New UBoC paper on deaths from peatland fires

UBoC’s Ed Butt and Dom Spracklen have published a paper in Nature.com’s Scientific Reports: “Population exposure to hazardous air quality due to the 2015 fires in Equatorial Asia” – with researchers from Newcastle UK, Boulder Colorado USA, Singapore, Bloomington USA and Riau Province Indonesia.

The full authorship is P. Crippa, S. Castruccio, S. Archer-Nicholls, G. B. Lebron, M. Kuwata, A. Thota, S. Sumin, E. Butt, C. Wiedinmyer & D. V. Spracklen. (See here for individual links) http://www.nature.com/articles/srep37074

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Last Trump for a Liveable Climate?

Two worrying stories have dominated our news feed this week.

The first is, of course, President Elect Donald Trump’s alarming stance(s) on climate change. Although in favour of urgent action before Copenhagen, he’s promised to pull out of the Paris Agreement immediately, claimed that climate science is just a Chinese Whisper, has announced an end to the ‘war on coal‘ and is appointing climate sceptics (including Myron Ebell and possibly Harold Hamm) to key positions.

The other is the scary news that 2016 is set to be the third consecutive hottest year in succession at 1.2C above pre-industrial levels (when the Paris target is just 1.5C). This comes on the back of continual bad climate news from all quarters of the globe. Continue reading Last Trump for a Liveable Climate?

UBoC Scientists Visit Colorado

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Three members of the UBoC team (all also members of LEAF), had a fruitful trip last month to Breckenridge, Colorado (USA) for the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Conference.

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Professor Dom Spracklen gave a presentation on ‘Evaluating natural aerosol – climate interactions using long-term observations and an aerosol model

(Co-Authors: Catherine Scott, University of Leeds; Stephen Arnold, University of Leeds; Sarah Monks, University of Colorado and NOAA; Pauli Paasonen, University of Helsinki; Ari Asmi, University of Helsinki)

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Bringing aviation in line with the Paris agreement: Will flying save the world’s forests?

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Last week was a big week for climate policy. Last Tuesday the countries of the EU ratified the Paris agreement, taking it past the threshold required to make it legally binding – which will happen as soon as the 4th of November.

Then on Thursday, the 191 countries of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), who’ve tended to be at the tortoise end of the decarbonisation race,  finally agreed a deal to curb emissions from international aviation, which along with shipping has steadfastly been excluded from all previous climate agreements. So this deal is a big deal. Continue reading Bringing aviation in line with the Paris agreement: Will flying save the world’s forests?

New partners: Samuel Grant Packaging

Following a chance meeting between UBoC’s Tom Bliss and Samuel Grant Packaging’s Martin Harris at the recent Manufactured Yorkshire trade fair, the two organisations are delighted to announce a new collaboration which represents great news for both Samuel Grant Packaging’s customers and projects supported by UBoC.
SGP_SM_LogoThe Samuel Grant Group is based in Leeds, where it was formed in 1891 by the great grandfather of current Directors Andrew and Matthew Grant. Today’s team is fully committed to helping companies reduce packaging waste and associated environmental footprints.

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Paris – When will the UK ratify?

The news that the USA and China have ratified the Paris Agreement is probably the best we’ve heard here at UBoC since 195 countries adopted it by consensus at the Parc des Expositions on the 12th of December last year. (See Piers’ blog at the time).

The totaliser now shows that 180 have since signed, and 26 have formally ratified. And while 26 out of 195 may seem paltry, because China (20.09%) and USA (17.89%) are the world’s two largest emitters, (the third would actually be food waste, but that’s another story) these 26 represent 39% of global emissions; a fair step towards the ‘double threshold’, which requires both 55% of emissions and 55 countries to be committed before L’Accord de Paris finally becomes legally and globally binding.

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However, apart from these two giants, most of the other ratifiers are tiny, with the vast majority at imminent risk from rising sea levels or other climate dangers: The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cameroon, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Norway, Palau, Palestine, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Somalia and Tuvalu – few score above one percent, and most fall well below. Continue reading Paris – When will the UK ratify?

Delta-ee offset business travel

Delta Energy & Environment is a research and consulting company that provides its clients with independent information, analysis, insight and advice into low carbon heat and distributed energy markets. This year they calculated that they had been responsible for 134 tonnes of unavoidable carbon carbon emissions, which UBoC were pleased to offset on their behalf using certificates for Plan Vivo’s Trees of Hope project in Malawi.Delta

At Delta-ee we produce high quality, client orientated research and consultation on distributed heat and energy, which inevitably involves national and international travel. We always choose the greenest options, but our company still produces some CO2 emissions. So we offset by various means, and this year have again offset all emissions from flights and train journeys with UBoC”. 

Dr Philippa Hardy Research Manager

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Middleton Park Schools Heritage Day

On 18th May, children from primary schools around Middleton  took part in the annual Schools Heritage Day at Middleton Park. The event, organised by the Friends of Middleton Park community group provides an opportunity for children to get out of the classroom for a day to take part in a range of activities, including flowerbed design, charcoal making, mini-beast safaris and crown green bowling.

Tom Bliss measures a treeUBoC’s Tom Bliss (Business Development Coordinator) and Dr Cat Scott (LEAF coordinator) provided a workshop on how to identify and measure trees, so that their role in the climate/carbon cycle can be more accurately calculated. Continue reading Middleton Park Schools Heritage Day

United Bank of Carbon is a not-for-profit collaboration between businesses and environmental scientists, which protects and restores forests and other greenery, through environmentally and socially-responsible partnerships with local communities. We undertake research, support forest and woodland projects in the UK and the tropics that deliver CSR/PR benefits, provide carbon reduction consultancy, and arrange offsetting for unavoidable carbon emissions