New research from UBoC scientists indicates that molecules emitted by plants may be having a cooling effect on the planet.
Trees take in carbon dioxide, and give out oxygen – but they also emit other, highly reactive, gases into the air (such as monoterpenes). These gases react with other compounds, like ozone, forming more complicated molecules which are able to stick onto particles in the atmosphere, helping them to grow larger. This is important because particles have to reach a certain size before they are able to interact with sunlight in the atmosphere or form cloud droplets.
The United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) is working with partners and seeks information on engineering challenges for off-grid communities in the developing world to help aid the design of green technologies that can make a real difference to people’s lives.
A new project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council will improve our understanding of past and ongoing changes to the hydrological cycle in the Amazon. The project will combine novel and existing data, with complimentary modelling techniques to understand ongoing and past trends of the Amazon hydrological cycle in order to help predict what to expect in the future.
A new high-resolution map of global forest loss and gain has been created using Google Earth Engine. With a resolution of 30 meters, the map clearly shows forest loss and gain for the period 200-2012, based on 650,000 satellite images by Landsat 7.
Recent research published in the in the journal Science have found that small mammal species living in fragmented rainforests are more likely to become extinct that those species living in pristine rainforests.
Premier Farnell has embarked on an innovative initiative to provide solar powered LED lighting to remote villages in Tanzania. Working with UBoC, Fauna and Flora International and the Tongwe Trust, the Leeds-based electronics distributor has developed lighting kits which will provide an environmentally friendly, cost saving alternative to kerosene fuel based lighting currently used by the local communities.
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 help to arrange compensation for unavoidable carbon emissions