UBoC’s Dr Dominick Spracklen and his colleague, Dr Luis Garcia-Carrerasalso from School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds, report that continued deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could diminish rainfall levels in the Amazon River basin – which may impact the region’s climate, ecosystems and economies.
A new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, predicts that by the middle of the century annual rainfall in the Amazon could be less than the yearly amount of rain the region receives during drought years if deforestation rates revert back to pre-2004 levels.
Continue reading Increased deforestation and the Amazon basin rainfall
The pioneering tree planting efforts of one of UBoC’s founding partners, the Bettys & Taylors Group, have been highlighted in a recent Financial Times piece available here.
Using wood for cooking leads to deforestation and air pollution that can cause or exacerbate health problems. For many poor people, obtaining wood is either time-consuming or expensive. Where conflicts have led to displaced people, wood shortages can become acute, leading to often violent clashes between locals and refugees. For many refugee women this makes collecting wood a high-risk activity.
Continue reading The potential for solar cooking
UBoC scientists contributed to a new study, published in the journal Science, indicating that molecules emitted by trees are helping to form particles in the atmosphere.
The distribution of particles in the atmosphere controls various properties of clouds and the Earth’s climate. Therefore it’s vitally important to understand the processes by which these particles form, and how this could change in the future.
Continue reading Trees help to form atmospheric particles
Bettys & Taylors agree to work with Nature Kenya for second year to promote forest conservation and reforestation activities in South Nandi, western Kenya.
The project’s principle aim will be the restoration of 235 acres (95 hectares) of cleared forest in South Nandi, which is part of a forest complex that is home to an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area and the endangered Turner’s Eremomela (Eremomela turneri).
Continue reading Bettys & Taylors commit to Kenyan forest conservation for a second year
Over the weekend of 8th and 9th March, volunteers from UBoC, the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre, and academics from the University of Leeds joined forces with the Forestry Commission and successfully planted 4000 oak trees in the Lake District.
The tree planting was part of a push by the Forestry Commission to restore cleared felled upland commercial woodlands back to semi-natural woodlands.
Continue reading UBoC helps plant 4000 trees in the Lake District
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.
Continue reading How cool are trees?
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.
Continue reading Call for information to identify engineering challenges for off-grid isolated communities in the developing world
Congratulations to Cicada for taking home gold and silver at the Yorkshire Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) PRide Awards.
Continue reading Double whammy for Cicada at the Yorkshire CIPR PRide Awards
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.
Continue reading Tree rings, water isotopes and the Amazon hydrological cycle