Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

The bright ways forests affect their environment

August 20, 2018

For decades scientists have tried to find out why forests emit the volatile gases that give pine forests their distinctive smell. A new study led by LEAF scientists at the...READ ARTICLE

The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

August 9, 2018

The extent of pre-industrial era fires, and the cooling that occurs due to their particulate emissions, may have been significantly underestimated, according to a new study. Fires cause large amounts...READ ARTICLE

School children get involved in forest conservation work

July 23, 2018

By John Hodgson, Hardknott Forest Project Officer Restoring Hardknott Forest is a partnership between the University of Leeds and the Forestry Commission. Since January, John has been in post as...READ ARTICLE

Japanese knotweed is no more of a threat to buildings than other plants

July 17, 2018

By Karen Bacon – University of Leeds; article originally published on The Conversation. Japanese knotweed, a widespread invasive non-native species in the UK, is seldom out of the news and...READ ARTICLE

Forests are growing again where human well-being is increasing, finds new study

May 25, 2018

By Jamie Carr – University of Leeds; article originally published on The Conversation. Countries with high levels of human well-being are more likely to show increasing forest growth. That’s the...READ ARTICLE

New insight into climate impacts of deforestation

March 16, 2018

By Cat Scott (@catzigle) – University of Leeds Our recent research indicates that deforestation might be warming the climate even more than we thought. How cool are trees? We know...READ ARTICLE