Category Archives: News and current affairs

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Climate change back in the spotlight

Few of you would have missed the news that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest Assessment Report. Only the Summary for Policy Makers has been released thus far, with the unedited version of the remainder of … Continue reading

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Calculating the probability of compound events: a risky proposition

The following is a guest post from Dr Michael Leonard, a research associate at the University of Adelaide. Hurricane Sandy in late October 2012 was widely noted to involve the alignment of a tropical storm with an extra tropical storm, … Continue reading

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2011: A busy year for global extremes

By all accounts, 2011 was a busy year for climate extremes. Readers from Australia will no doubt remember the year starting with extremely heavy rainfall drenching much of the state of Queensland, followed by the catastrophic flash floods in Toowoomba in the middle of … Continue reading

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A warm summer in the Arctic

It is around this time every year that I start obsessively checking the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) website to look at the latest measurements of Arctic sea ice. I have no idea why I do this – I’m … Continue reading

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