climate change
Russia Just Smashed Its Record for Hottest Winter

Russia is normally considered a bastion for cold. But it just experienced its warmest winter since records started some 130 years ago. And we can all blame climate change. Read More >>

environment
Default Coal and Wet Wood to be Banned from Sale

The planned ban on the most polluting types of home combustibles is actually going ahead, with the government set to outlaw the sale and burning of house coal and wet wood from 2021 or thereabouts. Read More >>

science
Uh Oh, Antarctica Just Set a New Heat Record

It’s positively balmy in Antarctica. The National Meteorological Service of Argentina announced on Twitter that its Esperanza weather station recorded a new high for the continent: 18.3 degrees Celsius. Read More >>

climate
2019 Was the Second-Hottest Year on Record

If you lived on Earth last year, you knew it was freaking hot. Now the scientists have confirmed it. In fact, 2019 was the second hottest year on record, according to data the European Copernicus Climate Change Service released Wednesday. Read More >>

energy
Eden Project Plans Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Cornwall's staggeringly popular Eden Project attraction has secured enough money to fund its geothermal energy ambitions, and is to begin drilling a 4.5km-deep hole in the ground in order to harness heat from the rocks below the domes to power itself – and perhaps local homes – using the ultimate in ground-source heating. Read More >>

science
Using a Fan in Hot and Dry Conditions Will Actually Make You Hotter

Electric fan fans are in for some bittersweet news. A new study out Monday suggests that while fans can help people cool down on hot and humid days, in hot and arid environments they may actually make you more uncomfortable – and may even be unsafe. Read More >>

health
Water Park Closes After Making Everyone Vomit

A water park in Leicestershire has been shut down while Public Health England investigates an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting experienced by visitors, with parents reporting their children being "violently sick" after larking about in the resort's half-acre of wet and wild fun last week. Read More >>

science
Hot Pavement is More Dangerous Than You Realise

Doctors at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are warning about a less-recognised danger of summer heat: pavement burns. Their recent study suggests that people in hot places can end up in the hospital with serious burn injuries caused by contact with sizzling pavement. Read More >>

animals
Thousands of Supermarket Chickens Killed by UK Heatwave

Thousands of chickens destined for the UK supermarkets died during last week's heatwave, as Tesco and Sainsbury's supplier Moy Park managed to let temperatures inside one of its poultry breeding facilities rise to deadly levels. Read More >>

how to
How To Keep Cool On The Tube (And Other Public Transport) During the Heatwave

This week is gearing up to be a very hot week. Not as bad as last year's hot summer, where just about all the plants died and air conditioners sold out, but still quite hot. Last year the weather caused outrage from the people of London who got reminded that one of the hottest and most important Underground lines (Central) won't be getting air conditioning until 2030. Read More >>

energy
Government Declares War on Grandma’s Coal Fire

There's something you need to know about coal before reading this in your gas-heated ivory bedsit. There are types of coal, like there are these little egg-shaped lumps of uniform coal that have been processed and, somehow, are allowed to be described as "smokeless" types because they burn cleaner. They're fine. They're safe and you can set them on fire all you like, as long as you do it on something metal and not on the carpet. What's about to be banned is the wrong type of coal. Read More >>

giz asks
Can You Get Ill From Air Conditioning?

At the peak of summer, when just walking to and from the corner store necessitates a shower and a change of clothes, air-conditioning can seem almost too good to be true. It is one of the few staples of modernity without severe and readily apparent downsides: all it does, or all it seems to do, is make things cooler, while generating a soft, lulling noise redolent of childhood afternoons spent indoors watching cartoons. What’s the catch? How exactly are these things slowly killing us, like every other good thing in the world? Read More >>

food
Cheese and Onion Crisps Added to Heatwave Shortage List

Farmers are warning that the hot weather has impacted the nation's onion harvest now as well as threatening the potato crop, so... Jesus Christ they might start running out of cheese and onion crisps. Read More >>

science
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Leave a Giant Parabolic Mirror in Your Car on a Sunny Day

We all know you shouldn’t leave pets, infants, or the elderly in your car on a sunny summer day. But giant parabolic mirrors also deserve a spot on that list, a lesson a teacher in residence at an American science museum learned the hard way last week when he accidentally melted his Subaru Outback’s interior. Read More >>

transport
Eurotunnel Turns Hoses on Dogs and Kids as Heat Breaks its Trains

Here's a classic bit of UK infrastructure news: the air conditioning on the Channel Tunnel trains isn't working very well because it's too hot. Hence thousands of angry people are hoovering up the mobile internet in the Folkestone area and complaining about massive delays in getting the family off to France. Read More >>