Environment and Sustainability Networking in Leeds

UBoC has been working with LEAF to help create a new Leeds-based environment and sustainability network – (the final name of which is yet to be decided).

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The project was initially suggested to help improve connectivity between academics from the University of Leeds with local environmental and sustainability charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations – and to help facilitate communication between projects. Continue reading Environment and Sustainability Networking in Leeds

UBoC Team successes

The work of two UBoC team members has recently been recognised by the University of Leeds.
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Dom Spracklen has been appointed Professor of Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions, (but the Uni has not updated his page yet 🙂
http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/d.spracklen

 

 

e.buttAnd Ed Butt has been awarded a postgraduate research publication prize for his first research publication. Ed presented key findings from his most recent research, which is exploring the impacts of historical air quality trends on global health to the Met Office Group at the University of Leeds (MOGUL) Meeting on Air Quality. Ed is now finalising a research paper reporting that work, which will be submitted to a high impact journal over the summer.

Starbons – Carbon Capture breakthrough?

Scientists from the University of York have developed an innovative new green method for capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power stations, chemical works and other large scale manufacturing plants.

StarbonsThe technique. which involves making ‘Starbons’ (left) from waste biomass, including food peelings and seaweed, was first discovered 10 years ago by the York Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. They’re thought to provide a greener, more efficient and selective approach to other commercial capture techniques. Continue reading Starbons – Carbon Capture breakthrough?

Earth Day: Apples for Priestley Centre Launch

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Tom Bliss (UBoC), Rita Oldenbourg (LUU Bardon Grange), Prof Piers Forster (Director of both UBoC and the Priestley Centre) and Malus Domesticus ‘Elstar’

On 22nd of April (Earth Day), UBoC were pleased to donate two apple trees for the launch of The Priestley International Centre for Climate, to be planted outside the University of Leeds School of Earth and Environment, where both institutions are based.  Continue reading Earth Day: Apples for Priestley Centre Launch

Bodeker Scientific fly carbon neutral

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New Zealand-based atmospheric research company Bodeker Scientific have again pledged to ensure that all company-related travel is carbon neutral.

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Bodeker work with both local and international research organisations, such as the German Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to improve our understanding of the atmosphere and climate – which can involve a lot of air travel. Continue reading Bodeker Scientific fly carbon neutral

‘Land for Life’ project update

Thanks to new information from The INGA Foundation, we’ve just updated our page for this innovative and extremely worthwhile project – which is currently seeking support to help keep up with demand from local farmers:

Stopping slash and burn agriculture in Central America through innovative and sustainable farming

Across Northern Honduras, a region of critical conservation importance, slash and burn agriculture is still responsible for significant levels of deforestation. Land which has been slashed and burnt will produce a harvest for only a few years, after which the fertility of the soil is too poor to grow crops, and families have little choice but to clear more land.

        Ally cropping with Inge trees (Image from The INGA Foundation)

Sixteen years of research in Costa Rica and Honduras, led by the University of Cambridge, has produced a new agricultural system based on alley-cropping with Inga trees, which naturally fertilise the soil.

See our project page

Household Combustion Damages Global Health (UBoC Paper)

Nearly 3 billion people around the world, largely in developing countries, depend on solid fuels (wood, charcoal, coal and agricultural / animal waste) for cooking and heating at home.

The burning of these fuels usually takes place in simple stoves or on open fires with poor combustion that releases large quantities of pollutants into the air.

Until recently, the largest known impact of this was on domestic health within poor households, where indoor air quality is causing around 3 million premature deaths every year.

However, a recent study by UBoC researchers, published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, has complimented other findings which show that these emissions also make a contribution to ambient outdoor air pollution, and so will be partially responsible for hundreds of thousands of extra premature deaths around the world.

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UBoC authors Ed Butt, Cat Scott and Dom Spracklen

Continue reading Household Combustion Damages Global Health (UBoC Paper)

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