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A new study shows more stringent emission controls are key to India's future health. More than 6.1 million people worldwide die each year as a result of exposure to air pollution, which increases the risk of cardiovascular...[more]

Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Fires cause large amounts of...[more]

Dr Natasha Barlow has been awarded an ERC starting grant, for a project titled ‘Rates of Interglacial Sea-level Change, and Responses' (RISeR).  Global sea-level rise is one of our greatest environmental challenges and is...[more]

Weather Information and Forecasting Equipment

The University of Leeds has been ranked in the top three UK universities for global funding success, according to new data from Research Fortnight.  Across the University, 53 different projects are supported by the Global...[more]

Fossils come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from isolated fragments of bones and teeth to complete skeletons. Palaeontologists face an important question, ‘does the quality of fossil skeletons impact our understanding of...[more]

Scientists have measured the nutritional value of herbivore dinosaurs’ diet by growing their food in atmospheric conditions similar to those found roughly 150 million years ago. Previously, many scientists believed that plants...[more]

Researchers return to Arctic Ocean to study climate change impacts Scientists from the University of Leeds are among a team of researchers making a return voyage to the Barents Sea to carry out vital research on how climate...[more]

Some 540-520 million years ago, animals began to inhabit the seafloor, and this drastically changed the global environment. Their presence in the seabed stimulated the breakdown of organic material, which released carbon dioxide...[more]

Two students from the Faculty of Environment were awarded the Piers Sellers PhD Prize at a ceremony earlier this week. Jesus Vergara Temprado, School of Earth and Environment and Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science...[more]

Environment student success in new University awards Two students from the Faculty of Environment have been recognised in the inaugural University of Leeds’ Beaumont Awards, announced today. The winners, Olivia Byrne, School of...[more]

Antarctica ramps up sea level rise Ice losses from Antarctica have increased global sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with two fifths of this rise (3.0 mm) coming in the last five years alone. The findings are from a major...[more]

Monitoring Antarctica from space has revealed how its ice is being lost to the oceans, providing crucial insight into the continent’s response to a warming climate. Scientists from the University of Leeds, the University of...[more]

Sustainable Consumption book cover

Lucie Middlemiss has written a textbook on Sustainable Consumption, the first ever textbook on this topic and published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. The book outlines the state of knowledge in the field of sustainable...[more]

Dr Anne Owen has been awarded the Sir Richard Stone prize. This US-$ 1,000 prize is awarded every two years for the best paper that was submitted and accepted for publication in the Journal Economic Systems Research. The prize is...[more]

Two University of Leeds professors, who have developed software that detects subsidence using satellite data, have secured £750,000 seed funding to launch the new spin out company SatSense. The investment comes from NPIF - Mercia...[more]

Volcano and lava

Crystals from the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption have demonstrated a new way to recognise pre-eruption signals at Eyjafjallajökull and potentially other, similar volcanoes around the world. A team of volcanologists from the...[more]

Professor Martyn Chipperfield, who works at the School of Earth and Environment in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, is the Royal Society of Chemistry John Jeyes Award winner for 2018. [more]

A new map of Antarctica, available to download from today, is providing the most accurate three-dimensional view of the continent to date. This latest digital elevation model (DEM), developed by the UK Centre for Polar...[more]

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) have announced a new research centre, the UK Centre for Research on Energy Demand (UKCRED). The centre will...[more]

Ireland rocks

Hot, Warm, Cold? New study identifies the temperature of lava when it carved geometric columns like those at Giant’s Causeway School of Earth and Environment alumna, Fiona Iddon, contributed to a new study identifying the...[more]

Fieldwork: Prof. Xiangkun Zhu and Kan Zhang sampling rocks from North China that record an oxygenation event coincident with the evolution of complex eukaryotes.

The Middle Proterozoic – an expansive period of time from ~1,800 to 800 million years ago that pre-dated the rise of animal life – has long been described as the ‘boring’ billion, where biological and environmental evolution are...[more]

We are pleased to announce the winners for the 2017/18 School of Earth and Environment Postgraduate Researcher Publications Prize as being: Amicia Lee – (IAG) Lee AL, Walker AM, Lloyd GE, Torvela T, 2017. Modeling the impact of...[more]

Satellite data has shed new light on seismic hazard in one of the world’s most deadly earthquake zones. Published today in Nature Communications 1, the COMET study describes how tectonic strain builds up along Turkey’s...[more]

Antarctica’s great ice sheet is losing ground as it is eroded by warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, a new study has found. [more]

Current Global Climate models currently simulate clouds reflecting far less solar radiation than real life observations in the Southern Ocean. These biases mean they can’t accurately forecast sea surface temperatures, atmospheric...[more]

The Sustainability Research Institute's Steve Hall and Mark Davis have secured three years of EU Horizon 2020 research funding to explore how energy “prosumerism” can help to build a more sustainable future. Working as...[more]

Researchers have found that 70% of UK households would be better off if costs of government energy policy were removed from gas and electricity bills and applied according to household income.[more]

The University of Leeds is part of a new project researching how electric buses can help support the power network by using two directional charging. The ‘Bus2Grid’ project will involve over 30 e-buses using smart technology to...[more]

SWIFT Post-Doctoral Fellowships: African weather/climate researchers and applied scientists are invited to apply for Fellowships sponsored by the Global Challenges Research Fund African Science for Weather Information and...[more]

Global warming may lead to a drop in lightning strikes, affecting atmospheric composition and the frequency of natural forest fires in the tropics, a new study suggests. Using a newly-devised method, scientists including Dr...[more]

We are delighted to announce that Professor Simon Poulton has been awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society. The medal was founded by John Jeremiah Bigsby (1792 - 1881), and is awarded “as an acknowledgement of eminent...[more]

Working together to secure a sustainable future for Indonesian rainforests is one of the objectives for a new agreement between the University of Leeds and Bogor Agricultural University. The Rector of Bogor was welcomed to Leeds...[more]

Mangroves

Mangrove forests cover thousands of hectares of coastline in many of the world’s tropical and sub-tropical countries.  As well as supporting the livelihoods of people who live and work near the forests, the trees play a...[more]

Professor Dominick Spracklen has secured highly prestigious European Research Council funding worth £2 million euros over the next five years. [more]

Deforestation is likely to warm the climate even more than originally thought, scientists warn.[more]

Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight metres below the seabed — four times the previously observed depth for modern deep-sea life.[more]

The School of Earth and Environment will be strongly represented at the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting that’s in New Orleans this year (11th – 15th December). The Institute of Geophysics (IGT), Institute for Climate and Atmospherics...[more]

An international team of scientists, led by the School of Earth & Environment, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change. [more]

Professor Lindsay Stringer receives Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award

The School of Earth and Environment is pleased to congratulate Professor Lindsay Stringer, for receiving the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award for her research on improving land quality in developing countries. The...[more]

Shrinking glacier cover could lead to increased volcanic activity in Iceland, warn scientists. [more]

Can conservation agriculture help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa handle the man-made problem of climate change? Professor Andy Dougill believes it’s possible, but much more co-ordinated planning and further evidence is needed.[more]

The challenge of growing enough food to sustain an ever-expanding population has led the Chinese government to look at creative solutions to reform farming in the country.[more]

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Forecasting weather in the tropical climate of West Africa has long been a problem for the region’s meteorologists. Aged infrastructure, outdated forecasting methods and the sheer intensity of the region’s weather extremes make...[more]

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found.[more]

An international expedition aims to better understand seismic activity through samples collected from one of the most geologically active areas in Europe. [more]

Past mass extinctions may have the potential to guide modern conservation efforts, according to a new study. [more]

Martyn Chipperfield writes for The Conversation on how the 30-year-old ozone layer treaty Montreal Protocol is so successful it is now taking on Climate Change. The 1987 treaty that stopped the pollution causing a hole in the...[more]

New research has shown that limiting the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is still geophysically possible, but requires more ambitious emission reductions than those pledged so far. [more]

The mass movement of humans and animals is significantly affecting the distribution of essential microorganisms, scientists warn. [more]

The UK’s 50 largest cities could save £7 billion annually and create over 90,000 years’ worth of extra employment by adopting simple measures to cut their energy use and counter climate change.[more]

Beliefs in magical creatures can impact the protection of biodiversity, and the field of conservation needs to consider them seriously, researchers have warned.According to a new study, by academics at the University of Leeds and...[more]

Seismic surveys challenge the view that recent slowdowns in Greenland’s ice flow will continue in the long term, says a new study. [more]

The largest remaining ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula lost 10% of its area when an iceberg four times the size of London broke free earlier this month. Since the 12 July 2017 breakaway Dr Anna Hogg, from the Institute for...[more]

The School of Earth and Environment (SEE) is joining forces with the British Geological Survey (BGS) through a new partnership that enhances the abilities of both parties to tackle questions around critical global challenges,...[more]

Researchers from the School of Earth and Environment have played a major role in securing £16m of funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).  Two major Global Challenges Research Council funded projects have...[more]

The Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross, Credit: British Antarctic Survey

A new £10 million research programme to investigate how the Arctic Ocean is changing has launched its first cruise to the Barents Sea.  The Changing Arctic Oceans research programme aims to generate a better understanding...[more]

A new study led by researchers in the School of Earth and Environment has found a previously undetected potential health risk from the high concentration of small particles found in a boomerang-like return of a volcanic plume....[more]

New research has found that the general public is supportive of ambitious plans by the Scottish Government to restore Scotland’s peatlands - which benefits water quality, wildlife and carbon storage.[more]

View from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Rothera research station, on Alexander Island at the Antarctic Peninsula. Credit: A. E. Hogg/CPOM

Glacier flow at the southern Antarctic Peninsula has increased since the 1990s, but a new study has found the change to be only a third of what was recently reported.  An international team of researchers, led by the UK...[more]