Do Cow Farts Actually Contribute to Global Warming?

There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 590-kilo (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See Why Beans Make You Fart) Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere. Read More >>

New UN Climate Report: We're all Doomed

A new report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that global temperature rises will likely be "severe, pervasive, and irreversible" in coming years. In other words, we're all doomed. Read More >>

What Sunsets Painted Centuries Ago Reveal About Global Air Pollution

Dramatic sunsets are undeniably gorgeous, but they portend something ominous: millions of fine particles polluting the air. Researchers are now studying sunsets painted over the past 500 years to find clues to how our air got dirtier after the Industrial Revolution. Read More >>

The World's Biggest Global Warming Offenders, Visualised

New calculations show that the US, China, Russia, Brazil, India, Germany and the UK were responsible for more than 60 per cent of global warming between 1906 and 2005. Here, those numbers are visualised so it's plain for all to see. Read More >>

Can Bad Weather Actually Cause Joint Ache?

You might have heard grandma or grandpa predicting a storm because they "could feel it in their bones" and when a storm hit you probably thought they'd just cheated by looking at BBC weather. Turns out, their joints probably do get a little achy when it's about to rain. Read More >>

China Plans to Fight its Smog With Artificial Rain

China has an awful smog problem, which means its cities smell, are difficult places to breathe in, and, in the most unfortunate extreme, give children cancer. But its authorities hope that it may have found a solution, in the form of artificial rain. Read More >>

The Earth's Winds, Visualised in Glorious Detail

This colourful map might look fun, but it's seriously useful too. The result of NASA research, it's one of the most detailed simulations of the Earth's winds yet. Read More >>

This Is What the Hottest Place on Earth Looks Like

You're looking at a satellite image of the Dasht-e Lut salt desert in southeast Iran. If you think it looks a bit weird, that' because it is: it's widely regarded as the hottest place on Earth. Read More >>

How Much Global Warming Will Happen Before You Kick the Bucket?

On Friday the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change put its collective foot down about global warming. Its happening and its our fault. But as with any issue that affects all of humanity, the most important question is what's gonna happen to you? Will you have to give up air conditioning? Read More >>

Landmark UN Report Blames Humans For Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has this morning a landmark report which places the blame for climate change squarely at the feet of humankind. Read More >>

The North Pole is Frozen Again

Brace yourselves, Winter is coming. A piece of breaking semi-climate change related news has come out of the Arctic. The North Pole no longer looks like a lake as it did a week ago. It's frozen now, just as it's supposed to be. Read More >>

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NASA's Beautiful Climate Picture Makes You Forget Extreme Weather Is Possible

The world is utterly beautiful, especially when seen through the lens of picture of global aerosols — the solid and liquid particles that float around in our atmosphere. Read More >>

Why There's More to Rising Sea Levels Than Melting Ice

Most simple explanations of climate change suggest that rising sea levels are a result of melting ice in the polar regions. While that's true to an extent, there's a simple piece of physics behind the rising waters that you might not have been made aware of. This video helps explain why it's thermal expansion that's the real problem—now we just need to work out how to stop it. [YouTube] Read More >>

Extreme Weather Linked to Man-Made Climate Change, Claim Scientists

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events has had meteorologists scratching their heads for a long time, unsure whether they could be firmly attributed to man-made climate change or not. Now, a study by a global team of scientists suggests that we can be squarely blamed in many cases. Read More >>

Dinosaur Flatulence Caused Jurassic Climate Change

A lot of dinosaurs were big eating machines. Now, scientists have calculated how much gas they would have expelled as a result of their digestion—and the quantities they produced probably meant that they warmed their own climate through letting rip. Read More >>

Turns Out Some Glaciers Are Actually Getting Bigger

In one corner of the world, there is more ice today than there was 10 years ago. New satellite data shows that the glaciers in the Karakoram have grown slightly over the last decade, bucking the global trend. We don't know why it has happened - but it's important to keep it in perspective. Read More >>


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