climate

Tornadoes Are 100 Times More Likely Than We Thought, But That's Good News

New research suggests that tornado outbreaks aren’t independent of each other, which in turn means they’re a staggering 100 times more likely than we thought. But that stormy grey cloud may just have a silver lining.


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 590kg (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. Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere.


New U.N. 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.


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.


A Company Wants To Monitor The Earth With 3D-Printed Sensor Tiles

Data can be boring and confusing, but not when it’s visualised right. That’s why a company called FABMOB is gathering atmospheric information and turning it into real-live 3D printed objects.


See How Climate Change Is Affecting Your Backyard With This Map

Climate change is a very real thing, but how is it affecting the area that you live in? Fortunately — or, perhaps, unfortunately — you can find out using this interactive map.


A Stunning Visualisation Of The Polar Vortex

There is no shortage of stunning photographs that record how the US was frozen solid earlier this month, but this animated GIF brings the big freeze to life in stunning technicolor.


Watch These Cute Soap Bubble Vortices Help Us Understand Deadly Storms

These swirling vortices look an awful lot like the satellite weather images we see every day. But in fact they’re the beautifully intricate surface of a soap bubble — which could help researchers understand the storms that threaten millions of lives every year.


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.


Could Fog Catchers Help Solve America's Drought Problem?

California’s running out of water. This year’s record-breaking drought — coming after two already dry years — has the state scrambling for the liquid stuff. Plans to seed clouds for extra snowfall are already in place. But do we really require storm clouds for water? Why not use fog?