Archive for the ‘Climate Change’ Category

Recent changes in Africa rainfall

By Richard Allan Changing rainfall can have profound societal consequences across Africa where it plays a crucial role in sustaining livelihoods and economic development. Predicting how rainfall patterns will alter as the planet warms in response to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is therefore of great importance; for this both observations and simulations are vital. A new […]

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Complexity of surface temperatures in cities – let’s talk about what we don’t know

By Simone Kotthaus With summer upon us we want to spend more time outdoors. However, as temperatures rise, conditions in cities may become uncomfortable. The urban heat island (UHI) effect, whereby cities are warmer than their surroundings, may exacerbate the higher temperatures. This UHI is amongst the best known phenomena of climate conditions in cities. […]

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Spilling the beans on climate change

By Hannah Parker Geography students studying ‘Resilience for Sustainable Development’ had a change from their normal lecture format recently, and instead played a game. This wasn’t just for fun though, as ‘serious gaming’ is becoming a popular way of sharing complex information with a range of potential users and giving them opportunity to discuss its […]

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The end of the rainbow … an open letter to the climate science community

An open letter to the climate science community By Ed Hawkins, Doug McNeall, David Stephenson, Jonny Williams & Dave Carlson Dear colleagues, This is a heartfelt plea. A plea to you all to help rid climate science of colour scales that can distort, mislead and confuse. Colour scales that are often illegible to those who are […]

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The ozone layer shows first signs of recovery, but …

By Michaela I. Hegglin Just over two weeks ago, the United Nations (UN) held a press conference in New York to announce the release of the Assessment for Decision Makers (ADM), a summary document of the WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014. The report is the work of a UN panel of 300 scientists from […]

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