Piers Forster

Piers Forster

Professor of Physical Climate Change; Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate, University of Leeds

Professor of Physical Climate Change, University of Leeds (2008-present)
Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2011-2016)
Roberts Research Fellow/ Reader, University of Leeds (2005-2008)
NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Reading (2000-2005)
Visiting Researcher, CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, Melbourne (1999)
PDRA, University of Reading (1994-1998)

PhD Meteorology, University of Reading (1994)
BSc Physics, Imperial College, London (1990)

Royal Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Sustainable Aviation Stakeholder Panel

Research Interests

Climate change, Radiative forcing, climate modelling, climate change impact, climate change adaptation, aviation and climate

Climate Change Series

The most influential climate science paper of all time

Oct 09, 2021 08:29 am UTC| Science

After the second world war, many of Japans smartest scientists found jobs in North American laboratories. Syukuro (Suki) Manabe, a 27-year-old physicist, was part of this brain drain. He was working on weather forecasting...

The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be

May 03, 2021 05:47 am UTC| Nature

Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ this century is a central goal of the Paris Agreement. In recent months, climate experts and others, including in Australia, have suggested the target is now impossible. Whether Earth can...

Climate Change Series

UK target to cut emissions 78% by 2035 is world-leading – but to hit it, policies must be rolled out now

Apr 23, 2021 11:51 am UTC| Nature

Everyday Im inundated with fresh news of businesses and governments declaring new deadlines for when theyll reach net zero emissions. The announcement of one climate target in particular caught my attention recently, for...



Burger King’s first vegetarian restaurant opens in Madrid

Burger King is offering something exciting for its customers who do not eat meat. The fast-food chain has opened its very first vegetarian restaurant outlet in Madrid to cater to vegetarian customers. The new Burger...

Starbucks, Amazon reportedly in talks to launch cashier-less cafe outlets

Starbucks and Amazon are said to be in the discussion for the launch of coffee shops featuring the Just Walk Out technology for a cashier-less transaction when paying. The potential tie-up will place the e-commerce and...

Paypal reportedly in the final stage of acquiring Pinterest for $45B

Paypal is set to buy Pinterest for $45 billion and this was revealed by sources who are familiar with the deal. On Wednesday, Oct. 20, it was reported that the financial technology company specializing in money transfers...

Facebook: Senators urged Mark Zuckerberg to give up its Novi crypto wallet pilot

Facebook dropped its Novi crypto wallet this week for a pilot run, and just hours after its launch, government officials have called on Mark Zuckerberg to immediately discontinue the cryptocurrency wallet that is being...


Capitol insurrection: Donald Trump's lawsuit to be presided by federal judge who condemned Jan. 6 riots

In an attempt to block the House Committee from seeing White House records, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit maintaining executive privilege. The lawsuit is set to be handled by a federal judge who is known to...

Kamala Harris, Marty Walsh announce new guidelines to encourage federal workers to join unions

US Vice President Kamala Harris is also leading the Biden administrations efforts to address labor, especially at a time where people are still struggling to work due to the pandemic. This week, Harris, along with Labor...

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to lead delegation in climate summit

The international summit on climate change is set to take place in the coming week as world leaders are set to propose their strategies in combating climate change. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be leading the...

Haiti gang demands $17 million ransom for kidnapped missionaries

In recent months, the nation of Haiti has seen a rise in unrest that was worsened over the past several days following the kidnapping of American and Canadian missionaries. The latest development on the kidnapping came...


LG Chem develops substance for creating cheaper, lighter plastic solar panel frames

LG Chem combined polycarbonate and acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA) to develop LUPOY EU5201 to be used in plastic frames for solar panels. Consequently, LG has become the first in South Korea to develop plastic...

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Kansai found to have more genetically predisposed coffee lovers than elsewhere in Japan

Tokyo-based genome data analysis firm Euglena found that those with rs671 genotypes of ALDH2 are more predisposed to liking coffee and more prevalent in people from the Kansai area than other parts of Japan. Euglena...


Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000: New leak says both chips will use 4nm architecture

Qualcomm and MediaTek are anticipated to reveal their latest flagship mobile SoCs that are expected to be named Snapdragon 898 and Dimensity 2000, respectively. Their core specifications might have been revealed in a...

27-inch iMac to sport 120Hz ProMotion mini-LED display, analyst reports

Apple may have big plans for the iMac line in 2022. The tech giant continues to sell an Intel-based iMac, but that might change in the coming months as the company is rumored to introduce a new 27-inch iMac. The 14-inch...

MacBook Air could have a display notch in 2022

Many were skeptical when a leak appeared online, claiming that the new MacBook Pros would have a display notch until it was confirmed during Apples October launch event on Monday. Now, it appears that the new design...

Redmi Note 11 series to launch on October 28

Xiaomi is gearing up for another smartphone launch happening next week. This time, the highlight of the upcoming event is the Redmi Note 11 series. While the company is keeping the new technical specifications under wraps,...
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