Category Archives: Volcanoes

Double, double, toil and trouble

By Geoff Wadge Iceland has been forcing itself on our consciousness in recent years, culminating recently in the humiliation of the English football team. There may be another unpleasant surprise up Iceland’s sleeve. Since 2010 there have been three volcanic … Continue reading

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Volcanoes as rain magnets

By Geoff Wadge When we have a very large volcanic eruption (as for example Mt Pinatubo in 1991) it gets global news coverage, not least because of its potential to perturb the climate. Whether smaller eruptions get widely noticed usually … Continue reading

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Has global warming taken a holiday?

By Richard Allan Observations covering the past few decades have shown a decline in the rate at which the Earth’s surface has been warming (see Figure 1). Yet recent research involving the University of Reading, the Met Office and NASA … Continue reading

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Floods, Famine, Frosts … and Frankenstein

By Nicholas Klingaman No one who lived through the extreme climate of 1816 understood what caused the months of seemingly endless rain in Europe, the June snowstorms in New England or the severe drought in the eastern U.S. that convinced … Continue reading

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Artificially cooling the planet could cause climate chaos

Plans to reverse the effects of global warming by injecting reflective particles into the stratosphere which would mimic the impact of large, tropical volcanic eruptions could have a catastrophic impact on some of the most fragile ecosystems on earth, according … Continue reading

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From ashes to flashes

Volcanoes are responsible for some the most spectacular displays of lightning on the planet. However, the exact mechanisms behind volcanic lightning, and why some volcanoes generate more lightning than others, are a mystery. In a recently published scientific paper featured in … Continue reading

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