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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]

A jet stream within the Earth’s molten iron core has been discovered by scientists using the latest satellite data that helps create an ‘x-ray’ view of the planet.[more]

A study co-authored by researchers from the School of Earth and Environment and National Centre for Atmospheric Science has been named amongst the top 100 publications of 2016. The original article published in Science on the...[more]

The School of Earth and Environment will be strongly represented at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco this week (12th – 16th December). The Institute of Geophysics (IGT), Institute for Climate and Atmospherics Science...[more]

Clouds and trees

Two School of Earth and Environment scientists, Dominick Spracklen and Ken Carslaw, have been named in a list of the most highly cited scientists across the world. The Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers Award...[more]

The way in which man-made acids in the atmosphere interact with the dust that nourishes our oceans has been quantified by scientists for the first time. In the international study led by two of the School of Earth &...[more]

The Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics would like to offer congratulations to Professor Bruce Yardley who will be awarded the 2017 Collins Medal by the Mineralogical Society. The Collins Medal is named after Joseph Henry...[more]

Photo of Laura and PhD student Huw Goodall on the M6.6 earthquake rupture, taken from a helicopter surveying the rupture (courtesy of P. Galli). The rupture is a continuous offset of the hillslope that is up to 1.9 m in places.

Dr Laura Gregory of the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics has been awarded a £65000 NERC urgency grant to study co- and post- seismic deformation resulting from the recent earthquakes in central Italy. The project team,...[more]

Image Credit: The Times Higher Education, source: Elsevier.

A Times Higher Education news story has shown that Leeds is the top UK University for the environmental impact of its research and eighth in the world, based on field weighted citation impact. Utrecht University in The...[more]

Dr Caroline Peacock

We are very pleased to announce that Dr Caroline Peacock has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in order to study "The Role of Minerals in the Oceanic Carbon Cycle". The grant, which is worth approximately €2...[more]

The School Earth and Environment is very pleased to be able to congratulate Professor Paul Wignall on the announcement that he will be the recipient of the European Geosciences Union’s Jean Baptiste Lamarck Medal 2017. [more]

Two young researchers from the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) will be presenting alongside leading international and develop[more]

ICAS scientists have been working with the CLOUD project at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva for more than a decade. In a new study published in Science, they have for the first time been able to...[more]

At a seminar in Brussels later today [Tuesday, 11 October], the role of EU policy in improving air quality will be praised, at a time when such policies face an uncertain future because of the result of Britain's European...[more]

Hosted by Dr. Yim Ling Siu, the Chinese delegation from Beijing Audit Bureau (headed by Mr. Zheng Shanmin) visited the University on 12th September. [more]

We are very pleased to announce that Dr John Elliott, member of the Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics in the School of Earth & Environment at Leeds, has been awarded an esteemed Royal Society University Research Fellowship.[more]

It has long puzzled scientists why, after more than 3 billion years of nothing more complex than algae, complex animals suddenly started to appear on Earth. Now, a team of researchers has put forward some of the strongest...[more]

A 24-hour event at the University of Leeds is looking to sign up participants with staying power to crack a climate change challenge for the city.[more]

Despina Zoura and Ilkka Matero talk about their experiences coming to Leeds as International PhD students.[more]

Dr Mal McMillan from the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds is lead author on a new paper that maps the detailed pattern of recent ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Between 2011 and...[more]

Congratulations to IGT Co-Director Professor Andy Hooper, who has been awarded the American Geophysical Union (AGU) James B. Macelwane Medal in recognition of his contributions to the geophysical sciences. [more]

Scientists have shed light on why life on Earth took millions of years to recover from the greatest mass extinction of all time. [more]

Asda is the first UK supermarket to prove savings for customers, as two million reduce food waste at home following a campaign with the University of Leeds[more]

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in the UK and urgent action is needed, concludes a report published today.  In an independent report to Government, ‘UK Climate Change Risk Assessment Evidence Report’,...[more]

A team of scientists from SEE is playing a leading role in a world-first field experiment in India, to improve weather and climate predictions of the monsoon. The group, led by Professor Doug Parker, forms part of the...[more]

New research has identified clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close.[more]

Around 70 scientists and external partners gathered together on Tuesday 21st June 2016 for the Launch of our new Centre of Excellence for Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate (CEMAC).  CEMAC is a major new initiative within...[more]

Crop yields will fall within the next decade due to climate change unless immediate action is taken to speed up the introduction of new and improved varieties, experts have warned. The research, led by the University of Leeds...[more]

The launch of the Priestley International Centre for Climate was held on Tuesday 14 June. The Priestley Centre is one of the University’s flagship strategic investments, with more than £6 million being dedicated to the centre...[more]

The Geological Society Awards 2016 enjoys three female winners from School of Earth and Environment With great pleasure we wish to congratulate Dr Tracy Aze on winning the Lyell Fund Award, Dr Anja Schmidt on receiving the...[more]

A study of more than 6,000 marine fossils from the Antarctic shows that the mass extinction event that killed the dinosaurs was sudden and just as deadly to life in the polar regions. Previously, scientists had thought that...[more]

Two studies published in Nature this week outline exciting breakthroughs in our understanding of how aerosol particles are formed in the atmosphere, and overturn the long held belief that sulphur-containing molecules are needed...[more]