The imminent* calving of a 6,000 square-kilometre chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has caused a buzz of interest in the global media, with University of Leeds’ Dr Anna Hogg widely quoted. The story of the “giant ‘white wanderer’ poised to break free” was covered by Jonathan Amos for the BBC (5 July), with…
What’s the link between the ocean floor and climate change? The question was put by BBC Radio Leeds presenter Keeley Donovan to Dr Christian Maerz, Principal Investigator for the ChAOS (Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor) project, who admitted the connection wasn’t an obvious one. “The ocean floor is the ultimate burial ground for carbon, if you…
Piers Forster writes about how a classic paper published in the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences  laid the foundations of modern climate models in a Nature News and Views piece, published today. Describing the 1967 paper by Syukuro Manabe and Richard Wetherald as “arguably the greatest climate science paper of all time”, Prof Forster says…
Scientists have shown there is at least 9% more forest cover across the globe than was previously assumed. By using very high resolution satellite imagery available through the Google Earth, they found an additional 467 million hectares of forest in the world’s drylands – arid areas that cover 42% of the Earth’s land surface. A…