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A warm 2023 causes plants to flower throughout winter

Small flower blossoms emerging from a snowy ground

What’s going on here? Have you noticed more flowers blooming through winter? Data from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland shows that 2024 has seen more flowering plants than usual, thanks to unusually high temperatures in 2023. What does this mean? The 2024 Hunt ran from December 30th 2023 to the 2nd of January, and the results have just been released…

Melting Arctic reveals “zombie viruses” that could trigger another pandemic

A frozen scene of snow covered hills and icy sea, in low light with a moon just visible against the pink sky

What’s going on here? Scientists have warned that melting permafrost in Siberia, northern Russia, could unleash ancient viruses and trigger another pandemic. These “zombie viruses”, also known as Methuselah microbes, have been frozen for thousands of years but could still have the potential to infect humans. What does this mean? As the name suggests, permafrost is frozen the majority of the time.…

El Niño is coming into the 2024 season like a wrecking ball. 

Snow covered ski lift chairs

What is going on here?  Snowfall in North America has been dismal this year with ski resorts across the U.S. and Canada experiencing continued warm weather, dry spells, and odd rain patterns – resulting in horrendous conditions for those who enjoy winter sports or were hoping for a white Christmas.  What does this mean?  The lack of winter weather isn’t just impacting…

COP28 roundup: the promising, the cringe and the downright scary

Placard saying "one world" with picture of the globe

What’s going on here? The 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28 to its friends) has published its long-awaited and much-anticipated deal. After nearly a fortnight of talks, gaffes and disappointments, governments have agreed to “transition away” from fossil fuels. What does this mean? COP28 was hosted in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Its aim was to agree a new climate action…