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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.
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.
Firemen battle with the flames in Kalamos 2017.

Explainer: How climate change is affecting wildfires around the world

This year has seen unprecedented wildfires cause havoc across the world. Australia recently battled its largest bushfire on record, while parts of th... Read More

Explainers | Jul 14. 2020.
Visualisation using NASA's MERRA dataset to model the jet stream over North America, between June and July, 1988. Credit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo. T81PF2

Jet stream: Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events?

The past few months have seen some remarkable weather, from the UK’s sunniest spring on record to Siberia’s dramatic heatwave and “zombie wildf... Read More

Extreme weather | Jun 12. 2020.

Explainer: Nine ‘tipping points’ that could be triggered by climate change

The persistent march of a warming climate is seen across a multitude of continuous, incremental changes. CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Ocean heat con... Read More

Tipping points | Feb 10. 2020.
Amazon fires media reaction August 2019. Graphic: Carbon Brief.

Media reaction: Amazon fires and climate change

In recent weeks, tens of thousands of fires have been recorded across the Amazon rainforest, with dramatic images and statistics reported daily across... Read More

Media analysis | Aug 27. 2019.
Wildfire in Moray, Scotland, 23 April 2019. Credit: JASPERIMAGE / Alamy Stock Photo.

Guest post: Understanding the UK’s recent spike in wildfires

Dr Thomas Smith is assistant professor in environmental geography in the Department of Geography & Environment at the London School of Economics. ... Read More

Guest posts | Jul 3. 2019.
People take shelter under umbrellas during a heatwave in Moscow, 3 August 2018. Credit: ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy Stock Photo.

Northern hemisphere’s extreme heatwave in 2018 ‘impossible’ without climate change

Last summer’s unprecedented northern-hemisphere heatwave “could not have occurred without human-induced climate change”, a new study concludes. ... Read More

Attribution | Jun 12. 2019.
Firefighters battle the Holy Fire burning in the Cleveland National Forest, Los Angeles, California, 10 August 2018. ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo. PDXJ0A

Summer rainfall declines ‘primary driver’ of surge in US wildfires

Sharp declines in summer rainfall could be a “primary driver” of the record-breaking wildfires ripping across the western US, research shows. U... Read More

Wildfires | Aug 20. 2018.
Wildfire at Buckhorn Summit, California, US. 30 July 2018.

Factcheck: How global warming has increased US wildfires

In the midst of record or near-record heatwaves across the northern hemisphere this summer, deadly wildfires have swept through many regions, such as ... Read More

Factchecks | Aug 9. 2018.
Wildfire in Yosemite National Park, 2009. Kip Evans / Alamy Stock Photo. BT496N

CO2 emissions from wildfires have fallen over past 80 years, study finds

The annual amount of CO2 emitted as a result of wildfires has fallen over the past 80 years, a new study finds. The research finds that, over the p... Read More

Plants and forests | Apr 17. 2018.
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