All posts by Tom Bliss

Flooding: The Future?

High Water Common Ground is a thought-provoking, unreleased 70 minute ‘documentary-meets-toolkit’ about natural flood management, made by Andrew Clark of Top of The Tree Productions. (See below for a synopsis)

UBoC organised a screening with Leeds Beckett Landscape Architecture and Arup at the Rose Bowl on 21st of March, which was followed by a lively discussion on the future of natural capital in Yorkshire, where a changing climate, air pollution and developments such as Leeds FAS2, HS2, South Bank, the Clean Air Zone and the Northern Forest all present major challenges and opportunities.

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Dom’s €2m for Deforestation Research

UBoC’s Professor Dom Spracklen has secured highly prestigious European Research Council funding worth 2 million euros over the next five years, to explore the climate and air quality impacts of tropical deforestation.

Picture by Dom Spracklen

European Research Council Consolidator grants are awarded to outstanding researchers, with a strong scientific track record. The grants support innovative and high-impact research. Continue reading Dom’s €2m for Deforestation Research

Wild Crocodile raises cash for Africa

Or rather; Jonathan ‘Jonnie’ Wild’s Carnivorous Crocodile raises money for African rainforests  – while entertaining and educating children about conservation.

Our founder and chair, although perhaps better known as the former Boss of Bettys (he’s the great nephew of Frederick Belmont, founder of the famous tea rooms), has in fact been writing stories ever since his own children were small. When on holiday, he would get up early every day, and write 500 words to read to them each evening. And when he retired from running the Bettys and Taylors Group (BTG) in 2011, he began to develop his skills as a writer, and to target them towards his conservation work.

It was in fact his children who’d inadvertently led to him becoming a conservationist in the first place. Continue reading Wild Crocodile raises cash for Africa

Christ Church goes Carbon Neutral via Malawi

Christ Church, High Harrogate, is the oldest church in town – dating back to the 1830s.

In 2016, it began an active programme of improving its sustainability and environmental performance. One major focus was reducing its carbon footprint as its contribution toward limiting climate change.

The existing 35 year old boiler and hot water heating system was replaced by a modern energy efficient system; loft insulation was brought up to current standards and a rolling programme to replace existing lights with low energy LED lights was instituted. These steps are expected to reduce the church’s carbon footprint by over 25%. Continue reading Christ Church goes Carbon Neutral via Malawi

Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles

An international team of scientists, led by UBoC scientists at the University of Leeds, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change.

Their study, published recently in Nature Geoscience, shows that the cooling effect of natural atmospheric particles is greater during warmer years and could therefore slightly reduce the amount that temperatures rise as a result of climate change. Continue reading Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles

Trees for Bradford

UBoC are delighted to have facilitated a generous donation by the Yorkshire-based Safestyle UK  to a planting project at Dealburn managed by our partners Trees For Cities.

Stephen Birmingham, Safestyle UK’s CEO said; “As an environmentally conscious company we are passionate about looking for ways we can help support the environment as well as benefiting the local community. We’re really excited about our partnership with UBoC and Trees For Cities which will help to reduce pollution and bring people together through community planting events.”

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