New Standards to address greenwashing in carbon farming

Urgently needed report could be pivotal in preventing greenwashing in farm soil carbon projects Environment Agency funded consortium lays out minimum requirements for UK soil carbon projects  Requirements should unlock investment for farmers and support a scalable, high-integrity market for farm soil carbon  The prospect of a scalable, high-integrity market for farm soil carbon took an important … Read more


Most UK rivers fail to meet good ecological status Scientists will: create new tools for monitoring freshwater pollution; study how river ecosystems are impacted by effluent, microplastics, chemicals and land management practices; support the development of new strategies to improve river water quality in the UK that will take account of climate change £8.4 million … Read more

Press release: Calling creative artists to help capture the importance of restoring peatland

The search is on for a creative artist to capture the journey of restoring peatlands at a site covering large areas in the north of England. This is part of WaterLANDS – an ambitious project which aims restore wetlands damaged by human activity – and is recruiting artists for six Action Sites throughout Europe. Artists … Read more

NERC co-appoint Professor Pippa Chapman and Professor Joseph Holden as Freshwater Quality Champions

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have co-appointed Professor Pippa Chapman and Professor Joseph Holden as the new Freshwater Quality Champion for the Understanding changes in quality of UK freshwaters programme. This appointment will see the academics, from University of Leeds, lead and co-ordinate a new four-year programme on ‘Understanding changes in quality of UK … Read more

Innovative action plan gets funding to reduce the impact of flooding across West Yorkshire

An innovative plan to reduce the impact of flooding and climate change in West Yorkshire over the next six years is being launched during national Flood Action Week. Spearheaded by five local Lead Flood Authorities across the region, the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme (FLIP) has just been achieved a successful bid for £160k local … Read more

Press Release: Leeds environmental science researchers take part in WaterLANDS – New European Green Deal project launched to restore European wetlands

18 October 2021 An ambitious project has been launched to tackle largescale restoration of Europe’s wetlands, with €23 million of funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Programme Green Deal. WaterLANDS (Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness) will restore wetland sites across Europe which have been decimated by human activity and lay the foundations … Read more

Press Release – How much do you know about how to protect your property from flooding?

14 October 2021 People who live and work in Yorkshire are being asked about how much they know about making their property flood resilient as part of a national project. Yorkshire Flood Resilience is one of three Pathfinder Projects in the country that have been funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural … Read more

Helping flood-hit companies build for the future

Companies affected by floods are working with a ground-breaking project aimed at protecting their future business interests. The study, led by the University of Leeds, was set up to highlight the true monetary cost of flooding to the business sector and local communities. It aims to establish a framework in which insurers work more closely … Read more

Press Release – Communicating about flood risk

New tools to help communicate about flooding to at risk communities Role play exercises are to be used to help overcome challenges of communicating about flooding to communities at greatest risk. This is one of the tools that will be developed as part of a new project run by the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme … Read more