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This May, primary school children around the UK will have the opportunity to take part in the BBC’s Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation. For every school that takes part, LEAF’s charitable partner the United Bank of Carbon, have arranged for a tree to be planted in tropical Africa as part of Terrific Tropical Trees! Developed in…
We are currently advertising two paid opportunities for undergraduate students from the Faculty of Environment to work with us over the summer break. First or second year students in the School of Earth and Environment have the opportunity to apply for a Research Experience Placement (REP) with LEAF during summer 2017. In collaboration with the…
By Hannah Roberts (@hannah_eroberts) – University of Leeds Spending time outdoors in green spaces is beneficial for our physical and mental health and well-being. Research shows green space can encourage physical activity, improve air quality, reduce stress and facilitate social interaction within the local community. Understanding what can be done to encourage people to use…
In a new study, LEAF scientists use the isotopes present in tree rings to examine rainfall across the Amazon basin. Developing a good understanding of past climate is vital when trying to interpret ongoing, and predict future, climate changes. This can be challenging in regions such as Amazonia where weather station data are particularly limited….
LEAF are teaming up with the BBC, the United Bank of Carbon, and the Woodland Trust for Terrific Scientific, a new campaign to inspire primary children to get excited about science. Terrific Scientific is a major 18 month UK-wide campaign to bring practical science into the nation’s classrooms and homes. Instead of lab coats and…
By Hamish Gordon & Cat Scott – University of Leeds; article originally published on The Conversation. The pre-industrial atmosphere contained more particles, and so brighter clouds, than we previously thought. This is the latest finding of the CLOUD experiment, a collaboration between around 80 scientists at the CERN particle physics lab near Geneva. It changes…
PhD student Suzanne Stas reports on her fieldwork this summer in the Khe Nuoc Trong forest, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. Suzanne’s research is based in the Khe Nuoc Trong forest which is protected for the important watershed services it provides but is still vulnerable to illegal logging. One way to protect forests from logging, and…
Children from primary schools around Middleton helped LEAF scientists to collect data about the trees in Middleton Park as part of the annual Schools Heritage Day. The event, organised by the Friends of Middleton Park (FoMP) community group provides the opportunity for Year 6 children to get out of the classroom for a day and…
At the first meeting of a new Environment & Sustainability Network in May, Leeds based charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations came together with academics from the University of Leeds. The event provided an opportunity for people from a range of organisations and backgrounds to come together and share thoughts on topics from the circular…
The UK’s first Air Pollution Garden has been established at Sheffield Botanical Gardens through a collaboration between the three White Rose universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield. An Air Pollution Garden contains plants that are particularly sensitive to damage by pollutants in the air. These plants can help us identify regions that experience high concentrations…