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

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

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

The age of stability is over, and coronavirus is just the beginning

The pandemic has exposed how vulnerable we are to unexpected climate shocks.

Wolfgang Knorr, Senior Research Scientist, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~5 min