Drop in pollution may bring hotter weather and heavier monsoons
The Guardian, 13 May 2020
Scientists say fewer particles and polluting gases means more sunlight can reach Earth’s surface
Life in a carbon neutral world
Physics World, 2 April 2020
Increasing numbers of cities and countries around the globe are pledging to become net carbon neutral within the next few decades. But what will day-to-day life look like in a “net-zero” world? Kate Ravilious looks at the changes that society will need to make
Will spring slow spread of coronavirus in northern hemisphere?
The Guardian, 11 March 2020
Will coronavirus infections slow down as spring arrives in the northern hemisphere?
Biomass energy: green or dirty?
Physics World, 8 January 2020
The conversion to biomass energy has played a key role in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But is this renewable energy source really as green as we first thought? Kate Raviliousinvestigates
Forget pristine habitats – for biodiversity save abandoned quarries
New Scientist, 4 September 2019
The best way to save Earth’s threatened wildlife could be to protect its most unglamorous and geologically diverse landscapes, from scrubland to exhausted mines
Italian earthquake data hint at possibility of forecasting one type of quake
Nature, 23 October 2018
Study suggests how ‘sequence’ quakes are constrained by their geology, which could allow scientists to forecast the large follow-up shakes.
The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C: the why, the what and the how
Physics World, 8 October 2018
Following the 1.5 °C aim agreed in Paris in 2015, the IPCC came together once more to assess the ramifications. Kate Ravilious investigates the background
Thirty years of the IPCC
Physics World, 8 October 2018
The IPCC has achieved plenty since 1988, including winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Kate Ravilious reports on where it could focus now
Weatherwatch: wind turbines in the sun, slow but steady
The Guardian, 8 October 2018
How did Britain’s wind power stand up to the record-breaking hot summer of 2018? Researchers look back over 38 years
England’s Secret Nuclear Bunkers
Atlas Obscura, 11 September 2018
Descend Into Great Britain’s Network of Secret Nuclear Bunkers. And meet the determined enthusiast bringing them back to life.
Inside the Anarchy
Archaeology Magazine, 1 August 2018
Archaeologists explore the landscape of England’s first civil war
Scaling up our response to super hurricanes
The Guardian, 14 September 2017
Weatherwatch: As oceans warm and the probability of more intense tropical storms rises, is it time to revamp the rating system?
Scientists devise early thunderstorm alerts for fishermen in Africa
The Guardian, 29 August 2017
Weatherwatch: Team develops storm warning based on satellite observations in hopes of reducing boating deaths on Lake Victoria
Future forecasts: Met experts ask for your ideas
The Guardian, 15 August 2017
Weatherwatch: Meteorology experts open the floodgates as they ask for public views about what makes for a satisfying weather prediction.
Mystery of missing tsunamis explained by geological model
New Scientist, 11 August 2017
How is it that one underwater landslide leads to a devastating tsunami, while another of similar size barely causes a ripple?
Jellyfish blooms linked to offshore gas platforms and wind farms
New Scientist, 31 July 2017
Jellymageddon is upon us – and we might be partly responsible.
Balancing out the lulls of wind power with a wider reach across Europe
The Guardian, 27 July 2017
Weatherwatch: Europe has seven prevailing weather regimes, a system wind farms could better exploit to even out supply and demand.
Find the flow: Harnessing the incredible power of living fluids
New Scientist, 28 June 2017
We’re beginning to learn the rules that govern how everything from flocks of birds to sperm cells flow, and it could transform technology and medicine
Hunting for Mars-like life a kilometre below Earth’s surface
New Scientist, 22 July 2016
Kate Ravilious takes an 8-minute lift ride to an underground lab in Yorkshire, UK, doing research that could help NASA’s Mars 2020 rover …
Seismic shift: Can we cloak cities from earthquakes?
New Scientist, 20 July 2016
From underground musical pipes to swaying metal rods and strategically planted trees, these megaprojects could conquer earthquakes and tame tsunamis
Rain spawns more rain when it falls on ploughed land
New Scientist, 2 May 2016
Rain cleans the air, right? Wrong.
Rain makers: How high-flying bacteria could control the clouds
New Scientist, 13 April 2016
Microbes in the clouds seem able to hijack the weather for their own good, summoning drizzle and downpours. Can we use them to control where rain falls?
Writing on the Church Wall
Archaeology Magazine, 10 August 2015
Graffiti from the Middle Ages provides insight into personal expressions of faith in medieval England
When hurricanes hardly happen
The Guardian, 22 June 2015
Kate Ravilious on the current North American hurricane drought, and why it might have another year to run.
Meteorology outwits malaria
The Guardian, 15 June 2015
Kate Ravilious on how thousands of lives could be saved by a new system that uses targeted weather forecasts to predict outbreaks of malaria.
Terrawatch: the enemy below
The Guardian, 31 May 2015
Kate Ravilious on the near impossibility of predicting eruptions, even on well-monitored volcanoes, let alone those that appear inactive.
How to keep wind turbines turning
The Guardian, 25 May 2015
Research from the University of Colorado on wind data from Australia, Canada and the US, shows how careful spacing of turbines can keep the power on.
Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern
BBC News, 13 May 2015
The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that shook Nepal on Tuesday lies right under one of the most landslide-prone parts of the country.
Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers
The Guardian, 13 May 2015
Cycle of plant growth revealed as scientists find trees’ pollen exploding in downpours helps to form clouds.
Terrawatch: a continental pile up
The Guardian, 3 May 2015
Kate Ravilious explains the geological background to the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal.
Why some quakes are worse than others
BBC News, 1 May 2015
Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?
Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over
Cosmos , 27 April 2015
Geologists believe unrelieved strain still remains within the fault line that ruptured in Nepal on Saturday and claimed thousands of lives. Kate Ravilious reports
Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths
New Scientist, 27 April 2015
The 2008 Sichuan earthquake taught us that managing and preventing landslides could save thousands of lives in Nepal over the coming weeks
Even a deluge can have its upside
The Guardian, 27 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on how analysis of satellite data overturned an assumption about the effect of rainfall on violent winds.
Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’
BBC News, 26 April 2015
Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday was primed over 80 years ago by its last massive earthquake in 1934, geologists working in the region say.
Case of the Giant Blob
The Guardian, 16 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on how an unusual envelope of warm water in the Pacific has been bringing extraordinary weather to parts of the US.
Terrawatch: the history of dirt
The Guardian, 5 April 2015
Kate Ravilious on the soil to which we owe our existence, relatively new to Earth at a mere 450 million or so years old, and now under increasing threat of eroding away.
Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet
The Guardian, 23 March 2015
Warmth is on its way, once the oceans have caught up
Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery
The Guardian, 16 March 2015
Kate Ravilious on why meteorologists are asking people throughout the UK to take part in an experiment during Friday’s solar eclipse
Terrawatch: The wells will run dry
The Guardian, 1 March 2015
Oil is millions of years in the making: we consume it at a rate of 30 billion barrels per year. We have to accept that it is going to run out.
Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors
The Guardian, 23 February 2015
Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment
Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms
The Guardian, 16 February 2015
Kate Ravilious on research that tracks the historical intensity of storms
Terrawatch: The rain that fell in the light of the faint young sun
The Guardian, 1 February 2015
Kate Ravilious on a project using fossil raindrop craters to study Earth’s early atmosphere
Looking for microbes on Mars
Cosmos, 29 January 2015
Scientists are fossicking in our planet’s most unearthly places to practise searching for life on Mars. Kate Ravilious investigates.
Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream
The Guardian, 28 January 2015
Kate Ravilious New Yorkers braced for severe blizzard receive milder Alberta Clipper storm
Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off
The Guardian, 18 January 2015
Kate Ravilious on a study showing that higher temperatures could lead to increased numbers of aircraft carrying reduced cargo or fewer passengers to achieve take-off speed.
When Earth was a frozen Snowball
BBC Earth, 12 January 2015
715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals
Weatherwatch: A real icy blast
The Guardian, 12 January 2015
Kate Ravilious explains the ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon that was responsible for the unusually strong winds that have been pounding Scotland and northern England