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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]

City skyline

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]

Handbook cover

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]

Françoise GUICHARD / Laurent KERGOAT / CNRS Photo Library

Global warming is responsible for tripling the frequency of extreme West African Sahel storms over the last three decades putting numerous cities in the region at risk, say scientists.  An international team, including...[more]

The Austria Vienna Centre. (Credit: Copernicus/EGU)

Researchers representing all of our Institutes in the School of Earth and Environment will be in Vienna this week show casing their work at the European Geoscience Unions General Assembly (24th – 28th April). Representatives...[more]

Rock fragments brought to the seafloor by massive mud volcanoes have given scientists new clues about how far life may extend into the Earth’s interior. A team of scientists, including Dr Ivan Savov from the Institute for...[more]

Global warming will thaw about 20% more permafrost than previously thought, scientists have warned – potentially releasing significant amounts of greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere.  A new international research...[more]

Map of the South Island of New Zealand showing the ground deformation and location of the surface rupture from the November 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

Scientists from the School of Earth and Environment are involved in a study showing dramatic data from the last year’s major earthquake in Kaikoura, New Zealand, that will change the way scientists think about earthquake hazards...[more]

At the end of Feb, Colin Jones (employed by Leeds, works for NCAS, but based at Met Office) presented at an event at the European Parliament. The event was about “Realizing the 2015 Paris Agreement – Pathways to and benefits of...[more]

Billions of years ago the young planet Earth was much different from the one we inhabit today, with wildly fluctuating surface temperatures and an atmosphere and oceans filled with gases toxic to life as we know it. [more]

A new study published recently in Nature Communications highlights the importance of Antarctic ice sheet advance in causing changes in the Pacific ocean during the decent into the ice ages, at the Plio-Pleistocene Transition (3.2...[more]

Haematite tubes from the NSB hydrothermal vent deposits that represent the oldest microfossils and evidence for life on Earth. The remains are at least 3,770 million years old.

Remains of microorganisms at least 3,770 million years old have been discovered -  providing direct evidence of one of the oldest life forms on Earth.  An international research team has found tiny filaments and tubes...[more]

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the relationship between the colour of soot particles and the effect of such atmospheric pollution on climate.[more]

New research based on Precambrian rocks provides insight into how life evolved alongside changes in the chemistry of Earth’s surface. [more]

A comprehensive new handbook about weather forecasting in West Africa could help safeguard lives and resources in the region. [more]

IGT scientists Dr Jon Mound and Dr Phil Livermore had the following article published in The Conversation The Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field – protecting life from harmful solar...[more]

There is huge potential for using electric vehicles to tackle climate change, give us cleaner air and grow the green economy. The question is, when it will make sense for most of us to ditch diesel and petrol, and go electric?...[more]

NERC have announced their programme to investigate the impact of climate change and diminishing sea ice on the marine environments of the Arctic Ocean. NERC’s £10million investment has funded four projects which will begin in...[more]

Holidaymakers concerned about fresh volcanic eruptions causing flight-disrupting ash clouds across Northern Europe might be reassured by a study setting out the first reliable estimates of their frequency. While the University...[more]