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The Coldest Ground-Level Temp Ever Recorded On Earth Was -89.2C

It looks like winter has already arrived for much of the US, but at least it’s not -89.2C. That’s the coldest temperature ever recorded by humans at ground level on this planet.


Climate Change Could Mean A Lot More Lightning Strikes 

Add lightning to the list of dangers climate change will likely magnify. A new study projects that a warmer climate could mean 50 per cent more lightning strikes in the US in the coming decades.


Don't Panic: The Ozone Hole's Holding Steady

Despite research suggesting that the ozone layer is still being chewed apart, NASA’s most recent study of the Antarctic ozone hole reveals it isn’t getting any larger.


Earth Has Been Getting Warmer Way Faster Than We Thought

We know that the planet is getting warmer — but it turns out that it’s happening faster than we thought. Turns out scientists have been underestimating warming increases because of inaccurate temperature recordings taken in the southern oceans.


Atmospheric CO2 Increases Have Hit A 30-Year High

Don’t panic (you should panic), but the rate at which the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere are rising just hit a 30-year high. If rates don’t slow down, we’ll soon breach the levels that experts claim are safe.


There Are Huge Plumes Of Methane Leaking From The Atlantic Floor

Methane can come from all kinds of places. But now a team of researchers has discovered over 500 bubbling methane vents just off the east coast of the US that are releasing the gas too.


The Earth's Ozone Layer Is Still Being Chewed Apart

If you thought that the depletion of the ozone layer was a problems of the ’90s, think again: according to new NASA research, the Earth’s atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of ozone-depleting chemical, decades after it was banned worldwide.


Things Are Bad When A Climate Scientist Publicly States 'We're F**ked'

It’s one thing to note the unusually hot weather we’ve been having and then slather on some suncream. But when a climate expert unceremoniously concedes that the planet is “f**ked”, it’s probably time to get seriously worried.


Even A Small Nuclear Showdown Would Mean Worldwide Disaster

In these decades after the Cold War, “nuclear winter” is an idea that can feel as remote as science fiction. But using state-of-the-art climate models, scientists have calculated exactly what nuclear winter will look like after even a small, regional conflict. Boy is it bad.


How Quantum Mechanics Explains Global Warming

We all know that carbon dioxide is contributing to the warming of our planet, but… how, exactly? In this video, Lieven Scheire explains how quantum mechanics holds the answer.