University of Reading

The University of Reading is one of the UK’s leading research universities – a global institution that enjoys a world-class reputation for research, teaching and enterprise. The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and is now a leading force in British and international higher education. With five campuses across three continents, the University is now home to 1,700 academic and research staff and 19,000 students from more than 150 countries.

The University conducts research across a wide variety of areas and is particularly celebrated as a world leader in areas such as agriculture, biological sciences, built environment, European histories and cultures, meteorology and climate change, and social sciences – including via Henley Business School.

The University is committed to pursuing research excellence between and across academic areas, with more than 50 interdisciplinary research institutes and centres, many of which are recognised as international centres of excellence.

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A pre-industrial climate benchmark generally indicates before the Industrial Revolution – but that still leaves a very wide field. REUTERS/Jason Reed

What is a pre-industrial climate and why does it matter?

The Paris climate agreement aims to keep restrict global warming to within 2℃ above 'pre-industrial levels'. But what does that mean, exactly?

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