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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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Are simple climate models nearly as good?

Environmental Research Web, 11 November 2013
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/55237

Study analyses performance of complex atmosphere–ocean climate models in CMIP5 in response to sudden increases in carbon dioxide

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Is summer on the right (storm) track?

Is summer on the right (storm) track?

Environmental Research Web, 6 November 2013
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/55224

European summer rainfall depends on North Atlantic ocean temperatures and storm track path

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Weatherwatch: Does bonfire night bring cloud and rain?

Weatherwatch: Does bonfire night bring cloud and rain?

The Guardian, 1 November 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/nov/01/weatherwatch-bonfire-night-cloud-rain

Kate Ravilious explains why all the smoke produced on Bonfire Night does not necessarily mean that the next day will be dismal

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Weatherwatch: The coldest hour

Weatherwatch: The coldest hour

The Guardian, 20 October 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/oct/20/weatherwatch-sunrise-cold

Kate Ravilious explains why temperatures continue to drop for some time after the sun rises

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Superconductivity’s current help for the environment

Superconductivity’s current help for the environment

Environmental Research Web, 18 October 2013
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/opinion/55067

Superconductors could cut carbon emissions by boosting power transmission, transforming wind energy, creating more efficient supercomputers for climate models, enabling renewable energy storage, aiding train travel, and more, says a review in Superconductor Science and Technology.

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Weatherwatch: Flashes from the ash

Weatherwatch: Flashes from the ash

The Guardian, 4 October 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/oct/04/weatherwatch-volcanic-ash-lightning

Kate Ravilious on research into why some volcanic eruptions produce more spectacular electrical storms than others

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Sniffing Cancer: dogs lead the way to a simple breath test

Sniffing Cancer: dogs lead the way to a simple breath test

Cosmos, 1 October 2013
www.cosmosmagazine.com/issue/issue-53-sniffing-cancer/

Sniffing Cancer: dogs lead the way to a simple breath test

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Weatherwatch: Autumnal chill in the September air

Weatherwatch: Autumnal chill in the September air

The Guardian, 15 September 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/sep/15/weatherwatch-september-autumn-frost

Kate Ravilious on the likelihood of frost in Britain this month

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Weatherwatch: An epic voyage – with following winds

Weatherwatch: An epic voyage – with following winds

The Guardian, 6 September 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/sep/06/weatherwatch-voyage-wind-current-marianas

Kate Ravilious reports on recent research into the origins of the Marianas islanders

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Weatherwatch: Where will lightning strike next?

Weatherwatch: Where will lightning strike next?

The Guardian, 30 August 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/aug/30/weatherwatch-lightning-strike-research

Kate Ravilious on new research that may make it possible to provide a long range warning of potentially dangerous lightning by studying thunderstorm ‘halos’

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Weatherwatch: Getting ahead of hurricanes

Weatherwatch: Getting ahead of hurricanes

The Guardian, 18 August 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/aug/18/weatherwatch-hurricanes-forecast-gps

Kate Ravilious reports on a new tool that will help meteorologists forecast the track of hurricanes by measuring distortion in GPS signals

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Weatherwatch: Heatwave? That depends…

Weatherwatch: Heatwave? That depends…

The Guardian, 2 August 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/aug/02/weatherwatch-heatwave-temperature-emergency

Kate Ravilious explains that the definition of a heatwave depends on where you live

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Art installation brings you face to face with fracking

Art installation brings you face to face with fracking

New Scientist, 18 July 2013
www.newscientist.com/article/dn23889-art-installation-brings-you-face-to-face-with-fracking.html#.Uimx-NlAozk

Not sure what to make of fracking? You can at least taste its effects at a miniature fracking rig drilling into a gallery floor in Liverpool, UK

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Weatherwatch: A record year for landslides?

Weatherwatch: A record year for landslides?

The Guardian, 13 July 2013
/www.theguardian.com/news/2013/jul/14/weatherwatch-landslides-rain

Kate Ravilious asks if it was just the rain that caused last year’s number of recorded landslides – more than two and a half times the annual average

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Weatherwatch: The wind that shapes Earth’s atmosphere

Weatherwatch: The wind that shapes Earth’s atmosphere

The Guardian, 5 July 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/jul/05/weatherwatch-plasmaspheric-wind-space-atmosphere

Kate Ravilious on an elusive space wind, that hurtles around Earth’s plasmasphere at around 5,000 kilometres per hour. Predicted by scientists for years, its existence has only just been confirmed

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Weatherwatch: Clouds that shine in the polar nights

Weatherwatch: Clouds that shine in the polar nights

The Guardian, 16 June 2013
www.theguardian.com/news/2013/jun/16/weatherwatch-noctilucent-clouds-solar-activity-rockets

Kate Ravilious reports on high-level noctilucent clouds, that illuminate summer twilights above Earth’s polar regions.

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Mid-town miners: The hunt for urban treasure

Mid-town miners: The hunt for urban treasure

New Scientist, 5 June 2013
www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829192.500-midtown-miners-the-hunt-for-urban-treasure.html?

Could urban prospectors strike it rich under our streets? There is a vast and growing bounty of valuable, abandoned metals waiting to be mined

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Weatherwatch: seeking early warning signs of a deadly twister

Weatherwatch: seeking early warning signs of a deadly twister

The Guardian, 31 May 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/may/31/weatherwatch-tornadoes-twisters-oklahoma

Kate Ravilious reports on a project to improve the forecasting of tornadoes – and save lives

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Weatherwatch: Keeping warm under a snowy blanket

Weatherwatch: Keeping warm under a snowy blanket

The Guardian, 19 May 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/may/19/weatherwatch-snow-thaw-ptarmigan-mountain-hare

Kate Ravilious on the species that thrive under the snow, and the threats they may face as warmer conditions bring earlier snow melt

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Over half the world’s population could rely on food imports by 2050

Over half the world’s population could rely on food imports by 2050

The Guardian, 7 May 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/07/half-population-food-imports-2050

Potsdam Institute projection suggests population growth would increase imported food, even without climate change

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Weatherwatch – How climate science saves lives

Weatherwatch – How climate science saves lives

The Guardian, 3 May 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/may/03/weatherwatch-africa-floods-rain

Kate Ravilious on a project to give African villagers warning of weather conditions that can threaten lives and livelihoods

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Haunt of the Resurrection Man

Haunt of the Resurrection Man

Archaeology, 1 May 2013
www.archaeology.org/issues/89-1305/features/737-royal-london-hospital-burials

A forgotten graveyard, the dawn of modern medicine, and the hard life in 19th-century London

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What sort of weather does a flu virus like best?

What sort of weather does a flu virus like best?

The Guardian, 28 April 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/apr/28/weatherwatch-flu-vaccination-epidemics

Kate Ravilious reports on research that suggests that flu has definite weather preferences

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The early turd: Our history is written in poo

New Scientist, 25 April 2013
www.newscientist.com/article/mg21829142.100-the-early-turd-our-history-is-written-in-poo.html

Our ancestors’ excrement reveals a rich record of humanity’s movements, culture – and faecal worms

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Weatherwatch: Signs of a clash between cold air and warm air

Weatherwatch: Signs of a clash between cold air and warm air

The Guardian, 14 April 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/apr/14/weather-fronts-maps

Kate Ravilious on the history of the now familiar weather map symbols representing cold and warm fronts

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Weatherwatch: First measure the snow – then tweet about it

Weatherwatch: First measure the snow – then tweet about it

The Guardian, 5 April 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/apr/05/snow-measure-tweet-data

Kate Ravilious reports on a project that recruited social media users to help create accurate local weather data

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Weatherwatch: Wind turbines impact on balance and distribution of species

Weatherwatch: Wind turbines impact on balance and distribution of species

The Guardian, 17 February 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/feb/17/weatherwatch-windfarm-turbine-energy

Kate Ravilious on the changes to weather caused by wind farms

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Weatherwatch: Boris was right winters are getting colder

Weatherwatch: Boris was right winters are getting colder

The Guardian, 2 February 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/feb/01/weatherwatch-boris-johnson-cold-winter

Kate Ravilious says Siberian winter highs have intensified according to climate scientist Xiangdong Zhang

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Climate change brings colder winters to Europe and Asia

Environmental Research Web, 23 January 2013
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/52135

The world is warming, so why have winters been getting colder across much of Eurasia? This question has puzzled climate researchers in recent years. Now a study shows that the icy winter blasts are linked to intensified high-pressure systems hovering over Eurasia during the winter months.

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Yipee – I’ve been awarded an EGU Science journalism fellowship!

Yipee – I’ve been awarded an EGU Science journalism fellowship!

EGU, 21 January 2013
www.egu.eu/news/54/kate-ravilious-and-liz-kalaugher-awarded-egu-science-journalism-fellowship/

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has named journalists Kate Ravilious and Liz Kalaugher as the winners of its second Science Journalism Fellowship competition for projects on reporting continental earthquakes and climate-change effects on ecosystems, respectively. Ravilious will receive €3,500 to join a research team travelling to central Asia, and Kalaugher €1,500 to cover expenses related to a trip to Finland.

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Weatherwatch: Forecasts have changed since the Burns’ Day Storm

Weatherwatch: Forecasts have changed since the Burns’ Day Storm

The Guardian, 20 January 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/jan/20/weatherwatch-burns-day-storm-predictions

Kate Ravilious explains how weather predictions have changed since the Burns’ Day Storm hit the UK

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Weatherwatch: In need of protection?

Weatherwatch: In need of protection?

The Guardian, 4 January 2013
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2013/jan/04/weather-insurance-storm-flood-drought

Kate Ravilious on the growth of weather insurance, as farmers and businesses seek cover from the financial effects of extreme weather

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Neolithic Europe’s Remote Heart

Archaeology, 1 January 2013
www.archaeology.org/issues

One thousand years of spirituality, innovation, and social development emerge from a ceremonial center on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney

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Weatherwatch: How do you make a cloud?

Weatherwatch: How do you make a cloud?

The Guardian, 15 December 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/dec/18/weather

How do you make a cloud? It is a problem that has puzzled some of the finest minds, and last week scientists met at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to celebrate the man who invented the “cloud chamber” – Charles Thompson Rees Wilson

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Weatherwatch: Would modern humans survive a volcanic winter?

Weatherwatch: Would modern humans survive a volcanic winter?

The Guardian, 30 November 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/nov/30/weatherwatch-volcano-ash-winter-eruption

Kate Ravilious says archeological evidence indicates our ancestors survived mega volcanic eruptions

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Weatherwatch: The Thames like a windpipe in the city’s lungs

Weatherwatch: The Thames like a windpipe in the city’s lungs

The Guardian, 18 November 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/nov/18/weatherwatch-thames-air-flow-lidar

Kate Ravilious says a new study maps the airflow above the river Thames

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White roofs cool clear skies

Environmental Research Web, 9 November 2012
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/51451

White roofs in north-east India found to reflect sunlight, potentially minimizing global warming.

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Supercritical geothermal plant cuts energy emissions

Environmental Research Web, 22 October 2012
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/51235

The warm rocks that lie deep beneath our feet contain huge amounts of renewable energy, but extracting that energy is challenging. Traditionally, water has been used to recover geothermal heat; potentially waste carbon dioxide could be employed too. A new study assesses how energy efficient this option might be.

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Weatherwatch: So we understand the forecast, but how useful is it?

Weatherwatch: So we understand the forecast, but how useful is it?

The Guardian, 14 October 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/oct/14/weatherwatch-forecasting-games-percentages

Kate Ravilious examines how good people are at assessing probabililstic weather forecasting

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Weatherwatch: Arctic sea ice breakup is bad news for polar bears

Weatherwatch: Arctic sea ice breakup is bad news for polar bears

The Guardian, 16 September 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/sep/16/weatherwatch-arctic-sea-ice-breakup

Kate Ravilious says a warming Arctic may explain some of our weather trends

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Straight talk with… Mark Sculpher

Nature Medicine, 7 September 2012
www.nature.com/nm/journal/v18/n9/full/nm0912-1315.html

By 2014, the UK will be changing the way it regulates the price it pays for medicines. The government has embraced an idea known as value-based pricing (VBP), with negotiations on how the system will work due to begin this month. One of the most influential thinkers on the UK’s proposed system is health economist Mark Sculpher, director of the Programme on Economic Evaluation and Health Technology Assessment at the University of York. Kate Ravilious met with Sculpher to discuss the value of VBP.

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LIDAR networks could help track volcanic ash clouds

Environmental Research Web, 29 August 2012
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/50647

Volcanoes can cause havoc in the air as well as on the ground. Dust from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in spring 2010 shut down much of European airspace for days at a time. Meanwhile, the eruption of Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 suppressed global temperatures for two or three years. Observing how and where a volcanic ash cloud disperses is difficult, but a new study demonstrates how LIDAR (optical remote sensing) can complement satellite data and help to minimize the disruption that explosive volcanoes can cause.

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Weatherwatch: What is normal weather?

Weatherwatch: What is normal weather?

The Guardian, 19 August 2012
www.guardian.co.uk/news/2012/aug/19/weatherwatch-climate-drought-temperature

Kate Ravilious says perhaps it is no surprise that ‘normal’ is a little warmer than it used to be

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High speed rail could benefit California

Environmental Research Web, 26 July 2012
environmentalresearchweb.org/cws/article/news/50336

Another airport runway or a high-speed railway line slicing across the land? It is a debate that has been raging in the UK (a third runway at Heathrow versus a high-speed rail link up Britain’s west coast) and is under consideration in many other parts of the world. Governments must make tough decisions about which kind of transport systems to invest in to meet future needs.

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