January 2014

Solar panels

A quiet revolution is taking hold of the UK as the solar power industry appears to have installed its 500,000th set of panels in the UK in recent days, in a move that marks a major milestone for the burgeoning sector. According to figures by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 499,687 solar schemes had been installed by 5 January under the feed-in tariff scheme that supports solar arrays with

Despite the US cold snap, NASA Finds 2013 Sustained Long-Term Climate Warming Trend

Despite the recent cold snap in the US, NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005 ranking as the warmest years on record. NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New

Signs of early spring after a mild winter in the UK

An extremely mild winter has led to signs of an early spring sprouting across the UK, from snowdrops and hazel flowering to sightings of ladybirds and butterflies. This winter has been unusually mild, with the Met Office confirming December as the third warmest on record. The average temperature for the month was 8.7C, compared to an average of 6.7C over the years 1981-2010. January so far has continued the mild weather, with temperatures reaching

Extreme weather - while US freezes, UK floods and Australia swelters, climate change deniers in denial

January 2014 has seen some remarkable and contrasting weather across the world. In Australia, 2013 will go down as the hottest ever – Australia saw hottest year on record in 2013 – and 2014 started with record temperatures in Western Australia – Temperatures climb towards 50s as heatwave grips Western Australia. In the UK, flooding has affected much of the South East and South East and flood warnings have been issued for the