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Child of the Pacific – a Very Short Introduction to El Niño

James A King In these changing times, the once-niche field of climate science enjoys a lot of public visibility and media exposure. Most people will therefore be familiar with concepts such as the greenhouse effect, global warming, and the hole... Continue Reading →

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Chaos – why the weatherman can never be (exactly) right

Matt Brown Chaos is a fundamental feature of many physical systems – the atmosphere primary among them – that places a strict limit on the predictability of those systems. For the atmosphere this has obvious consequences, namely that we cannot... Continue Reading →

Why, exactly, is carbon dioxide such a big deal?

Matt Brown We’re all taught that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and therefore the cause of our climate change woes, but the physics behind this rarely gets mentioned, which is a shame considering its remarkable simplicity. Simple enough, even,... Continue Reading →

The Ozone hole. What is it and is it getting bigger or smaller, or what?

Rebecca Smith What is ozone? Ozone (O3) is a molecule made up of three oxygen atoms1. The atmosphere contains around 3 billion metric tonnes of ozone, equating to 0.00006% of the total atmospheric mass and it is formed as a... Continue Reading →

Why climate change is turning me into a glass half-empty person

Kaja Fenn Inspired by Ricky’s blog (see here) I decided to watch the National Geographic documentary “Before the Flood”. There has been quite a lot of hype around the film, so what better way to spend the night of the... Continue Reading →

“Before the Flood”: Could it inspire a species to change?

Ritwika Sengupta The latest climate change related documentary ‘Before the Flood’ by Leonardo DiCaprio in partnership with National Geographic is now available to watch on YouTube. DiCaprio has been an environmental and animal rights activist for over a decade. He... Continue Reading →

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