protect our world for future generations
Researchers across a number of departments and research centres at York are seeking to balance the needs of global, regional and local institutions and markets, while protecting our planet.
We believe that finding sustainable solutions to ecological problems requires both knowledge of human behaviour and environmental science.
Our academic colleagues know that attitudes and behaviours which greatly affect our environment can be changed through education. From working with schools to educate the very young to educating business about the impact manufacturing processes can have upon the planet, they are making a difference and protecting our world for future generations.
Please work with us to help protect our world
To find out more about how you can help or to express an interest in supporting our work in this area please contact Paul Tyack by calling +44 (0) 1904 324 486 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Atmospheric Chemistry Group
Understanding the impact of changes to the environment is vital to long-term planning, asset control and service provision.
Researchers in the Atmospheric Chemistry Group are studying how the chemistry of fine aerosols impacts on the environment. Once in the atmosphere these aerosols interact with clouds, changing the number of cloud droplets present and influencing the rate and amount of precipitation.
There is evidence that, in convective clouds, pollution may enhance precipitation rates, adding to those increases predicted as a result of climate change.
While the impacts of this in the UK are not yet fully understood, researchers at York are seeking to evaluate and quantify these effects in order to provide data for improved modelling of climate change.
Using Social Science to affect the environment
York’s social scientists are active in a variety of areas of relevance to environmental sustainability, including water provision. They have provided the tools and expertise for a wide range of different types of organisations to gain a better understanding of issues surrounding the provision of services, evaluation of sustainability programmes and the development of effective policy.
For example, in 2009 the Consumer Council for Water approached the Department of Social Policy and Social Work to identify the characteristics of households considered to be in water poverty to assist them in developing a benefits package that would positively affect their situation.