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Four crucial climate targets the new UK government should adopt immediately

By Professor John Barrett The UK is not on track to meet its climate targets and has no credible pathway to get there. However, a new...

Celebrating the next phase of the Priestley Centre

Just over 8 years ago the Priestley Centre opened its doors, with an aim to bring together climate experts from across the University of Leeds...

Meet the virtual influencers inspiring climate action

By Dr Maximilian Gerrath Encouraging people to take climate action remains one of the most important and yet difficult tasks of this century. With climate change scepticism still prevailing, it is...

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Resources for everyone

What Can We Do to Address Climate Change?

Written by Priestley Centre researchers, especially for young people. Reviewed by kids, for kids!

Climate researchers answer your questions

Answers to questions we hear at our 'Ask a Climate Researcher' stand at the Leeds climate strikes

Empower the eco-anxious

A group of students evaluate what the University of Leeds is doing to address eco-anxiety in young people

Climate careers advice

Podcasts

The 'Ask A Climate Researcher' project

Three of our researchers discuss the 'Ask A Climate Researcher' project and climate communication.

Moving society to net-zero

Simon Moore talks to a variety of people at the University of Leeds who are working to bring about a net-zero, socially just future.

Towards a net-zero university: how to change an institution

Professor Anna Mdee and Dr Katy Roelich talk about studying the University of Leeds’ transition to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030.

Stabilising Earth’s Climate: Key Social Dynamics

Dr Viktoria Spaiser and Dr Nicole Nisbett discuss the importance of social dynamics in finding solutions to the climate crisis.

Featured reports

Community Municipal Investments and Local Climate Bonds

Community Municipal Investments (CMIs) have the potential to ensure local net-zero strategies are delivered more efficiently. This report presents key findings from two case studies and evaluates the scalability of CMIs as a simple, low-risk mechanism for diversifying borrowing sources.

Carbon Footprint: Exploring the UK’s contribution to climate change

Nearly half the UK’s carbon footprint comes from emissions released overseas to satisfy UK-based consumption, according to a new report from WWF that University of Leeds researchers were involved in authoring.

Decarbonising the Foundation Industries: implications for workers

This report focuses on the energy-intensive industries in the UK, the prospects for decarbonisation, and related employment and skills issues.

Leeds Carbon Roadmap

A team led by Andy Gouldson, Chair of Leeds Climate Commission and Professor of Environmental Policy at the University, sets out carbon targets and a roadmap for reducing Leeds’ emissions in line with the global targets set out by the United Nations recommendations.

Featured journal papers

Importance of species translocations under rapid climate change

A paradigm shift is needed for assisted migration to become a standard conservation response to climate change threats and impacts. Dr Maria Beger contributes to this paper that explores the barriers to using this conservation tool in practice.

Contributions of scale

Neither scientific, Indigenous, nor local knowledge systems alone will be able to contribute the breadth and depth of information necessary to detect, attribute, and inform action along pathways of climate-health impact. Priestley PhD researcher Bianca van Bavel et al. explore how to shift the existing patterns of inclusion into balance.

A just transition to Net Zero

This research led by Professor Lucie Middlemiss and colleagues offers a socially inclusive approach to a net zero transition, rooted in a social policy framework which conceives of social inclusion as the ability to fully participate in society. They characterise what will change for people under net zero, and who stands to lose out in the transition.

Discourses of delay: arguments used to avoid climate action

Too expensive, pointless, and others should do more: a new study sheds light on the excuses for doing nothing that circulate in the public debate on climate change. Leeds researchers and colleagues in Berlin examined a range of sources to identify twelve forms of argument that lead to deadlock.

Featured policy briefings and responses to calls for evidence

Who pays for greenhouse gas removal in the UK?

This brief examines four policy options for funding greenhouse gas removal technologies and assesses their distributional impact – i.e. how the costs fall to UK households across income levels.

Using the underground to fight climate change

This policy brief introduces a suite of technologies which use underground assets to store heat and energy, or provide a low carbon means of energy generation. These present regional authorities with an opportunity for low carbon economic regeneration which is sympathetic to local industrial heritage.

Achieving net-zero infrastructure

A policy briefing by Dr Katy Roelich and Prof Greg Marsden on how decision makers can achieve net-zero infrastructure, which meets citizens' social needs and hits climate targets.

Decarbonising transport

University of Leeds researchers worked with the Local Government Association to develop a series of briefing notes to provide councils with a practical set of actions they can take forward for decarbonisation.