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Heat in cities – the health impacts of a changing climate

Health is already impacted by the weather, with heat in particular causing heat-related illnesses, exacerbating existing heath conditions and excess deaths. In a changing climate, these impacts can be expected to increase. Urban areas are particularly vulnerable to changes in … Continue reading

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Climate change and health

Climate change affects our daily lives. The climate influences the type of food we grow and eat; water availability; the way we cool our homes; and deciding where to build new accommodation for a growing and moving population. Cross-cutting all … Continue reading

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What’s driving the UK weather this January?

Weather headlines have been in demand in recent weeks, with a recent deep freeze in North America taking wind-chill temperatures as low as -48°C and much of Europe seeing in the new year with record-breaking mild weather for at least … Continue reading

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Cold December concludes warmest year on record for UK 

NOTE: This blog has been updated on 3 January to include the full provisional statistics for December 2022. A cold December bucked the trend of 2022 and ended the year as the only month which saw below-average temperatures, according to … Continue reading

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Reflection of a sustainable ‘grand oasis’ in space

Met Office scientist Nick Dunstone reflects on the latest ‘Earthrise’ image captured recently by Artemis 1 and how our climate has changed in the 54 years since Apollo 8 took the original iconic photo. “Oh my God! Look at that … Continue reading

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Improving habitat resilience in Devon

Devon has long supported a rich diversity of important habitats and species. However, many of these habitats have experienced significant declines in recent years. Much of the Devon landscape has been simplified as a result of the focus on commercial … Continue reading

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International collaboration ‘vital’ for space weather scientists

The borderless potential impacts of space weather means international collaboration is ‘vital’, according to Kate Brand, National Manager of the Australian Space Weather Forecasting Centre. Kate’s team has been on a tour of space weather forecasting centres in the Northern … Continue reading

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Winter outlook in the media

Today, the Mail on Sunday has run a front-page story saying that government insiders have ‘accused the Met Office of failing to predict the severity of our latest big freeze’. Simply, this is just not true – the potential for … Continue reading

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Changing climate: Changing wildlife

Delegates at the COP15 biodiversity summit in Montreal currently are grappling with ways to stem the global decline in wildlife and to slow the rate of species’ extinction. Ahead of the summit, Environment Secretary Thérèse Coffey indicated the ‘vital’ need … Continue reading

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Colder weather on the way

With the weather turning colder from this weekend onwards there is increased interest in the chances of snow.  However, there are still some uncertainties in the forecast, with models differing on whether we will see air from the north or … Continue reading

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