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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…
Emissions from trees could be playing a more important role in the atmosphere than previously thought, according to two new studies involving LEAF scientists. When particles in the atmosphere reach a certain size they are able to act as seeds for cloud droplets to form around. This means that understanding where particles in the atmosphere…
Last week, LEAF Co-Director Dominick Spracklen and LEAF Co-ordinator Cat Scott spoke to Made in Leeds about the Forest Observatory coming to Leeds this summer: LEAF researchers from across the University are working with Leeds City Council to establish a Forest Observatory here in Leeds. The Leeds Forest Observatory (LFO) will allow students and staff…
By Ricardo Faustino de Lima – Universidade de Lisboa & Martin Dallimer – University of Leeds; article originally published on The Conversation. When visiting the volcanic islands of São Tomé and Príncipe off the coast of West Africa, one is immediately struck by how unusual these tropical islands are. The steep, volcanic mountains seem to…
The burning of solid fuels in homes across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe may be causing up to 800,000 premature deaths per year. A new study from LEAF scientists in the School of Earth and Environment, investigated the impacts of residential solid fuel combustion on ambient air. “Nearly three billion people burn wood, animal and…