Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.

Wilson Chan, PhD Researcher in Drought Risk, University of Reading • conversation
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

A tropical fish evolved to endure rising temperatures – but it may not be fast enough to survive climate change

Species can evolve to tolerate higher temperatures – but there's a ceiling beyond which adaptation isn't possible.

Rachael Morgan, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Ecophysiology, University of Glasgow • conversation
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Climate change: 2020 set to be one of the three warmest years on record

Provisional figures indicate that 2020 will be one of the hottest in a record dating back to 1850.

Dec. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Heatwaves are an invisible killer – and the UK is woefully unprepared

Extreme heat could kill 5,000 people each year in the UK by the 2050s.

Chloe Brimicombe, PhD Candidate in Climate Change and Health, University of Reading • conversation
Aug. 20, 2020 ~6 min

Heatwaves often end with spectacular thunderstorms and lethal floods – but where and when they'll strike is hard to predict

Volatile, unstable air means that it is very tricky to work out exactly where each thunderstorm will be.

Hannah Cloke, Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading • conversation
Aug. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Heatwaves don't just give you sunburn – they can harm your mental health too

Heatwaves are here to stay, and they aren't all sun and games.

Harriet Ingle, Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~6 min

Days with both extreme heat and extreme air pollution are becoming more common – which can't be a good thing for global health

In South Asia, days with both extreme heat and extreme pollution are expected to increase 175% by 2050. Separately, the health effects are bad; together they will likely be worse.

Xiaohui Xu, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Texas A&M University • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

Missing Roman forts and roads revealed by drought

Researchers say aerial photographs taken during a heatwave identify Roman forts and roads in Wales.

By George Herd • bbcnews
June 7, 2020 ~5 min

Heatwaves can kill – research uncovers the homes most vulnerable to overheating

Poverty and inequality affect the likelihood of your home overheating during heatwaves.

Stefan Bouzarovski, Professor of Human Geography, University of Manchester • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~8 min

Coral reefs that glow bright neon during bleaching offer hope for recovery – new study

While most corals turn ghostly white when they bleach, some turn neon purple. Scientists were baffled – until now.

Cecilia D'Angelo, Senior Research Fellow, Coral Reef Laboratory, University of Southampton • conversation
May 21, 2020 ~7 min