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How cool are trees?

New research from UBoC scientists indicates that molecules emitted by plants may be having a cooling effect on the planet.

acp_paper_2014_copycrop 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.

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Call for information to identify engineering challenges for off-grid isolated communities in the developing world

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.

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Tree rings, water isotopes and the Amazon hydrological cycle

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.

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Solar powered LED lighting versus kerosene wick lamps

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.

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