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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.


Why Tall Buildings Make Cities Hotter

The breezy dark corridors between a city’s tallest buildings seem like shady respites from the blistering summer sun. But it turns out those shadowy urban canyons are actually making your city more hell-like. NASA released some images today shot from the International Space Station which help to illustrate why.


Look At Where Antarctica Is Losing Ice Faster Than Ever

This image might look pretty, but it holds a glum message: it shows that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year. We already knew that Antarctica was melting, but this image — created by a team of scientists from the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling using data from CryoSat — shows exactly where it’s happening.


The Mysterious Disease Travelling Across The Pacific In The Wind

For decades, doctors have been unable to answer the most basic question about Kawasaki disease: what causes it — a virus, a chemical, a fungus? Whatever it is, it provokes mysterious swelling and rashes in infants. Doctors now think they have finally figured out what causes Kawasaki — thanks to an analysis of the wind.


A Street View Mashup Shows Your Suburb After Sea Levels Rise

Ever wondered what New York, London, Paris, Sydney or even your home town might look like when sea levels rise? World Under Water by Carbon Story uses Google’s Street View to do just that.


This Is The Simplest Explanation Of Climate Change You'll Ever See

Climate change is one of the most complex areas of scientific study out there, causing physicists, chemists and meteorologists alike to scratch their heads — so it’s understandable that the rest of us find it a little difficult to grasp. But this video is your best chance yet of understanding the topic.


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.