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Small birds thriving after harsh winterGuardian Unlimited | 31 Mar 2011
Small birds have made a comeback this year after a dramatic decline in their numbers last spring, according to findings from the wildlife survey Big Garden Birdwatch. Experts feared the worst after last year's results, which showed that the coldest winter for 30 years, in 2009- 10, had been...
Weatherwatch: why the December freeze killed so many shrubs and treesGuardian Unlimited | 27 Mar 2011
A large number of shrubs and trees, some large and mature, appear to have died this winter. These losses are far greater than are usually seen even in Britain's coldest weather and will be a surprise to many gardeners. It seems the December cold snap is responsible. Research during the last century...
North Europe expects colder weather in April: WSIReuters | 21 Mar 2011
Most of Europe is likely to see colder-than-average weather in April, while May will bring higher temperatures than usual, U.S.-based Weather Services International said on Monday.
Catastrophe drill to test emergency servicesGuardian Unlimited | 07 Mar 2011
Exercise Watermark will involve 10,000 people from police to prison officers in testing emergency flood response. Flash floods will drown London and Yorkshire, a major reservoir will blow out in Derbyshire, rivers will burst their banks from the Thames valley to Wales and a tidal surge will swamp the east coast in the armageddon scenario underpinning Britain's biggest ever civil emergency exercise.
Extreme winter weather linked to climate changeReuters | 01 Mar 2011
This winter's heavy snowfalls and other extreme storms could well be related to increased moisture in the air due to global climate change, a panel of scientists said on Tuesday.
Greenhouse gases linked to floodsYahoo! News | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gases have increased the risk of flooding in the UK a groundbreaking report has claimed.
Floods linked to manmade climate change: studiesReuters | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall, two studies published found on Wednesday, portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world.
Signs of spring delayed by freezeGuardian Unlimited | 16 Feb 2011
Harsh winter in the UK means early signs of spring such as snowdrops and frogspawn are appearing later than normal. The harsh winter has delayed early signs of spring, from snowdrops to frogspawn, according to sightings by the UK public. But experts said the early hold-up caused by the bitterly cold December meant the rest of spring was likely to be "thundering" through in a rush in the coming months.
Floods linked to manmade climate change: studiesYahoo! News | 16 Feb 2011
Man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to more frequent heavy rainfall two studies published found on Wednesday portraying a clearer human fingerprint after a spate of floods around the world.
Better time travel will improve climate modellingGuardian Unlimited | 04 Feb 2011
Improving how time flows in weather and climate models means better results, and illustrates perfectly how science progresses. As you read these words, time is flowing smoothly, passing from one moment to the next with no breaks. Reassuring, isn't it? But in computer models of weather and climate,...
Weatherwatch: 'War winter' took it's toll on Britain's birdsGuardian Unlimited | 03 Feb 2011
Until the big freezes of 1946-47 and 1962-63, the coldest winter of the 20th century was the "war winter" of 1939-40. Unlike those other cold winters, though, the freeze relatively brief - a bitterly cold January was followed by a milder February and March. But the cold was still severe and widespread enough to have a devastating effect on Britain's birds. As in other cold winters, many birds migrated west and south to escape the effects of the ice and snow.
The cold sea ushers in that bracing Norfolk windGuardian Unlimited | 31 Jan 2011
February is the coldest month around the coasts of Britain because the sea temperature is at its lowest. Even so it is still much warmer than inland, particularly at night, keeping frost at bay. Last week the sea temperature was still 10C in Cornwall. The current that carries this warm water from...
Public belief in climate change weathers stormGuardian Unlimited | 31 Jan 2011
The public's belief in global warming as a man-made danger has weathered the storm of climate controversies and cold weather intact, according to a Guardian/ICM opinion poll published today. Asked if climate change was a current or imminent threat, 83% of Britons agreed, with just 14% saying global warming poses no threat.
Europe's freeze brings flocks of rare birds to UKGuardian Unlimited | 30 Jan 2011
The RSPB says people taking part in the world's biggest wildlife survey should look out for rare visitors in gardens and parks. The deep winter freeze across northern Europe and Russia has driven many exotic and unusual birds into Britain's back gardens on a weekend when more than half a million people are taking part in the world's biggest wildlife survey.
Potholes warning over funding cutsYahoo! News | 22 Jan 2011
Councils in England will struggle to repair potholes caused by extreme winter weather because of a £165 million shortfall in funding the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.