radio Leeds, Prof Berrang Ford pointed out the threats from climate...

Climate change affects insects’ ability to evade predators


Harmless flies have evolved over millions of years to mimic the appearance of stinging insects, but new evidence suggests climate change is reducing the effectiveness of that disguise. Many species have adopted a form of the yellow and black banding commonly seen on stinging insects, which predators such as birds and spiders have learnt to...

Northern surveys show high levels of concern about climate change


Public concern about climate change appears to be on the rise, according to a survey on climate solutions carried out by a group of universities in the north of England during Green GB Week. The survey, produced by the Priestley International Centre for Climate, was conducted using face to face interviews at locations in Leeds,...