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Mitigating the Urban Heat Island Effect: The Role of Tree Species Diversity in Greenspaces


Tree species richness and diversity influences the degree to which greenspace can mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, finds new study from scientists at the University of Leeds. Urbanisation impacts the reflection and absorption of solar radiation at Earth’s surface and can elevate surface temperatures, known as the Urban Heat Island Effect. With the rise...

Imagining tomorrow's urban green spaces


A team of researchers at the University of Leeds have been looking at the future role for UK public parks. In their recent publication ‘Park futures: Excavating images of tomorrow’s urban green spaces’ the team examine the historical role of parks, particularly in the Victorian era, to study the potential use and trends for parks...

The health burden of fires across Equatorial Asia


Vegetation and peat fires in Equatorial Asia caused over 100,000 premature deaths between 2004 and 2015, finds new study from scientists at the University of Leeds. Large fire events occur every few years in Indonesia, emitting huge quantities of smoke into the atmosphere. Small particles emitted from fires (known as PM2.5; particulate matter < 2.5µm...

A case study of natural capital valuation in Middleton Park


As part of the ongoing Leeds4Trees collaboration between LEAF, UBoC and Leeds City Council, we have been exploring a number of natural capital valuation methods. Balancing the planting and management of urban trees with development is a continual challenge for local authorities. Natural capital valuation tools can help us to better understand the importance of trees as assets...

Delivering climate-development co-benefits in Madagascar


Projects worldwide are looking into the potential for forest management to deliver climate benefits, but they also have the potential to bring development co-benefits to local communities. In a new paper, researchers from the University of Leeds examine the potential for forestry projects to deliver climate-development co-benefits and engage with local communities.  The study focuses...

Logging in Vietnam: protecting carbon stocks and livelihoods


Two new papers from researchers at the University of Leeds investigate the loss of carbon stocks in Vietnam attributed to logging, and the relationship between logging and livelihoods     Vietnam has observed decades of forest degradation attributed to logging, which is estimated to have left only 10% of Vietnam’s forests of good quality. Despite...

Quantifying forest growth uncertainty on carbon payback times


Scientists from the School of Earth and Environment and UBoC have published a new model to estimate the carbon payback periods for biomass fuel use. The work of Will Rolls and Prof Piers Forster follows research by Sterman et al. who developed a simple Dynamic Life Cycle Analysis (DLCA) model, to predict carbon payback periods for...

Is the tropical carbon sink weakening?


The ability of  forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is found to be decreasing in tropical regions of the world, according to new research led by the University of Leeds. The global research effort, led by researchers from the School of Geography, saw  a long-term analysis of the carbon stored in tropical forests. The...

Tree canopy cover across Leeds - what do we have, and what do we need?


By Hazel Mooney (twitter: @EcoZel) Researchers from UBoC have estimated the total tree canopy cover across the city of Leeds as part of a wider Leeds4Trees project, in collaboration with LEAF and Leeds City Council. The work follows the i-Tree report for the University of Leeds Campus. Having identified the enormous value that trees at the...