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Scaling up our response to super hurricanes

Scaling up our response to super hurricanes

The Guardian, 14 September 2017
www.theguardian.com/news/2017/sep/14/scaling-up-our-response-to-super-hurricanes

Weatherwatch: As oceans warm and the probability of more intense tropical storms rises, is it time to revamp the rating system?

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Scientists devise early thunderstorm alerts for fishermen in Africa

Scientists devise early thunderstorm alerts for fishermen in Africa

The Guardian, 29 August 2017
www.theguardian.com/news/2017/aug/29/scientists-devise-early-thunderstorm-alerts-for-fishermen-in-africa

Weatherwatch: Team develops storm warning based on satellite observations in hopes of reducing boating deaths on Lake Victoria

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Future forecasts: Met experts ask for your ideas

Future forecasts: Met experts ask for your ideas

The Guardian, 15 August 2017
www.theguardian.com/news/2017/aug/15/future-forecasts-met-experts-ask-for-your-ideas

Weatherwatch: Meteorology experts open the floodgates as they ask for public views about what makes for a satisfying weather prediction.

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Mystery of missing tsunamis explained by geological model

Mystery of missing tsunamis explained by geological model

New Scientist, 11 August 2017
www.newscientist.com/article/2143611-mystery-of-missing-tsunamis-explained-by-geological-model/

How is it that one underwater landslide leads to a devastating tsunami, while another of similar size barely causes a ripple?

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Jellyfish blooms linked to offshore gas platforms and wind farms

Jellyfish blooms linked to offshore gas platforms and wind farms

New Scientist, 31 July 2017
www.newscientist.com/article/2142322-jellyfish-blooms-linked-to-offshore-gas-platforms-and-wind-farms/

Jellymageddon is upon us – and we might be partly responsible.

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Balancing out the lulls of wind power with a wider reach across Europe

Balancing out the lulls of wind power with a wider reach across Europe

The Guardian, 27 July 2017
www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jul/27/balancing-out-the-lulls-of-wind-power-with-a-wider-reach-across-europe

Weatherwatch: Europe has seven prevailing weather regimes, a system wind farms could better exploit to even out supply and demand.

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Find the flow: Harnessing the incredible power of living fluids

Find the flow: Harnessing the incredible power of living fluids

New Scientist, 28 June 2017
www.newscientist.com/article/mg23531320-400-find-the-flow-harnessing-the-incredible-power-of-living-fluids/

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

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Hunting for Mars-like life a kilometre below Earth’s surface

Hunting for Mars-like life a kilometre below Earth’s surface

New Scientist, 22 July 2016
www.newscientist.com/article/2098349-hunting-for-mars-like-life-a-kilometre-below-earths-surface/

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 …

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Seismic shift: Can we cloak cities from earthquakes?

Seismic shift: Can we cloak cities from earthquakes?

New Scientist, 20 July 2016
www.newscientist.com/article/mg23130830-400-seismic-shift-can-we-cloak-cities-from-earthquakes/

From underground musical pipes to swaying metal rods and strategically planted trees, these megaprojects could conquer earthquakes and tame tsunamis

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Rain spawns more rain when it falls on ploughed land

Rain spawns more rain when it falls on ploughed land

New Scientist, 2 May 2016
www.newscientist.com/article/2086521-rain-spawns-more-rain-when-it-falls-on-ploughed-land/

Rain cleans the air, right? Wrong.

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Rain makers: How high-flying bacteria could control the clouds

Rain makers: How high-flying bacteria could control the clouds

New Scientist, 13 April 2016
www.newscientist.com/article/mg23030690-400-rain-makers-how-highflying-bacteria-could-control-the-clouds/

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?

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Writing on the Church Wall

Writing on the Church Wall

Archaeology Magazine, 10 August 2015
www.archaeology.org/issues/190-1509/letter-from/3554-letter-from-england-medieval-church-graffiti

Graffiti from the Middle Ages provides insight into personal expressions of faith in medieval England

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When hurricanes hardly happen

When hurricanes hardly happen

The Guardian, 22 June 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jun/22/weatherwatch-when-hurricanes-hardly-happen

Kate Ravilious on the current North American hurricane drought, and why it might have another year to run.

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Meteorology outwits malaria

Meteorology outwits malaria

The Guardian, 15 June 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jun/15/weatherwatch-meteorology-outwits-malaria

Kate Ravilious on how thousands of lives could be saved by a new system that uses targeted weather forecasts to predict outbreaks of malaria.

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Terrawatch: the enemy below

Terrawatch: the enemy below

The Guardian, 31 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/31/terrawatch-volcano-eruption

Kate Ravilious on the near impossibility of predicting eruptions, even on well-monitored volcanoes, let alone those that appear inactive.

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How to keep wind turbines turning

How to keep wind turbines turning

The Guardian, 25 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/25/weatherwatch-wind-turbines-research

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.

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Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

Quake heightens Nepal landslide concern

BBC News, 13 May 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32721277

The magnitude 7.3 earthquake that shook Nepal on Tuesday lies right under one of the most landslide-prone parts of the country.

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Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers

Pollen shed in rain – brings more showers

The Guardian, 13 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/may/13/weatherwatch-ravilious-research-michigan-pollen-trees-rain-clouds-asthma

Cycle of plant growth revealed as scientists find trees’ pollen exploding in downpours helps to form clouds.

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Terrawatch: a continental pile up

Terrawatch: a continental pile up

The Guardian, 3 May 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/may/03/terrawatch-nepal-earthquake-fault

Kate Ravilious explains the geological background to the devastating earthquake that rocked Nepal.

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Why some quakes are worse than others

Why some quakes are worse than others

BBC News, 1 May 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/32549706

Nepal quake: Why are some tremors so deadly?

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Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over

Kathmandu earthquake nightmare not yet over

Cosmos , 27 April 2015
cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/kathmandu-earthquake-nightmare-not-yet-over

Geologists believe unrelieved strain still remains within the fault line that ruptured in Nepal on Saturday and claimed thousands of lives. Kate Ravilious reports

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Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths

Nepal earthquake: how to prevent thousands more deaths

New Scientist, 27 April 2015
www.newscientist.com/article/dn27416-nepal-earthquake-how-to-prevent-thousands-more-deaths.html#.VT5EfbqR8UU

The 2008 Sichuan earthquake taught us that managing and preventing landslides could save thousands of lives in Nepal over the coming weeks

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Even a deluge can have its upside

Even a deluge can have its upside

The Guardian, 27 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/27/weatherwatch-even-deluge-upside

Kate Ravilious on how analysis of satellite data overturned an assumption about the effect of rainfall on violent winds.

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Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’

Nepal quake ‘followed historic pattern’

BBC News, 26 April 2015
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32472310

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.

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Case of the Giant Blob

Case of the Giant Blob

The Guardian, 16 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/16/weatherwatch-case-giant-blob

Kate Ravilious on how an unusual envelope of warm water in the Pacific has been bringing extraordinary weather to parts of the US.

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Terrawatch: the history of dirt

Terrawatch: the history of dirt

The Guardian, 5 April 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/apr/05/terrawatch-soil-earth-origins-life-erosion

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.

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Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet

Weatherwatch: It may feel like spring, but we are not out of the winter woods yet

The Guardian, 23 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/mar/23/weather-spring-oceans-snow

Warmth is on its way, once the oceans have caught up

 

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Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery

Weatherwatch: The ‘eclipse wind’ – help solve the mystery

The Guardian, 16 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/16/solar-eclipse-wind-uk-friday-experiment-weather

Kate Ravilious on why meteorologists are asking people throughout the UK to take part in an experiment during Friday’s solar eclipse

 

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Iron from the sky

Archaeology, 1 March 2015
www.archaeology.org/issues/

Archaeologists and planetary scientists experiment with meteorites, ancient Egypt’s first source of precious iron

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Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

Terrawatch: The wells will run dry

The Guardian, 1 March 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/mar/01/terrawatch-oil-energy

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.

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Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors

Weatherwatch: Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment indoors

The Guardian, 23 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/23/weatherwatchuk-environment

Hay bale city is finding way to a healthier environment

 

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Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms

Weatherwatch: The ups and downs of North Atlantic storms

The Guardian, 16 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/feb/16/weatherwatch-north-atlantic-storms-historical-research

Kate Ravilious on research that tracks the historical intensity of storms

 

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Terrawatch: The rain that fell in the light of the faint young sun

The Guardian, 1 February 2015
www.theguardian.com/science/2015/feb/01/terrawatch-fossil-raindrops-atmosphere

Kate Ravilious on a project using fossil raindrop craters to study Earth’s early atmosphere

fossil raindrops

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Looking for microbes on Mars

Looking for microbes on Mars

Cosmos, 29 January 2015
cosmosmagazine.com/physical-sciences/looking-microbes-mars

Scientists are fossicking in our planet’s most unearthly places to practise searching for life on Mars. Kate Ravilious investigates.

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Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream

Weatherwatch: Juno storm switches tack barrelled along by jet stream

The Guardian, 28 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/28/weatherwatch-us-juno-storm-jetstream-alberta-clipper

Kate Ravilious New Yorkers braced for severe blizzard receive milder Alberta Clipper storm

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Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off

Weatherwatch: Too hot for take-off

The Guardian, 18 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/18/weatherwatch-aviation-take-off-speed

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.

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When Earth was a frozen Snowball

When Earth was a frozen Snowball

BBC Earth, 12 January 2015
www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150112-did-snowball-earth-make-animals

715 million years ago the entire planet was encased in snow and ice. This frozen wasteland may have been the birthplace of complex animals

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Weatherwatch: A real icy blast

Weatherwatch: A real icy blast

The Guardian, 12 January 2015
www.theguardian.com/news/2015/jan/12/weatherwatch-real-icy-blast

Kate Ravilious explains the ‘weather bomb’ phenomenon that was responsible for the unusually strong winds that have been pounding Scotland and northern England

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Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

Terrawatch: Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

The Guardian, 31 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/31/terrawatch-a-closer-look-at-ben-nevis

Taking a closer look at Ben Nevis

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Under Stonehenge

Under Stonehenge

Archaeology, 15 December 2014
www.archaeology.org/issues/161-1501/features/2782-england-stonehenge-neolithic-ceremonial-landscape

Remote-sensing technologies reveal that Stonehenge is surrounded by thousands of yet-to-be-interpreted Neolithic archaeological features.

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Weatherwatch: If it’s snow you want – head for the heights

Weatherwatch: If it’s snow you want – head for the heights

The Guardian, 14 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/14/weatherwatch-snowfall-britain-altitude

Kate Ravilious compares the statistics for snowfall in the UK, and finds that your chances of getting out the toboggan this winter depend on where exactly you live

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Weatherwatch: Why a chilly morning was good news for Oxfordshire slatters

Weatherwatch: Why a chilly morning was good news for Oxfordshire slatters

The Guardian, 8 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/dec/08/weatherwatch-slatters-stonesfield-slate-oxford-quarry

Stonesfield slate, which covers many Oxford colleges’ roofs, needs a frost – a cold snap meant plenty of work for quarrymen

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Terrawatch: Fire and ice creators of Yosemite’s plains and canyons

Terrawatch: Fire and ice creators of Yosemite’s plains and canyons

The Guardian, 3 December 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/03/terrawatch-ravilious-yosemite-fire-ice-granite-canyons

How did fire and ice create Yosemite’s plains and canyons?

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Transport pollution killed nearly quarter of a million in 2005

Environmental Research Web, 25 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59309

Particulate matter from vehicles caused 242,000 premature deaths

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Climate change could cut West African sorghum yields by a fifth

Environmental Research Web, 24 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59308

Rising temperatures, rainfall changes and shifting monsoon set to harm crop output

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Sun’s magnetic field alters lightning strikes on Earth

Environmental Research Web, 19 November 2014
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/59305

Sun’s magnetic field alters lightning strikes on Earth. Findings could ultimately help with lightning forecasts

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Weatherwatch: ‘No flowers, no birds – November!’

Weatherwatch: ‘No flowers, no birds – November!’

The Guardian, 16 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/nov/16/weatherwatch-no-flowers-no-birds-november

Kate Ravilious finds Thomas Hood’s poem describes a different month to the ones we experience today

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Weatherwatch: All eyes on the sun

Weatherwatch: All eyes on the sun

The Guardian, 10 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/nov/10/country-diary-all-eyes-sun

Kate Ravilious on why astronomers are keeping an anxious watch on AR 12192, the biggest sunspot to appear since 1990

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Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time

Terrawatch: Tibetan plateau shifting and stretching over time

The Guardian, 5 November 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/nov/05/terrawatch-tibetan-plateau-shift-height-zhada-basin-shells

Kate Ravilious on the Tibetan Plateau shift

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Weatherwatch: The greatest droughts in a thousand years

Weatherwatch: The greatest droughts in a thousand years

The Guardian, 19 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/oct/19/california-drought-dust-bowl

Kate Ravilious on a study showing that California’s current crippling three-year drought may be caused by the same atmospheric conditions as triggered the “Dust Bowl” of the 1930s

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