Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation launches at Royal Society

LeverhulmeThe Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) has been officially launched during an event held in London at the Royal Society.

The LC3M brings together an international team of scientists and social scientists who share the ambition to find new safe and affordable methods of removing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere in order to cool the planet and mitigate ocean acidification.

Under Director Professor David Beerling at the University of Sheffield, researchers from the Universities of Sheffield, Cardiff, Southampton, California (Riverside), Illinois, the Open University and the South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme are joining forces. Their research will take place both in the laboratory in the UK but also in scalable field trials based in the USA and Malaysian Borneo.

During a break at the launch event Professor Beerling explained more about the LC3M. "Global climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. As recognised by the targets set in Paris at the end of 2015 there is an urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst at the same time developing methods to remove atmospheric CO2.

"We already know that enhanced rock weathering, a natural reaction that takes place in the soil, has been stabilising Earth’s climate for millennia. The LC3M aims to take this knowledge, and through the application of science and social science, find new, affordable agricultural methods that will contribute to the international effort to mitigate the effects of climate change."

Representatives from each of the partner organisations were joined at the launch by industry and policy representatives, underlining the fact that developing and implementing more sustainable agricultural practices can only happen with public understanding and industrial and political support.

In closing the meeting, Professor Beerling said: "We have been fortunate to receive financial support from the Leverhulme Trust, which has committed £10 million to the LC3M over ten years, and we will be applying innovative new research concepts to achieving the centre’s ambitious goals."

Additional information

The Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M)

The LC3M investigates the role of enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere to cool the planet while also mitigating ocean acidification. The aim is to deliver transformative understanding of the fundamental science and social science of enhanced weathering and its potential for climate change mitigation with co-benefits for sustainable agriculture.

The Centre is funded through a Leverhulme Trust Research Centre Award of £10 million over 10 years and involves researchers from the University of Sheffield, University of Cardiff, University of Southampton, the Open University, University of California Riverside, University of Illinois and the South East Asia Rainforest Research Programme. Its director is Professor David Beerling FRS, University of Sheffield.

The LC3M research is organised across four linked themes (Earth systems modelling, fundamental science, applied science, and sustainability and society) designed to understand enhanced weathering as a 'low tech' strategic option for revolutionising climate change mitigation by adapting agricultural practices for delivering resource-efficient global environment and food security.

Contact

For further information please contact:

Debbie Hill
LC3M Research Support Officer
0114 222 0090
d.hill@sheffield.ac.uk