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Leeds PhD students Paloma Trascasa-Castro (SMURPHS) and Bianca van Bavel have created this online platform to share science-based articles, news about climate and nature and interviews with scientists and researchers. Bridging the gap between the scientific and the non-scientific community, because every person, independently to their education, has the right to be informed and up to…
SMURPHS PI Piers Forster co authored the Net Zero report, released on the 2nd May 2019 by the Committee for Climate Change in the UK. This report responds to a request from the Governments of the UK, Wales and Scotland, asking the Committee to reassess the UK’s long-term emissions targets. Our new emissions scenarios draw…
On a global scale the science is settled: human emissions of greenhouse gases have already led to a rise in global temperature of more than 1°C, and the consequences are visible around the world. Already, in 2019, Australia has sweltered in record-breaking heat, while the US Midwest was hit by freezing conditions colder than Antarctica. In the UK meanwhile, winter…
Despite some positive climate action, new fossil fuel infrastructure is still being built and deployed. Dozens of new coal power plants are currently planned or under construction, for instance, while petrol car sales will nearly hit 100m in 2019. But what if all that ceased tomorrow? It turns out that if we built no more fossil fuel infrastructure…
Huge congratulations to SMURPHS PI, Professor Piers Forster who has been appointed to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) by the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP, and the devolved administrations. Piers has played a significant role authoring Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and currently has a coordinating lead author role for the IPCC sixth assessment report. As well…
The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC) is a large, basin-scale circulation located in the Atlantic Ocean that transports climatically important quantities of heat northward. It can be described schematically as a northward flow in the warm upper ocean and a southward return flow at depth in much colder water. The heat capacity of a layer…
Researchers have traced large and long-standing biases in computer simulations of climate, affecting the turbid Southern Ocean, to errors in cloud that emerge rapidly within the atmospheric models. Biases evolve over time through knock on effects that shift the location of the battering winds of the “roaring 40s”. This new method combines detailed simulations with…
New research from the University of Southampton and the Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale suggests that the average temperature of Earth’s atmosphere and oceans will be abnormally warm, beyond the Long-Term Global Warming Trend, over the next five years. A new method for predicting mean temperatures, suggests that the next few years will likely be…
Dr Dan Jones At the British Antarctic Survey lead research into natural processes that can rapidly inject heat and carbon into the interior ocean.  It can remain there for decades to centuries, potentially slowing global surface warming. One of these locations is the Labrador Sea, which features strong exchanges of heat with the atmosphere and exceptionally deep…
New research publication lead by Dr. Ramiro Checa-Garcia, from the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. Radiative forcing is a key concept used in climate science to ascertain the strength of different agents,  in driving climate change. In this context, ozone is recognized as one of the main contributors to radiative forcing according…