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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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Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Horizon - The EU research and innovation magazine, 16 October 2014
Clothes that recharge your laptop – the near-endless possibilities of artificial leaves

Using a protein taken from nature, scientists have made artificial leaves that can harvest energy faster than natural ones, and the ultra-lightweight material opens up the possibility of wearable technology and paint-on solar cells.

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Weatherwatch: Clouds are weighty wonders, but how do they stay up?

Weatherwatch: Clouds are weighty wonders, but how do they stay up?

The Guardian, 13 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/oct/13/weatherwatch-clouds-environment

Kate Ravilious explains why clouds don’t fall to earth – until it rains

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Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption

Terrawatch: Mount Ontake eruption

The Guardian, 1 October 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/oct/01/terrawatch-mount-ontake-eruption-japan-steam

Kate Ravilious on why the eruption of the Japanese volcano may have been almost impossible to predict.

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Weatherwatch: Every leaf tells a story

Weatherwatch: Every leaf tells a story

The Guardian, 14 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/sep/14/weatherwatch-leaves-shape-climate

Kate Ravilious on how the shape of a tree’s leaf is influenced by the climate that the tree prefers

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Weatherwatch: Prediction impossible

Weatherwatch: Prediction impossible

The Guardian, 8 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/sep/08/weatherwatch-prediction-impossible

Kate Ravilious on why those alluring ‘super precise’ forecasts of summer showers are so frequently inaccurate

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Terrawatch: Bárðabunga plays the waiting game

Terrawatch: Bárðabunga plays the waiting game

The Guardian, 5 September 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/sep/05/terrawatch-iceland-volcano-bardabunga

Kate Ravilious reports on the stirrings of a volcano that has erupted more lava than any other on Earth in the last 10,000 years.

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The Great War in miniature

Archaeology, 1 September 2014
www.archaeology.org/issues/144-1409

The excavation of a unique battlefield model provides insight into military tactics and the evolution of warfare

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Weatherwatch: Every drop counts

Weatherwatch: Every drop counts

The Guardian, 29 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/29/weatherwatch-rainfall-data-school-children

Kate Ravilious on how a project involving primary school children with the collection of rainfall data could significantly improve weather forecasts

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Weatherwatch: Every flash – as it happens

Weatherwatch: Every flash – as it happens

The Guardian, 17 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/17/weatherwatch-lightning-map-live

Kate Ravilious on how a network of enthusiasts with lightning detectors has created a live online map of the world’s electrical storms

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Weatherwatch: Boomerang Bertha

Weatherwatch: Boomerang Bertha

The Guardian, 11 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/aug/11/weatherwatch-storm-bertha-boomerang

Kate Ravilious on how it may become more common in the future for tropical storms to bounce back across the Atlantic and batter western Europe

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Terrawatch: The everlasting fire

Terrawatch: The everlasting fire

The Guardian, 1 August 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/aug/01/terrawatch-everlasting-fire

Kate Ravilious describes what happens when a coal seam catches alight deep beneath the ground.

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Kathmandu’s earthquake nightmare

Kathmandu’s earthquake nightmare

Cosmos, 28 July 2014
beta.cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/kathmandus-earthquake-nightmare

By analysing fault lines in Nepal scientists hope better to predict the next big one. The problem is finding them, as
Kate Ravilious discovers.

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Weatherwatch: Cold, colder, coldest

Weatherwatch: Cold, colder, coldest

The Guardian, 20 July 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jul/20/weatherwatch-temperature-coldest-antarctica

Kate Ravilious on the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth – 31 years ago today, at a Russian research station in Antarctica

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Weatherwatch: Riding into the wind

Weatherwatch: Riding into the wind

The Guardian, 7 July 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jul/07/weatherwatch-riding-into-wind

Kate Ravilious assesses some of the meteorological challenges facing riders in the Tour de France

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Terrawatch: The crash that splintered Earth’s crust

Terrawatch: The crash that splintered Earth’s crust

The Guardian, 4 July 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jul/04/terrawatch-asteroid-impact-plate-tectonics

Kate Ravilious on how Earth’s surface jigsaw of tectonic plates may have been triggered by a cataclysmic asteroid impact

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Weatherwatch: Wheat stressed out in the sunshine

Weatherwatch: Wheat stressed out in the sunshine

The Guardian, 15 June 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jun/15/weatherwatch-wheat-heat-stress

Kate Ravilious explains how too much sun at this time of year, as the wheat comes into flower, can reduce crop yield by over a fifth

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Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge

Archaeology Magazine, 9 June 2014
www.archaeology.org/issues/141-1407/letter-from/2175-scotland-bennachie-peasant-community

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Weatherwatch: Why the sky is blue

Weatherwatch: Why the sky is blue

The Guardian, 9 June 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jun/09/weatherwatch-why-sky-blue

Kate Ravilious explains why what you see when you look up depends on the invisible molecules above your head

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Terrawatch: Where plates collide

Terrawatch: Where plates collide

The Guardian, 6 June 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jun/06/terrawatch-indonesia-volcano-tectonic-plates

Kate Ravilious explains why the Indonesian archipelago is one of the most explosive places on Earth

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Weatherwatch: A bad winter for California’s cherries…

Weatherwatch: A bad winter for California’s cherries…

The Guardian, 30 May 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/may/30/weatherwatch-california-cherry-harvest-winter-fog

Kate Ravilious explains that the California cherry orchards missed their fog requirement last winter – and the harvest has suffered

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Weatherwatch: Wildfire Weather

Weatherwatch: Wildfire Weather

The Guardian, 18 May 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/may/18/weatherwatch-wildfires-darkness-mini-tornado

Kate Ravilious on how wildfires can effect places far from the fires, generate their own weather – and be beneficial too

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Art takes a shot at the moon

Art takes a shot at the moon

New Scientist, 15 May 2014
www.newscientist.com/article/dn25564-art-takes-a-shot-at-the-moon.html#.U3SFbl7XnFI

Visions of a new space race dominate a group show at the BALTIC 39 gallery in the UK, but sometimes the wonder of space is lost amid the practicalities

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Weatherwatch: All the world’s a map

Weatherwatch: All the world’s a map

The Guardian, 12 May 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/may/12/weatherwatch-all-world-map

Kate Ravilious finds the perfect way for weatherholics to while away a rainy afternoon

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Terrawatch: Iron from the sky

Terrawatch: Iron from the sky

The Guardian, 2 May 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/may/02/terrawatch-ancient-egypt-iron-meteorite

Kate Ravilious on the source of the iron used in artefacts discovered in Egyptian tombs dating from hundreds of years before the start of the Egyptian iron age

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Weatherwatch: Did warm weather cause the Titanic disaster?

Weatherwatch: Did warm weather cause the Titanic disaster?

The Guardian, 27 April 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/apr/27/weatherwatch-icebergs-greenland-titanic

Kate Ravilious on how warm, wet weather in Greenland in 1908 may have caused excess iceberg calving over the following years

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Weatherwatch: Like it or not, the future is hot

Weatherwatch: Like it or not, the future is hot

The Guardian, 20 April 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/apr/20/weatherwatch-global-warming-ocean-heat-trade-winds

Kate Ravilious reports on research that suggests that, when it comes to assessing global warming, we’ve been measuring the wrong thing

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Terrawatch: In the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull

Terrawatch: In the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull

The Guardain, 4 April 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/04/earthwatch-shadow-eyjafjallajokull

Four years after an Icelandic volcano grounded Europe’s air traffic, Kate Ravilious wonders if the worst is yet to happen

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Weatherwatch: Extreme and terrible – but no freak occurrence

Weatherwatch: Extreme and terrible – but no freak occurrence

The Guardian, 16 March 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/mar/16/weatherwatch-tornadoes-america-disaster

Kate Ravilious reports on new research showing that the probablity of deadly tornado outbreaks in the US may be higher than previously thought

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Weatherwatch: The great white hurricane

Weatherwatch: The great white hurricane

The Guardian, 10 March 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/mar/10/weatherwatch-america-great-white-hurricane

Kate Ravilious recalls the devastating storm that took the US by surprise 126 years ago today

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Terrawatch: The earth moved (a little)

Terrawatch: The earth moved (a little)

The Guardian, 28 February 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/feb/28/earthwatch-earthquake-bristol-channel

Kate Ravilious on the earthquake that shook the teacups in Devon recently, and on some historical quakes that have caused more damage in Britain in past centuries

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Weatherwatch: misery that oozes from the ground

Weatherwatch: misery that oozes from the ground

The Guardian, 16 February 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/feb/16/weatherwatch-groundwater-flooding

Kate Ravilious on groundwater flooding, caused by saturated rocks and overflowing aquifers

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Weatherwatch: Be careful what you wish for

Weatherwatch: Be careful what you wish for

The Guardian, 10 February 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/feb/10/weatherwatch-careful-what-wish-for

Kate Ravilious explains why the lovely warm summer we are all looking forward to could mean even more intense deluges

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Terrawatch: It’s a wonderful world

Terrawatch: It’s a wonderful world

The Guardian, 31 January 2014
www.theguardian.com/science/2014/jan/31/earthwatch-oh-lucky-planet

Kate Ravilious introduces a new series that will explore and celebrate the fascinating rocky lump we call home

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Weatherwatch: The forecast for Mars – with help from Mongolian sand dunes

Weatherwatch: The forecast for Mars – with help from Mongolian sand dunes

The Guardian, 19 January 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jan/19/weatherwatch-forecast-mars-sand-dunes-wind

Kate Ravilious explains how scientists plan to use the alignment of grains of sand to predict prevailing wind speeds on Mars and Titan

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The seven deadly sinners driving global warming

The seven deadly sinners driving global warming

New Scientist, 15 January 2014
www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129523.100-the-seven-deadly-sinners-driving-global-warming.html#.Ut6Zf9mnzGh

A study has identified the countries that have contributed most to climate change over the past century

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Weatherwatch: Rivers in the sky bring misery to the land

Weatherwatch: Rivers in the sky bring misery to the land

The Guardian, 13 January 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jan/13/weatherwatch-atmospheric-rivers-floods-cumbria

Kate Ravilious reports on “atmospheric rivers” that can carry as much water as the Amazon – and drop it over a small region

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Weatherwatch: North America’s bleak midwinter

Weatherwatch: North America’s bleak midwinter

The Guardian, 3 January 2014
www.theguardian.com/news/2014/jan/03/weatherwatch-ice-storm-north-america-toronto

Kate Ravilious on the ice storm that cut the power to nearly 800,000 people just before Christmas, caused, surprisingly, by an exceptionally warm air mass over New York

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Why is the British weather so stormy right now?

Why is the British weather so stormy right now?

The Guardian, 3 January 2014
www.theguardian.com/uk-news/shortcuts/2014/jan/03/why-is-the-british-weather-so-bad-right-now

Lingering warm air that drifted from the Sahara to the Atlantic this summer could be to blame for Britain’s storms and heavy snowfall in the US and Canada

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Weatherwatch: Seal of approval for polar ocean research

Weatherwatch: Seal of approval for polar ocean research

The Guardian, 15 December 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/dec/15/weatherwatch-southern-ocean-research-seals

15 Dec 2013: Kate Ravilious reports on how elephant seals are helping to improve our weather forecasts

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The Scientist’s Garden

The Scientist’s Garden

Archaeology, 10 December 2013
archaeology.org/issues/120-1401/letter-from/1623-england-excavations-edward-jenner-garden

Excavations in an English garden reveal the evolution of the nation’s culture across thousands of years

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Weatherwatch: Measuring rainfall variation – using windscreen wipers

Weatherwatch: Measuring rainfall variation – using windscreen wipers

The Guardian, 6 December 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/dec/06/weatherwatch-rain-measurement-windscreen-wipers

Kate Ravilious on how motorists are helping German scientists measure rain conditions more effectively

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Weatherwatch: The cleverness of mushrooms

Weatherwatch: The cleverness of mushrooms

The Guardian, 29 November 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/29/weatherwatch-fungi-mushrooms-spores

Kate Ravilious reports on recent research that shows the remarkably clever means by which mushrooms ensure wide dispersal of their spores

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Weatherwatch: Carbon released in the Philippines might never be recovered

Weatherwatch: Carbon released in the Philippines might never be recovered

The Guardian, 17 November 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/17/typhoon-haiyan-trees-global-warming

Kate Ravilious warns that future superstorms could prevent regrowth of the trees uprooted by Haiyan

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Typhoon Haiyan may have created a carbon burp

Typhoon Haiyan may have created a carbon burp

New Scientist, 11 November 2013
www.newscientist.com/article/dn24558-typhoon-haiyan-may-have-created-carbon-burp.html

As the Philippines assesses the damage caused by typhoon Haiyan, scientists calculate that storms like this release carbon from forests, worsening climate change

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