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A man accepts cold water during a heatwave in Oregon, US on 12 August 2021. Credit: Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo.

Climate change will drive rise in ‘record-shattering’ heat extremes

“Record-shattering” extremes – which break weather records by large margins – will become more likely as a result of climate change, a new st... Read More

Extreme weather | Jul 26. 2021.
A woman enters a cooling centre during the scorching weather of a heatwave in Vancouver

Pacific north-west heatwave shows climate is heading into ‘uncharted territory’

The deadly heatwave that hit north-western US and Canada in late June would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused global warming,... Read More

Heatwaves | Jul 7. 2021.
Media reaction Pacific north-west heat dome and the role of climate change

Media reaction: Pacific north-west ‘heat dome’ and the role of climate change

Less than two weeks after record-breaking temperatures forced California into a state of emergency, a severe heatwave has swept over northwestern US ... Read More

Media analysis | Jun 30. 2021.
Algal bloom in lake Kochelsee in Bavaria

Climate change could cause ‘irreversible impacts’ to lake ecosystems

New research shows that lake “stratification periods” – a seasonal separation of water into layers – will last longer in a warmer climate. ... Read More

Temperature | Apr 19. 2021.

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate-science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, h... Read More

Attribution | Feb 25. 2021.
Morning mist at sunrise in Sparks Lake, Central Oregon

Lake heatwaves will be ‘hotter and longer’ by the end of the century

Climate change is causing “lake heatwaves” to become more frequent, intense and long-lasting, a new study warns.  The research, publishe... Read More

Heatwaves | Jan 20. 2021.
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Met Office: A review of the UK’s climate in 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a dramatic and memorable year for the UK – and our weather and climate is no exception.  We... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 12. 2021.
A Chinese woman cleans electric fans at an outdoor stall in Beijing.

Guest post: Demand for cooling is blind spot for climate and sustainable development

With rising global temperatures and increasingly severe heatwaves, much of the world’s population is vulnerable to the growing health risks of extr... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 19. 2020.
Man with a t-shirt over his head during August 2020 heatwave

Guest post: How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities

The UK experienced several tropical nights during a record-breaking heatwave in August. Central London recorded a high daily minimum temperature of 2... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 1. 2020.
Firefighters watch the intense flames at the Pine Gulch Fire, Colorado.

US sees ‘alarming’ increase in combined heatwaves and droughts

Climate change has driven an “alarming” increase in the number of years with both heatwaves and droughts across the US over the past five decades... Read More

Extreme weather | Sep 23. 2020.
A passenger wearing a facemask standing on the London Underground platform using a fan to cool down from the heat and humid conditions during the August heatwave.

Met Office: The UK’s record-breaking August 2020 heatwave

As the UK moves into autumn, it offers the opportunity to look back at the pronounced, record-breaking heatwave that hit the southeast of the country... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 10. 2020.
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