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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]