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The Cray XC40 supercomputer used by Met Office climate scientists. Credit: Met Office.

Guest post: Why results from the next generation of climate models matter

Prof Stephen Belcher is chief scientist at the UK Met Office; Dr Olivier Boucher is head of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) Climate Modelling... Read More

Guest posts | Mar 21. 2019.
A woman clings on as typhoon Roke blows through Tokyo, Japan, 21 September 2011. Credit: Robert Gilhooly / Alamy Stock Photo. C7G6KM

Halving global warming with solar geoengineering could ‘offset tropical storm risk’

Engineering the climate to reflect away sunlight could halve global warming and offset the risk of increases in tropical storms, new research... Read More

Geoengineering | Mar 11. 2019.
Map showing how climate change effects extremem weather around the world

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,... Read More

Attribution | Mar 11. 2019.
Stratocumulus clouds above the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Credit: ISS Expedition 34 Crew / NASA / Wikimedia Commons.

Extreme CO2 levels could trigger clouds ‘tipping point’ and 8C of global warming

If atmospheric CO2 levels exceed 1,200 parts per million (ppm), it could push the Earth’s climate over a “tipping point”, finds a new study.... Read More

Global temperature | Feb 25. 2019.
Two monks shading from the sun in Loungprabang, Laos. Credit: Nopadol Uengbunchoo / Alamy Stock Photo. HWPG36

Met Office: World has 10% chance of ‘overshooting’ 1.5C within five years

There is a one-in-10 chance that global average temperatures could “temporarily exceed” 1.5C above pre-industrial levels in at least one year over... Read More

1.5C | Feb 6. 2019.

State of the climate: How the world warmed in 2018

The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed. ... Read More

Global temperature | Jan 17. 2019.
Hiroshima ground taken from Red Cross Hospital 15 October 1945-A3439-e1317586575922 Credit: U.S. National Archives, RG-342-FH-A3439-e1317586575922, via JapanAirRaids.org.

Guest post: Did bombing during second world war cool global temperatures?

Prof Alan Robock is a distinguished professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US. ... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 31. 2018.
Sunrays penetrating water's surface, Port-Cros island, France. Credit: Sami Sarkis / Alamy Stock Photo.CE9ENH

State of the climate: New record ocean heat content and a growing El Niño

Ocean heat content (OHC) set a new record in the first half of 2018, with more warmth in the oceans than at any time since OHC records began in 1940. ... Read More

State of the climate | Oct 23. 2018.

Mapped: How every part of the world has warmed – and could continue to warm

Climate change is often communicated by looking at the global average temperature. But a global average might not mean much to the average person. How... Read More

Infographics | Sep 26. 2018.
Sir David Attenborough, English broadcaster and naturalist. Credit: Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo. FDW7WY

The 2004 lecture that finally convinced David Attenborough about global warming

Sir David Attenborough’s long career as a presenter of BBC natural-history programmes first began in 1953 with a three-part series called “Animal... Read More

Features | Aug 13. 2018.
D7C2M5 Silhouette tree in front of a sunrise. English countryside.

State of the climate: 2018 set to be fourth warmest year despite cooler start

Temperatures on the Earth’s surface in the first half of 2018 were lower than over the same period for the three previous years. This was due, in... Read More

State of the climate | Aug 1. 2018.
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