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By Simon Lewis – University of Leeds & UCL; article originally published on The Conversation. By the end of the century, the world’s remaining tropical forests will be left in a fragmented, simplified, and degraded state. No patch will remain untouched – most remnants will be overrun by species that disperse well, which often means…
A new study from LEAF scientists indicates that particles generated by biomass burning in the Amazon increase the productivity of the remaining forest. Fires in forests can occur naturally but are often started deliberately by humans. The main reason for this is to clear the land of trees so that it may be used for…
The Amazon rainforest is home to around 16,000 different species of tree, but a recent study from the School of Geography indicates that just 1% of these tree species are responsible for storing almost half of the region’s carbon. “Trees produce sugars from CO2, sunlight, and water through the process of photosynthesis, and some of…
On Friday 6th March, students from the Environmental Science for Environmental Management module in the School of Earth and Environment came together to present their research to each other and professionals working in the environment sector. The afternoon saw a wide range of topics discussed on three main themes: ‘Water and Flood Management’, ‘Woodlands, Agriculture…
The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) centre officially launched on the 24th November 2014 with an event held in the School of Earth and Environment. The aim of LEAF is to bring together all the forest-related research being conducted across campus. By linking researchers across faculties, LEAF will strengthen existing collaborations and encourage new…
LEAF scientists from the School of Earth and Environment have been awarded a NERC grant to study the complex interactions between tropical forests and rainfall. The Vegetation Effects on Rainfall in West Africa (VERA) project will be led by Professor Doug Parker and Dr Dominick Spracklen at the University of Leeds, in partnership with the…
Vegetation and peatland fires occur frequently across Southeast Asia. These fires result in extensive deforestation and forest degradation and release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. Particulate pollution emitted from these fires is of major concern because it has adverse effects on regional air quality, and consequently on human health….
Tropical mountain forests, forests growing at more than 1000 metres above sea level, are known to be important regulators of downstream water availability, as well as regions of high biodiversity. Their other roles, in terms carbon storage for example, are less well understood. The steep terrain means that measurements on the ground are difficult to…
The work of LEAF scientists from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment featured recently in a study indicating that molecules emitted by trees are helping to form new particles in the atmosphere. The distribution of particles in the atmosphere controls various properties of clouds and the…
As part of their work with Yorkshire-based sustainability charity, the United Bank of Carbon (UBoC), scientists from the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment hosted a cook stove workshop to highlight the global issue of the environmental and health impacts of household solid fuel use by about half of the world’s population. The…