Events

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The Forestry Commission is undertaking an exciting project to restore Hardknott Forest, one of the largest conifer plantations in the Lake District, to native woodland. At the second volunteer weekend of 2018 the project team will be continuing to plant oak and clear invasive conifer trees – either come for one day or stay in…
For our next LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Jess Baker from the School of Earth & Environment will be talking about her work on tropical rainforests. Areas of remote tropical forest, such as the Amazon, pose a challenge to climate scientists, due to a scarcity of meteorological stations and long-term climate data. This can limit our ability…
For our third LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Martin Sullivan from the School of Geography will be talking about his work monitoring tropical forests. Tropical forests store vast amounts of carbon. Protecting forests for their carbon is therefore an important strategy to mitigate climate change. Intact forests also continue to take in more carbon from the atmosphere…
The United Bank of Carbon and friends are hosting a screening of the thought-provoking, unreleased ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ High Water Common Ground. The film showing will be followed by a discussion on the future of natural capital in Yorkshire where a changing climate, air pollution and developments such as Leeds FAS2, HS2, South Bank, the Clean Air…
For our second LEAF Lunchtime Lecture, Cat Scott from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment will be talking about her work on the climate impacts of forests. Forests store huge quantities of carbon, influence rainfall and alter the colour (and therefore reflectivity) of the land. But,…
In our first LEAF Lunchtime Lecture we’ll be joined by Dougie Phillips from the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies. Dougie will be talking about: How trees differ – fundamental characteristics of UK-grown tree species: Although the UK’s forests have historically been dominated by broadleaved species such as oak, beech and birch, they have…
Wander from tree to tree along a gently lit night time urban forest trail on the University of Leeds campus. Admire beautifully lit trees in their autumnal glory, discover their value and their cultural significance, and learn about the carbon they store and the air pollutants they absorb. By Hannah Walker & Cat Scott; part…
Urban green spaces such as gardens, parks and woodlands provide many benefits to people and vital habitats for wildlife. Urban vegetation stores carbon, helping to mitigate climate change, and reduces the likelihood of flooding by storing excess rain water. Trees and green spaces can improve air quality, limit the impact of heatwaves, encourage people to…
Together with colleagues from the Priestley International Centre for Climate and the School of Politics and International Studies, we are hosting an information sharing event with researchers from Indonesia and Malaysia. A provisional schedule for the morning is given below – all welcome! 10:00 am, Introductions – Adam Tyson (School of Politics and International Studies)…
On Monday 12th June, we’ll be joined by Dr Rebecca Heaton. Rebecca is Head of Sustainability and Policy at Drax power station and was recently appointed to the Committee on Climate Change. Drax generates 7% of the UK’s electricity, 70% of which – enough to power Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool – is now made…