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March 2014

New ozone-destroying chemicals found in atmosphere: Professor William Collins (Meteorology) provides comment in the Observer

UK floods: Channel 4’s primetime documentary on the UK floods feature interviews with Hannah Cloke, Rob Thompson, and Sir Brian Hoskins – explaining the origins of the ‘storm factory’ and its impact on Britain’s rivers (see attached picture). The Floods that Foiled New Year, C4 9pm Thursday, and Channel 4 (on demand).

Climate scepticism: Nigel Lawson’s climate-sceptic think-tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation, publishes report that agrees the planet could warm by 3 degrees by the 2080 – focusing on research by Met’s Jonathan Gregory. Ed Hawkins provides comment to BBC News (online) and The Times – also featured in the Guardian.

Uni confirm wettest February on record p23 Weather experts have confirmed Reading officially endured its wettest ever February this year. Graph supplied by Dr Roger Brugge from UoR Dept of Meteotology. Reading Chronicle

Double flood trouble for Europe in the next 40 years – Dr Hannah Cloke provides comment for the New Scientist

Wettest February Dr Roger Brugge provides a weather update for the Reading Post


February 2014

Weather satellite: Prof Robert Gurney, Head of Space@Reading, interviewed about role of a new satellite which will measure global rainfall. Sky News

Climate change: Professors Keith Shine and Sir Brian Hoskins contribute to Royal Society/NAS report on the state of the science around climate change. The Guardian 

Winter deaths: Dr Ben Neuman comments on a study that says global warming will not reduce the number of winter deaths The Times

Risk and uncertainty: Calculating the Thames Barrier’s future: Prof Nigel Arnell provides comment for Carbon Brief

Turbulence causes injury on US flight – Dr Paul Williams is quoted on NBC website and Daily Telegraph

Turbulence causes injury on US flight – Dr Paul Williams is interviewed by CNN about his research that found climate change will increase turbulence

Flooding  Professor Andrew Wade provides comment for the Financial Times

Met office science chief attacked for climate claim – Dr Paul Williams stands by Dame Julia Slingo’s comments ‘climate change has increased the probability of this kind of event’ The Times

Flooding Comment
Climate change means we won't in future be able to engineer our way out of flooding, Hannah Cloke in the Guardian
Climate change means we will have to get used to flooding, Nigel Arnell in the Independent and on ‘Have Your Say’, BBC Radio Five Live Breakfast
Storms Pete Inness appears on Sky News (see attached) and Al Jazeera
Global warming pause Professor Richard Allan says ‘Pacific trade wins are temporarily masking the effects of man-made global warming’ Chicago Tribune, Tasmanian Times

Flooding coverage Dr Hannah Cloke says ‘it’s crazy’ that frontline staff being cut are the experts on flood risk management Guardian and that ‘Ministers’ continuing kneejerk reaction is worrying’ in the Independent and the Times online

Storm coverage Dr Adrian Champion on Sky News and ITN News, Dr Pete Inness ITN News

Flooding coverage, dredging? Dr Hannah Cloke on Today Programme (1hr 19mins in),and says ‘shows short-term politics has trumped long-term scientific and economic evidence’ in the  Guardian, Times, Metro

Global warming pause Professor Richard Allan says ‘Pacific trade wins are temporarily masking the effects of man-made global warming’ through Reuters, Globe and Mail (Canada), Financial Times, and other national and international media

Storm factory: Dr Rob Thompson (Met) tells Sky News that climate change could cause more heavy rain events in Britain in the future. (see attached picture). Dr Andrew Barrett’s comments to the Guardian are used by The Week.

Flooding coverage: ‘The World of Bullshit’ feature on satirical news review programme ‘Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe’ features Sky News coverage of the Somerset Floods, including Nathaniel Storey’s (Bio Sciences) work to identify bacteria found in the floodwater. BBC Two (iPlayer)

Flood defences: Dr Hannah Cloke (AGES) says David Cameron is misguided to suggest dredging can solve flooding problems and says long-term solutions are needed. Featured on BBC One 10 o’clock news (7 mins in), The Sun.

UK storm: Dr Rob Thompson says the ‘storm factory’ in the Atlantic which is peppering Britain with bad weather shows no sign of going out of business. The Sun, GetReading. (Dr Thompson also due to appear on Sky News for live interview today at 1230). Dr Roger Brugge (Met) spoke to local radio station Reading 107FM.

Climate change: Prof Richard Allan (Met) says climate change is set to cause more weather extremes in the future. BBC World News (see attached picture) and Channel 4 News – which also features stats from Dr Roger Brugge (Met).

Water resources: In a masterfully understated comment, Prof Nigel Arnell (Walker) tells BBC News Magazine: “I think you can rule out hosepipe bans for 2014”.

Somerset flooding: Hannah Cloke (AGES) quoted in Independent on Sunday story about building on floodplains.


January 2014

The ‘storm factory’: With record-breaking rainfall in January, Dr Andrew Barrett (Met) explained what was causing Britain’s wet winter. The Times (front page), The Sun, Financial Times, BBC 5 Live, and interviews for BBC local radio stations in Coventry, Shropshire, Derby, Somerset, West Midlands, Northampton, Hereford & Worcs, and Berkshire. Dr Roger Brugge provides comment for Reading Post, and Reading 107FM.

Flooding prevention: Dr Hannah Cloke (Met/AGES) comments on options for flood prevention measures for main BBC 10 o’clock news (still image attached), Channel 4 News, The Guardian, the Press Association (used by 60 media outlets), Gulf News.

Somerset flooding: Dr Hannah Cloke (AGES/Met) comments via the Science Media Centre, refuting claims by Prime Minister David Cameron that dredging rivers will provide long-term flood relief for the Somerset Levels (Cloke: PM’s assertion is “not backed up by evidence”). The Guardian

Another Ice Age? Mike Lockwood estimates that we have up to a one-in-five chance of being in Maunder Minimum conditions 40 years from now. Huffington Post

Worsening El Nino Professor Eric Guilyardi (Met) comments on Nature Climate Change paper – ‘Unchecked global warming 'will double extreme El Niño weather events'’ Malaysia Star

Climate change: More international coverage of work by Robson, Sutton and Hawkins (Met) on changes to ocean currents bringing drier UK summers – via agency UPI.

Flooding research Over development is more to blame for recent flooding then climate change, Daily Mail

Climate change: Atlantic current decline could be good news for the British summer – University of Reading/NCAS research  in Guardian on ITV London Tonight and BBC Radio Berkshire

El Nino: Professor Eric Guilyardi (Met) comments on Nature Climate Change paper – ‘Unchecked global warming 'will double extreme El Niño weather events'’ The Hindu

Climate change: Atlantic current decline could be good news for the British summer – University of Reading/NCAS research in the Sun on Sunday, Daily Mail and Telegraph

Professor Eric Guilyardi (Met) comments on Nature Climate Change paper – ‘Unchecked global warming 'will double extreme El Niño weather events'’ http://rdg.ac/1h82weS

Sleepy sun: The sun has gone to sleep, scientists say. Prof Mike Lockwood (Met) talks about declining sun activity – and its possible effects on Europe’s winter climate – on BBC Two’s Newsnight. Also featured in a clip on BBC News online.

Wild weather: Prof Ted Shepherd provides comment for the Metro’s ‘In Focus’ feature – the paper’s main news feature (The Metro) – while Prof Richard Allan’s research on ‘atmospheric rivers’ suggesting there could more heavy rainfall in the UK in future is featured by the Weatherwatch column (in print and online) in the Guardian.

River flooding: Dr Hannah Cloke (Geog/Met) tells Tony Blackburn’s BBC Radio Berkshire audience why the Thames is flooding – and what we can do to reduce the risks to people and property. BBC iPlayer (from 1:07.30s). She also spoke to the Guardian about how to protect a home from flooding

Slow solar winds: Meteorology research mentioned in New Scientist

Science ‘green hush’: Prof Rowan Sutton (Met) discusses whether climate scientists are reluctant to speak up about the effects of climate change because of the politicisation of the science. Today Programme (BBC R4)

Weather forecasts: Andrew Charlton-Perez appears on BBC Four documentary, explaining chaos theory, to mark 60th anniversary of the first TV weather forecast. First aired Weds – repeated this weekend and available on BBC iPlayer (starts playing at Andrew’s appearance)

Japan Today, Times of India, Oman Today  - artificially cooling planet would cause climate chaos, say Reading researchers
New Scientist - slowdown in solar activity has given us the first real clue about a period of dramatic solar behaviour 350 years ago say Reading researchers
Guardian, BBC Online, IndependentArtificially cooling planet would cause climate chaos, say Reading researchers

BBC Radio Berkshire, ITV Meridian, Reading Post – Dr Roger Brugge discusses the causes of the extreme weather and whether it’s set to continue

Weather: Dr Roger Brugge (Meteorology) has provided commentary on the poor weather conditions to the Reading Post and Reading Chronicle across the festive period.

Professor Slingo's honour was reported across the national papers - mentions of Reading were in: BBC Devon, BBC News Online, Reading Post

Storms (3 January): Dr Roger Brugge (Met) was quoted in Guardian Online story on the science behind the current storms, and local reports in the Reading Post

(4 January): Professor Nigel Arnell (Walker/Met) was interviewed live on Sky News (12.30) about the current storms.


December 2013

Global ‘cooling’: Canadian climate sceptic blogger Lawrence Solomon quotes a BBC story, mentioning Mike Lockwood’s (Met) research, as evidence that scientists are changing their mind on climate change. Huffington Post

Climate science: Keith Shine (Met), who was part of a Royal Society group of climate scientists who met Nigel Lawson and his climate change sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, is co-signatory of a letter responding to a Christopher Booker opinion piece. Sunday Telegraph


November 2013

Climate change: The ‘slowdown’ in global warming might not be as severe as expected, according to a new analysis of the temperature record from the past 15 years. Ed Hawkins and Richard Allan provide comment. The Independent, Carbon Brief

Decline in solar activity could bring temporary relief from global warming: Don’t expect a little ice age says Professor Mike Lockwood (Meteorology) - Japan Times, Winnipeg Free Press

BBC Online: Cold winter weather warning could help wind campaigners – Interview with Prof Mike Lockwood http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24810332

BBC - Solar activity: Regional weatherman Paul Hudson writes a new blog following up on a programme in which he interviewed Reading’s Mike Lockwood. BBC Weather

Mail on Sunday Dr Ed Hawkins quoted in piece about global warming ‘pause’ http://rdg.ac/HBztVb

Little ice age: Prof Mike Lockwood (Met) writes for the Carbon Brief with a blog outlining the real facts behind the so-called ‘little ice age’ (it wasn’t an ice age) following previous misrepresentation of his research by BBC. Carbon Brief


October 2013

Storms in the future: continued coverage of storm. Richard Allan interviewed live on radio, and Len Shaffrey tells ITV Meridian that climate change could lead to fewer, but more destructive, storms in decades ahead. ITV Meridian, BBC 5Live

Climate science: Mike Lockwood quoted in report by regional BBC weatherman Paul Hudson on research into links between solar output and regional climate. The BBC’s reporting, and related coverage, was criticised by scientists and bloggers. Inside Out (BBC Yorks), BBC Weather Blog, Daily Express, The Climate Brief

UK storm: Two packages featuring Reading’s meteorology field trip to the Dorset coast at the weekend – including interviews with Dr Rob Thompson and Dr Christopher. Media coverage: Sky News (hourly bulletins 5pm to 10pm) and Channel 4 News (Sunday)

Interviews with Dr Andrew Barrett and Dr Peter Inness on the likely storm impact. Media coverage: Sky News – followed up by TalkSport, City TalkFM and Downtown Radio Belfast

Ozone hole: Ozone loss in the southern hemisphere led to warmer temperatures in South Africa. Prof Ted Shepherd (Met) provides comment. Media coverage: Nature News

Nature: Ozone loss warmed southern Africa. Professor Ted Shepherd quoted http://www.nature.com/news/ozone-loss-warmed-southern-africa-1.13938

Huffington Post: Climate Change Will Bring Conditions Outside Historical Variability In Coming Decades. Ed Hawkins (Met) provides comment on new Nature paper on climate change. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/09/climate-change-study_n_4072672.html

September 2013

Reading's climate experts provide media and public with analysis of UN report into climate change


BBC Newsnight:

Ahead of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting, University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins says climate change is still very real.


August 2013


Arctic sea-ice

BBC Radio Berkshire (10/9/13)
Dr Jonny Day (Met) discussion on the rate of summer Arctic ice melting - interview with Ann Diamond.

The Times
Arctic ice revival warms bears and startles scientists, p.9
An extra million square mile of ice has formed this year, surprising most scientists. Meteorology’s Dr Ed Hawkins said: “This year the ice bounced back. [although] it will be smaller than any year before 2006.”

Mail on Sunday
And now it's global COOLING! Record return of Arctic ice cap as it grows by 60% in a year
Ed Hawkins (Met) defends climate science in light of reduction of Arctic ice melt, compared to last year’s record ice low.

Arctic sea ice delusions strike the Mail on Sunday and Telegraph
Dr Ed Hawkins quoted



Get Reading

Environment minister praises "fantastic" climate change research at Reading University


The Conversation
Shale gas is a necessary part of the renewables recipe


July 2013

The Independent
Long to rain over us: Welcome to the new age of flooding, p1 & pp6-7

University of Reading meteorology research on ‘atmospheric rivers’ featured in Independent.

The Guardian
Why does it hail at the peak of a heatwave?
Pete Inness (Met) provides expert answers and puts the summer weather in perspective for Guardian readers with this great quote: “We’re not jumping up and down and saying, ‘Yeah, 2013, isn’t it amazing?’”

Lots of coverage on the recent slowdown in global temperature rise

Daily Telegraph/Independent/Financial Times/BBC Online/Guardian/Zee News (India)
Global warming is on hold, says Met Office
Reports on the SMC briefing on climate change hiatus, quoting Professor Rowan Sutton (Met).

Daily Mail online
Global warming has 'paused' because of natural causes but will continue to rise, warn scientists
Dr Richard Allan (Met) comments – computer models for how the climate could change have not predicted the current slow-down


US Senate Environment and Public Works committee hearing: ‘Climate Change: It’s Happening Now’
Research by Dr Ed Hawkins (Met) mentioned in US Senate hearing on climate change. Video from 3hr 27min:

BBC Radio Five Live Drive
Professor Janet Barlow discusses urban heat islands and how we must adapt our cities for future heatwaves with Peter Allan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0375pj0 (begins 1hr 25mins in)


BBC Online/BBC London TV
Tower blocks 'hottest place in UK'
Professor Li Shao explains why tower blocks get so hot in a heatwave.


Daily Express/Independent/ITV website
Heatwave to trigger floods as downpours set to bring an end to dry spell
Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes says we are 2-3 weeks away from a hosepipe ban




Irish Times
Sun’s bizarre activity may trigger another ice age
Mike Lockwood research quoted


Using worm poo to understand past climate

BBC Online
Worm poo's window into past climate
A study by University of Reading researchers shows earthworms allow scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.

Daily Mail, Times of India, Zimbabwe Star
The key to predicting climate change? Just study the temperature of earthworm poo, say scientists
A study by University of Reading researchers shows earthworms allow scientists to piece together the prevailing weather conditions thousands of years ago.

Science News Online
Earthworms Could Help Scientists 'Dig' into Past Climates



Green deal

Daily Mail, Business Green
OAPs 'could die in Green Deal homes': Energy saving scheme could leave homes dangerously overheated
Prof Li Shao is joint author of a study that’s found that heat was likely to have a ‘significantly greater’ impact on the elderly or infirm who were more likely to be at home during the warmest daytime hours.



New Scientist
Sun's cosmic ray shadow is solar storm predictor
Mathew Owens provides comment on a new study examining the effect of the sun’s cosmic ray shadow

Reading Chronicle p4
Sun’s out – but will our summers be wetter or more balmy in the years to come? Dr Roger Brugge argues that he and his colleagues shouldn’t always be blamed when it rains

Reading Chronicle p8
Climate expert slams changes to curriculum , Dr John Oversby says this will leave teachers with the feeling of having to cope.

BBC Radio Berkshire
Today 11am-12pm – Dr Thorwald Stein (Meteorology) talks to Tony Blackburn about citizen science


June 2013


Climate change activity day for schools (Institute of Education) - June 2013

Read press release>>


BBC World Service
Geoff Griffiths interviewed about research on palm oil plantations in Liberia


May 2103

Business Green: Businesses hail plans for energy efficiency payments

... news is also likely to be welcomed by demand response companies such as Kiwi Power, which yesterday published new research with Reading University that concluded the ability for commercial and industrial businesses to turn down non-essential services, such as heating, air conditioning, lighting and cold storage could play ...


February 2013

Dr Richard Allan Letter in Popular Astronomy "Climate Change - The Facts"


Dr Richard Allan , reader in climate science at the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology, appeared on Channel 4 documentary 'The Year Britain Flooded', which aired at 9pm on 12 February 2013.

Watch the programme here >>>
(available on 4oD until 14 March 2013)


January 2013

Green deal

On the day the Government launches its controversial Green Deal Professor Tim Dixon, from the University of Reading's School of Construction Management and Engineering, provides comment for the Guardian's live blog  (control f 'dixon')


New research highlights global warming threat to food supplies

New research by Dr Ed Hawkins.

Read press release>>

Media coverage: Guardian article, Planet Earth article


New research on climate change impacts

Read press release>>

Prof Nigel Arnell published new research, presented at Science Nedia Centre briefing.

Media coverage: New Scientist, Discovery News, Agence France Press, Planet Earth Article: Race is on to curb climate consequences


Impact of high rainfall during 2012 on crops

Professor Mike Gooding, Head of the School of Agriculture and Development, spoke on BBC Radio 4's  Farming Today  (11 minutes in) about the impact that 2012's high rainfall has had on the nutritional value of our fruit and vegetables.

The story was then picked up by a number of other media outlets and Professor Gooding appeared on: BBC News TV channel, BBC South Today, BBC Radio 2 - Jeremy Vine Show, Bulletins on BBC Radio 4 and 5

The Daily Telegraph also published an article on their website -  Bad weather 'could cause less tasty and healthy fruit and veg'

Read Mike's explanation >>>

Dr Carol Wagstaff, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, appeared on a number of BBC radio stations to talk about the impact of high rainfall on the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables. BBC Radio Scotland (46mins 40secs in), BBC Three Counties Radio (34mins 45secs in), BBC Radio Wales (link unavailable)


Climate scientists respond to media reports that global warming has 'stopped'

Dr Richard Allan, and Dr Ed Hawkins, of the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology , were among several leading climate scientists to denounce the misrepresentation of a Met Office report on global temperatures as proof that 'global warming is at a standstill'.

Dr Allan said: "Nothing in [the Met Office] data leads me to think that global warming due to human influence has stopped, or is irrelevant.  It hasn't, and it isn't."

Dr Allan's comments were used in reports by the Daily Mail , the Daily Express , the Guardian , the Australian , and India media outlets The Times of India , Hindu Business Line , and the Economic Times .

Dr Hawkins was interviewed for an article that appeared in the print edition of The Times .


2012 was the UK's second wettest year but expect more flooding in the future, say Reading scientists

Following confirmation that 2012 was the UK's second wettest year on record, meteorologists from the University of Reading were interviewed and quoted extensively in the media.

Dr Richard Allan, Department of Meteorology, was interviewed by the BBC News channel, BBC 5Live and a number of BBC local radio stations.

Professor Nigel Arnell, director of the Walker Institute, was interviewed live by Sky News and was quoted in the Guardian , the Financial Times , the Daily Mail , the Daily Express , the Evening Standard , and the Press Association , with his comments picked up by regional and international news organisations. 

Professor Rowan Sutton, NCAS Director of Climate Research, was interviewed for Channel 4 News .

And Dr Roger Brugge, Department of Meteorology, provided local insight and was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire and was quoted by the Reading Post .


December 2012

12th Dec: Professor Nigel Arnell quoted in New Scientist article: "Doha summit launches climate damage aid"

Dr Ed Hawkins quoted in Metro article: "Climate change leaves us sweating through 333rd warm month in a row"


November 2012

29th Nov: Professor Nigel Arnell quoted on ITN new website: Severe flooding 'could become commonplace' by end of this century

27th Nov: Professor Nigel Arnell interviewed on Sky News about flooding.

27th Nov: Professor Nigel Arnell interviewed on Radio 5 Live about flooding.

27th Nov: Dr David Laver's work on atmospheric rivers quoted on BBC news website.


21st Nov: Dr Richard Allan quoted on CNN website article: Greenhouse gases reached record highs in 2011, says U.N. study


19th Nov: PhD students Caroline Ely and Simon Thomas appeared on the Anne Diamond Show on BBC radio Berkshire talking about space weather hazards, jet streams, and geoengineering.


3rd Nov: Dr Chris Holloway interviewed on hurricane Sandy on: BBC Radio Berkshire


October 2012

Dr Chris Holloway interviewed/quoted on hurricane Sandy by:

16 local BBC radio stations (Tues 30th Oct), BBC Radio Berkshire (Sat. 3rd Nov)

The Scotsman (31st Oct)


Dr Jane Strachan interviewed/quoted on hurricane Sandy by:

Voice of Russia, Financial Times (29th Oct) , BBC World Service, NewsTalk Radio Ireland


Dr Ross Reynolds quoted in the Telegraph (29th Oct) on hurricane Sandy.


Prof Rowan Sutton and Dr Buwen Dong's work on wet summers in the UK quoted widely, including: BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC news website, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Farmers Guardian

Dr David Lavers quoted in the Sunday Times (7th October) on his work on atmospheric rivers:Amazon rivers of the skies drench Britain: Scientists have identified invisible ribbons of moisture up to 2,000 miles long as the cause of recent floods


September 2012

Dr Andrew Turner interviewed in New York Times on climate change the Indian monsoon


August 2012

27th Aug: Dr Jonny Day's arctic sea ice research mentioned on BBC News.


July 2012

Dr Jonny Day's Arctic sea ice research reported widely, for example:

Guardian (26th July): Loss of Arctic sea ice '70% man-made'

Study finds only 30% of radical loss of summer sea ice is due to natural variability in Atlantic


June 2012

Dr AndrewTurner's review of the Indian monsoon quoted widely, for example:

Daily News and Analysis India: Modern times hit rains hard

Med India:Global Warming Probably To Intensify Rainfall In South Asia

Science Newsline: Heavy Snowfall over Himalayas Makes Drought over India More Likely

April 2012

Farming UK: Professor Tim Wheeler appointed to Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

University of Reading quoted in The Telegraph: Rivers to be linked to ease drought under water company plans


March 2012

Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes interviewed on the drought situation:

Read press release>>

ITV Meridian: interview and article


Dr Richard Allan interviewed on BBC Newsnight about the drought conditions in the UK (12th March)

Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes interviewed on UK drought for the Community Channel is on Sky, Freeview and Virgin TV (12th March).


February 2012

Dr Len Shaffrey interviewed by BBC News on recent research which links shrinking Arctic sea ice to colder, snowier winters over Europe and other regions. Watch video>> (28 February 2012)


January 2012

30/01/2012 Professor Nigel Arnell interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire about the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

26/01/2012 Professor Nigel Arnell interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire about the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

24/01/2012 Dr Richard Allan quoted in Daily Mirror article: "Planet absorbs heat equivalent to 250 billion kilowatt electric heaters in a decade"

24/01/2012 Professor Mike Lockwood quoted in Guardian article: Sun's changes unlikely to slow global warming, scientists say



December 2011

Dr Paul Williams quoted in Physics World article: "Energy balance points to man-made climate change".


November 2011

Professor Nigel Arnell quoted in Guardian article " Climate scientists defend work in wake of new leak of hacked emails - latest leak appears to be attempt to undermine public support for international climate change action ahead of Durban talks "

Professor Nigel Arnell quoted re UN IPCC Climate Panel report on extreme events. " Human activity to blame for increasing droughts, floods and heat waves, says landmark report "

Dr David Lavers quoted in New Scientist article: "Atmospheric rivers caused the UK's worst floods" and in Cumbrian News and Star: see article.

Ross Reynolds interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire on what the coming winter might hold and how long range weather forecasts work.

Dr Nick Klingaman interviewed on Radio Berkshire ahead of his public lecture on extreme events.

Dr Tim Woollings quoted in Discovery News: "When weather makes climate".

Dr Tim Woollings and Prof Mike Lockwood interview in BBC2 programme "Will it snow?"


October 2011

Press release on Manoj Joshi et al paper: Today's generation could see a world 2oC warmer than the pre-industrial era


Inter Press Service: "Durban May Be Last Chance to Stabilise Climate Under Two Degrees".

Sydney Morning Herald: "Climate change mitigation 'out of reach'"


Dr Pete Inness quoted in the Telegraph on warm Indian summer conditions.


September 2011

Farmers Guradian "Adapting farming to meet climate challenge"

Dr Alison Bailey from the school of agriculture, policy and development at the University of Reading will examine the water implications of climate change in UK agriculture at CropWorld 2011.


July 2011

Dr David Grimes interviewed for BBC Radio 4 Today Programme on current drought in East Africa.


Professor Mike Lockwood quoted on reduced solar activity:

11/07/2011 Telegraph: "Sun not responsible for climate change"

05/07/2011 BBC website: "UK faces more harsh winters in solar activity dip"

04/07/2011 Daily Mail: "Is Britain about to be plunged into a Little Ice Age? "


June 2011

Dr Alison Bailey's presentation on water shortages and agriculture at CropWorld2011 gets coverage:

BCP website: Water shortages - CropWorld Global 2011 to consider the implications

PRnewswire: Water Shortages - CropWorld Global 2011 to Consider the Implications


May 2011

Professor Tim Wheeler quoted in the Guardian (05/05/11): "Food prices driven up by global warming, study shows.

Scientists warn that farming practices must be adapted to a warmer world and rises in global population".


February 2011

Scientists comment on papers in Nature (paper 1, paper 2) which suggest that climate change is increasing the risk of intense rainfall and floods:

Professor Rowan Sutton quoted in the Guardian: Climate change doubled likelihood of devastating UK floods of 2000

Dr Richard Allan interview on BBC Radio 4 Material World

Dr Richard Allan quoted -

Reuters: Floods linked to manmade climate change: studies

Discovery News: High Water: The Human Factor

Daily India:Greenhouse emissions led to increase in extreme rains, says study

Washington Post: Greenhouse gases led to increase in deluges, researchers say

Scientific American: Floods linked to manmade climate change


Dr Paul Williams quoted in the Guardian: How better time travel will improve climate modelling (4/2/11)


Dr Nick Klingaman interviewed on Cyclone Yasi :

BBC Breakfast (3/2/11)

Guardian: Will cyclone Yasi push Australia into action on climate?

Irish Times: Widespread destruction at landfall of cyclone (3/2/11)


January 2011


Wednesday 19th January

Walker Institute scientists interviewed on Radio Berkshire Breakfast Show

Scientists interviewed:

Prof Nigel Arnell (Walker Institute Director)

Dr Nick Klingaman (Queensland funded research fellow)

Dr Jane Strachan (Willis funded research fellow)

Marek Kubik (EngD student - Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments Centre)

Dr Tijana Blanusa (RHS funded researcher, School of Biological Sciences)


Dr Nick Klingaman interviewed by a range of media on the recent floods in Queensland and Brazil.

Coverage includes:

Sunday 16th January

The Sunday Times - "No let-up as La Nina threatens months of deadly flooding" (Jan 16th)

Saturday 15th January

Western Mail - "Ex-Met Office chief blames greenhouse gases for floods"

Friday 14th January

Colourful Breakfast with Bonsu and Juju

Guardian: "Q&A: La Niña - the Pacific weather link to floods"

Financial Times: "Q&A: How La Niña causes floods"

BBC Asia Network lunchtime news

New Scientist blog - "Is La Nina responsible for the recent wave of floods?

Thursday 13 th January

ABC News Nightline

BBC Radio 4 World at One

BBC World Service on "Have your say". Listen here

Reading Chronicle: "Weather doc in battle to save Oz"

Wednesday 12th January

Daily Mail: "The flood's coming... flee for your lives: 40,000 homes in danger as deadly surge heads towards the centre of Brisbane"
BBC News (6 o'clock and 10 o'clock)

BBC Radio Berkshire Breakfast Show


BBC2 Horizon - "What is One Degree?"

Dr Janet Barlow shows Ben Miller the Meteorology Weather Station on top of the BT Tower for Horizon programme "What is One Degree?" on BBC2 on 10th January 2011. The programme focuses on the comedian's exploration of the question


Prof Mike Lockwood and Kathy Maskell quoted in Getreading:Severe winters here to stay? 7th January.


Dr Steve Woolnough quoted in The Telegraph, 7th January.

"The Ashes: was weather key to England's historic cricket victory over Australia?"

Forget Alastair Cook's batting and James Anderson's bowling, England's historic Ashes victory may have been down to the weather.


December 2010

Prof Rowan Sutton appeared on BBC Breakfast and was interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire about the recent cold UK weather.


November 2010

"Welcome to the Boffin Bank" The Sunday Times Magazine Sunday 21st November

Dr Paul Williams, Royal Society Research Fellow (NCAS-Climate),  featured in Sunday Times article.  Welcome to the Boffin Bank - The brain drain has finally been plugged. Young scientists like Paul are staying in Britain, fired up with breathtaking new ideas and inspired by a Nobel prize.


September 2010

Professors Keith Shine and Brian Hoskins contribute to Royal Society Climate Science Guide.

Prof Giles Harrison and Prof Mike Lockwood feature in New Scientist article "The sun joins the climate club"

Scientists feature in BBC Wild Weather Week: Prof Giles Harrison, Dr Keri Nicoll, Dr Janet Barlow and Dr Roger Brugge interviewed by BBC London about volcanic ash London's heat, computer modelling to predict weather

Dr Tijana Blanusa interviewed on use of plants in the urban environment for an article in New Scientist: "Green machine: why our walls really should have ears".


August 2010

Scientists comment on Pakistan floods, see:

Dr Andy Turner interviewed Radio France International

Dr Andy Turner interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire

Brian Hoskins interviewed by ITV News

Dr Mike Blackburn provides information and diagnostics to: Channel 4 news>>

Dr Mike Blackburn interviewed for New Scientist article>>

Dr Andy Turner interviewed by BBC West Midlands


Dr Ben Lloyd-Hughes quoted on drought:

Wall Street Journal: "Heat Wave and Drought Shrivel Harvests Across Europe"

Telegraph: "Fish rescued as rivers dry up in drought"

Daily Mail: "Revealed: Shocking satellite images of lakes show extent of man's impact on world's water supply"

The Sun: "Now you see it now you don't"


July 2010

Prof Nigel Arnell quoted on Dutch review of IPCC report:

BBC on-lin: "Dutch review backs UN climate panel report"

Guardian: "Review of questioned IPCC report says conclusions 'well-founded'"

Telegraph: "IPCC climate change report 'played down positive impacts'


June 2010

Climate science goes for the big chill
Dr Janet Barlow has been using a two-tonne block of ice to explain climate science at the Royal Society "See Further" Festival of Science and Arts at the Royal Festival Hall this week.


Professor Keith Shine quoted in Mail On Sunday "Attack of the vapours - how jet trails block out the sunshine"


April 2010

Professor Mike Lockwood on his paper: Low solar activity linked to UK cold winter (press release 15/04/2010).

See coverage.


Dr Andy Turner on : heavy snowfall over Himalaya's linked to drought in India (see press release)

Times of India

The Hindu

India Today  

Down to Earth


February 2010

Kathy Maskell - article in Reading Post (22/02/2010). Burning issue of climate change.

Professor Nigel Arnell quoted in the Wall Street Journal (16/02/2010)

Dr Paul Williams quoted in Advancing Chemical Sciences (05/02/2010). Emission reduction pledges pour in

January 2010

Kathy Maskell has letter in the Observer (31/01/2010). Climate change: Sceptics fiddle while the planet burns

December 2009

Letter to the Times, Prof Sir Brian Hoskins, Professor Keith Shine, FRS and Professor Mike Lockwood, FRS signatories. Climate change - Despite the e-mail scandal, the evidence that human activity is responsible for most of the climate change over the past 50 years is strong.

Many scientists from the Walker Institute sign up to statement from the UK science community issued (9/12/10): "We, members of the UK science community, have the utmost confidence in the observational evidence for global warming and the scientific basis for concluding that it is due primarily to human activities........". Read full statement>>

Nigel Arnell interviewed by The Scotsman: "Copenhagen: Flooding, crop failures and lack of water - and that's after emission cuts" (10/12/09)

Walker Institute coverage on the COP-15 website. (10/12/09)

Kathy Maskell Interviewed by Radio Berkshire about Copenhagen Climate Conference (7/12/09).


November 2009

British gardens at risk from drought-resistant grasses set to drive out native plants
Daily Mail, 27th November 2009


October 2009

Professor Nigel Arnell quoted in Nature. "No easy way out - scientists look seriously at the possibility of warming beyond the 2 °C target". 15/10/09.


September 2009

28/09/09 Professor Nigel Arnell, Walker Institute Director, quoted in the Guardian: " US inertia could scupper world climate deal in Copenhagen, says expert".

24/09/09 Dr Mike Blackburn interviewed on Radio 4's Material World on the wet summer of 2009 and why it didn't turn out to be quite the BBQ summer forecast by the Met Office. Listen here

23/09/09 Dr Pete Inness was interviewed by Channel 4 News about the weather conditions which led to the Sydney dust storm, and whether climate change related drought made such events more likely in future.

20/08/09 Dr Andy Turner quoted in Independent's on-line journal: How our changing climate is, and will be, affecting the Indian monsoon. See Press release


August 2009

Professor Rowan Sutton and Dr Ed Hawkin's work on investment in climate science extensively quoted : Targeted investments in climate science could present enormous economic savings for the UK and Europe 
(Press release Wednesday 19th August 2009)

Costs of adapting to climate change

Professors Nigel Arnell's and Tim Wheeler's involvement in costing adaptation report mentioned on a host of websites:

Sustainable Business

Climate Science Watch



Green Car Congress


June 2009


Launch of UKCIP scenarios, various scientists comment:

Prof Nigel Arnell interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire, 19/6/09 on the launch of new climate change scenarios for the UK

Dr Paul Williams quoted regarding UK climate change scenarios in:

This is London

The Times

The Guardian


Walker Institute quoted on BBC Radio 4 Broadcasting House, 7/6/09

Prof Nigel Arnell quoted in the Sunday Times, 7/6/09 on the impact sof climate change in the UK. More..


Dr Manoj Joshi's work on climate influence on Ashes result:

Guardian: Ashes cricketers could be caught out by climate change

AlphaGalileo: Climate Phenomenon influences England's Chances in the Australian Leg of the Ashes

24 June 2009

Thaiindian News: Climate phenomenon affects Ashes cricket series' results 26th June

Physorg.com: Climate phenomenon influences England's chances in the Australianleg of the Ashes 26 Jun 2009

March 2009

Simon Gosling on his heat-related deaths paper presented at the Copenhagen Climate congress.

Various appearances:

Channel 4 news website


Climate change deaths could soar
The Press Association

February 2009

The Sunday Times (08/02/09)

Prof Rowan Sutton comments on climate change.


November 2008

BBC Radio Berkshire (11/11/08)

Kathy Maskell, Curtis Wood, Ross Reynolds, Dan Peake are interview by BBC Radio Berkshire about climate and weather research and teaching at the University and the role of the Walker Institute.


October 2008

The Guardian (26/10/08).

Is water the new oil?

It's the world's most precious commodity, yet many take it for granted. But that's all about to change. Special report by Juliette Jowit. Professor Nigel Arnell, Walker Institute for Climate System Research, balances all the impacts in his modelling at University of Reading.


Insurance Day (17/10/08)

Lessons from the great storm of 1987 - Little or no change in frequency of severe storms says Lennart Bengtsson, University of Reading, ESSC.


Wired Blog

Aircraft Emissions are Bad, But how Bad. Professor Keith Shine University of Reading , says that while there's a great deal of research being conducted on the role of NOx in climate change, nothing is conclusive at this point, in part because the gas seems to both harm and help.


BBC News channel (06/10/08)

Air turbulence tests 'improved'

A more accurate way of predicting air turbulence for aeroplanes has been developed by researchers. Dr Paul Williams from University of Reading  was part of a global team of academics who have developed a new air turbulence forecasting technique.

Reading Evening Post (08/10/08)

Scientists ground flight turbulence. Dr Paul Williams from University of Reading  was part of a global team of academics who have developed a new air turbulence forecasting technique.

New Scientist (11/10/08)

Fasten your seat belts. Dr Paul Williams from University of Reading  was part of a global team of academics who have developed a new air turbulence forecasting technique.


September 2008

Reading Evening Post (30/09/08)

Uni to study how London's buildings affect our climate.

Dr Janet Barlow, University of Reading , awarded £1M grant to set up the project from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC).


BBC Radio Berkshire (24/09/08)

Janet Barlow interviewed by BBC Radio Berkshire on 24th Sept about her

£1 million grant to investigate sustainable adaptation of buildings to a warmer London climate.


FX Magazine (01/09/08)

Natural Selection. Designers from three disciplines have collaborated on The science of survival the latest peripatetic exhibition to emerge from the Science museum. The exhibition content was researched in consultation with UK scientists, including Dr Tim Wheeler of the Walker Institute, University of Reading.


August 2008

New Scientist (16/08/08)

The decade after tomorrow - How the Climate is going to change over the next few years - 'Predicting the climate of the next decade is a 'grand challenge' problem, but we are making real progress', says Rowan Sutton, University of Reading, Walker Institute for Climate System Research.







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