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October 2014

Aviation climate impact: Dr Emma Irvine's work quoted. GreenAir Online

Air pollution impacting rivers: Work quoted from collaboration of scientists scientists at the Met Office, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, University of Reading, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in France, and the University of Exeter. Air Quality News, Water Briefing

Extreme weather: Ted Shepherd, at the University of Reading provides his opinion on some of the recently published studies on climate change and extreme weather patterns. Climate Central, ClickGreen, Environmental News Network, Azo CleanTech, Science Daily, Phys.org, The Cutting Edge

Climate sceptics: News that two Reading climate scientists (Prof Ted Shepherd and Dr Ed Hawkins) took part in a 'historic' meeting between scientists and sceptics last month reaches the Guardian - and prompts more than 700 comments.  

Climate change: Professor Nigel Arnell, Director of Reading’s Walker Institute, comments on the debate about the global target to keep temperature increases below 2C. Carbon Brief. Prof Rowan Sutton quoted:  Environmental Data Interactive Exchange, Business Green,The Guardian


September 2014

Arctic sea ice: University researchers correctly forecast the extent of summer sea ice in the Arctic, based on findings announced in June. BBC

Gardening and climate change: Promoting a talk hosted by the Cold Ash Horticultural Society, in which Professor Paul Hadley from the University of Reading will be speaking at. Newbury Today

Climate summit: Ahead of the UN climate summit today, Dr Chuks Okereke (SAGES) tells Arise News (TV) and BBC World Service that Africa has most to lose from climate change. Plus Kathy Maskell (Walker) speaks to BBC West Midlands about the summit, and how Reading’s new climate change Mooc can help people to find out more.

More extreme weather as climate change pushes temperatures up in the Arctic Daniel Feltham provides comment for the Independent

Ozone recovery: UN report shows global CFC ban has begun to heal ozone layer – raising hopes that a similar international deal to tackle climate change is possible. Prof Keith Shine spoke to BBC Radio Berkshire (from 21mins).

Carbon levels: Greenhouse gas levels reach new record levels. Prof Bill Collins (Met) quoted by news outlets globally via AFP news agency.

Greenhouse gases on the rise Professor Bill Collins talks to BBC Radio Five Live about the WMO report which shows greenhouse gas levels continue to rise

Aircraft turbulence:New York Times story featuring Paul Williams’ (Met) research into turbulence, further global coverage – further coverage: Gulf News (Qatar), CNBC News (US), NDTV (India).

Arctic ice: Dr Ed Hawkins (Met) says Arctic ice has not ‘bounced back’, despite claims to contrary, but is still in long term decline due to global warming. Mail on Sunday (and picked up by several other international bloggers and media outlets).


August 2014

Monsoon research: Dr Andy Turner (Met) is co-leader of a new NERC-funded collaboration into the South Asian monsoon between Indian and UK scientists. Economic Times (India), Business Standard (India) and the official Malaysia news agency.

Warming ‘slowdown’: New research suggests Atlantic ocean warming could be responsible for temporary ‘slowdown’ in global warming. Dr Jon Robson (Met) provides comment. The Guardian, BBC News.

Climate extremes: Prof Ted Shepherd (Met) comments on new study showing how global warming causes weather patterns to get ‘stuck’ – causing extreme events like the 2014 UK flooding, American ‘polar vortex’ and California drought. The Guardian


July 2014

UK storms Dr Pete Inness says recent storms are not too unusual Daily Telegraph

Warm 2014: The ‘gracious laughter’ of Prof Richard Allan (Met) – along with some scientific insight – is quoted in blog exploring possibility that 2014 will be the hottest year on record. The Guardian

Aviation turbulence: Paul Williams (Met) talks about his research into climate change increasing turbulence to CNN.

Hot weather: Stephen Burt (Met) interviewed live on campus by Sky News

Food Justice Conference Dr Agatha Herman talks to BBC Berkshire’s Phil Kennedy about this week’s event (interview begins 36:30 in)

Amazon ‘savannah’: Dr John Carson (SAGES) and colleagues used pollen analysis from lake mud cores to identify that large swathes of the Amazon was not rainforest but open grassland prior to 1492. Epoch Times

Climate papers: An article in Tuesday’s Times, reporting a new row about a rejected paper about climate change, mentions previous claims by Reading’s Lennart Bengtsson (Met) about ‘suppression’ of inconvenient findings. The story is discussed widely on science blogs – including Carbon Brief, which quotes Met’s Ed Hawkins and Bethan Davies.

Amazon savannah: Dr John Carson’s (SAGES) research into ancient Amazon ecosystems reported by Daily Mail and in media outlets internationally, including the Malay Mail, Independent (SA), and Japan Times.

Japan typhoon: Dr Chris Holloway (Met) interviewed live by BBC News Channel and BBC Radio Berkshire on Typhoon Neoguri.

Amazon ‘savannah’: Dr John Carson (SAGES) and colleagues used pollen analysis from lake mud cores to identify that large swathes of the Amazon was not rainforest but open grassland prior to 1492. Story published by Reuters, and media outlets internationally (including in Malaysia, Singapore, USA, India, Canada, Australia and others)

Climate change: Comment by Ed Hawkins and Rowan Sutton (Met) appears in Nature, criticising previous work which was ‘too precise’ about when climate change will hit. Video, and blog describing the debate as a ‘right old scientific ding-dong’, in Carbon Brief

Waterspouts/tornados in Hampshire Dr John Methven talks to ITV Meridian about what caused the unusual weather conditions which caused waterspouts to form recently

June 2014

Aircraft contrails: Coverage of Irvine, Shine, Hopkins (Met) research on impact of aircraft contrails on climate change featured in the weekend Financial Times. And on NZ news site Carbon News.

Aviation impact: Irvine, Shine, Hoskins (Met) paper featured in The Times and ENN.

Aircraft contrails: More coverage of Irvine, Shine, Hoskins (Met) paper on aircraft contrails impact on climate. Wired, International Business Times (Aus)

Divert flights to cut climate change: Reading scientists say diverting flights would cut vapour trails, cutting greenhouse impact even if they emit more carbon dioxide 
Daily Mail http://rdg.ac/1raKQ7l , BBC News http://rdg.ac/1l55zci 

Sir Brian Hoskins is the subject of ‘HE & me’ – an extended Q&A interview in today’s Times Higher.

Scientists use new method to predict Arctic sea melt: Scientists at the University of Reading have determined an accurate prediction of how many ice caps will melt in the Arctic BBC Online,  ITV Meridian, China.org  Huffington Post

El Nino: Nick Klingaman quoted in the Malaysia Star  and Andy Turner’s BBC Radio 4, World Service .interview repeated

El Nino: The Guardian’s major piece on El Nino in 2014, featuring comments from Nick Klingaman, is picked up in India, including The Hindu,  while a news report on the effects on Africa of the ‘El Nino of the Indian Ocean’ featuring comments by Andy Turner, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, World Service, America’s NPR, and elsewhere.

Solar flares: Mike Lockwood comments on new NASA images of solar flares Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka)

Flooding risks: Reading weather and flooding experts Roger Brugge, Hannah Cloke and Rob Thompson offer comment on flash flood warnings. The Guardian, Daily Mail, Scotsman, Press Association


May 2014

Reading 2050: Prof Tim Dixon (SCME) blogs about creating a blueprint for a smart and sustainable Reading urban area for the future. Get Reading

Global warming: Nick Klingaman (Met) explains how global temperatures are measured and discusses issues around climate change with Jon Sopel on BBC World News – clip now available on BBC Weather.

Visions for a high-tech town The vision for the town in the middle of this century was discussed by UoR and Reading UK CIC at a conference led by Barton Willmore design consultancy. Prof Tim Dixon, expert on sustainable cities at the university, said that establishing a vision was a way to create waste-efficient and carbon efficient cities. Front page on Get Reading and website

Lennart Bengtsson - The Times has manufactured an unfounded climate change conspiracy theory – Blogger and environmental scientist Dana Nuccitelli  asks who needs scientific evidence on climate change when you can distract the world with shiny new conspiracies Guardian

Why fruit growers are walking on sunshine Reading’s ongoing research with Royal Horticultural Society on impact of climate change on gardens mentioned in Times Chelsea Flower Show piece

Extreme weather Professor Richard Allan discusses the warming climate on Channel 4’s Extreme Weather series

Lennart Bengtsson:  The Times ran a story on Thursday about Reading meteorology research fellow Lennart Bengtsson’s resignation from the science committee of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, with follow-up coverage in the Daily Mail, and others. On Friday, the Times’ front page story also featured comments by Prof Bengtsson and led to further coverage in the Daily Telegraph, Independent, Mail on Sunday, Fox News, Nature, the Guardian, Huffington Post and others.


April 2014

Renewable energy: Marek Kubik (Henley) says the emerging energy crisis caused throuble in Ukraine should not lead to knee-jerk reactions on European energy policy – gas and renewables are still the best mix. The Conversation

Arctic ice: A new Nature paper by David Schroeder and colleagues in Meteorology outlines a new method for predicting the crucial melting of Arctic sea ice. Huffington Post

Giant iceberg: An iceberg the size of the Isle of Man has broken away from the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. Bethan Davies (Met) provides comment for Sky News, BBC News Channel, and the Guardian.

Asia air pollution Professor Ellie Highwood says pollution can effect local and global weather on BBC World Service and quoted in the Guardian

Climate Change report Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a major report on options for preventing climate change and cutting carbon emissions. Reading academics have been giving offering media comment an interview. Dr Chuks Okereke was interviewed by BBC News online about his call for the West's moral duty to give financial and technological support to build low-carbon economies in the developing world. He also appeared on BBC News Channel and BBC Radio Five Live.  Professor Tim Dixon  was interviewed by BBC News Online about his work on the Retrofit 2050 project to radically change current knowledge and capacity in urban design.

‘The sea level is rising, so we know that the risk of flooding on the coastal zone is going to increase’ says Prof Nigel Arnell in the Telegraph and the Express.

Professor Mike Gooding tells BBC Radio Five Live and Sky Business Hour and that climate change is likely to increase food prices

Professor Richard Allan and Professor Rowan Sutton discuss impact of climate change on BBC Radio Five Live

Asia air pollution Professor Ellie Highwood says pollution can effect local and global weather BBC Online

Air pollution: Poor air quality in UK is similar to a good day in Beijing, says Met’s Prof Ellie Highwood – while Dr Helen Dacre outlines Reading research to see how UK pollution could change in future due to shifts in weather caused by climate change. Financial Times, Daily Mail, and other regional and international media.

Search for MH370: Dr David Ferreira (Met) gives views on the problems facing search teams from ocean currents and undersea mountains to Sky News

Air pollution: Weather conditions have conspired to create the ‘perfect storm’ for poor air quality, according to Dr Helen Dacre (Met) – comments picked up in the Independent, Guardian, Metro, Press Association, Huffington Post, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Herald Tribune, Malay Mail, The Australian, South China Morning Post, and more than 100 others, with additional comments by Prof Ellie Highwood (Met).

March 2014

Climate change report: The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its latest report on the impacts of climate change this morning. Prof Nigel Arnell provided comment for BBC 5 Live (from 3:08 in), Dr Len Shaffrey interviewed this morning by BBC radio stations for Wales, Stoke, York, Bristol, Surrey, Devon, Gloucester, and Coventry. Dr Hannah Cloke quoted on resumption of dredging on rivers in the Somerset Levels by the Metro and Prof Simon Potts quoted in Telegraph on impact for bees

Climate change report: Prof Nigel Arnell (Walker) writes comment article on start of UN climate change talks for The Conversation.

Climate change Dr Ed Hawkins commented on a Met Office climate change report for BBC 5Live Drive  (from 52mins) and BBC Scotland. Professor Nigel Arnell provided comment for the Guardian

Searching for flight MH370 Dr David Ferreira discusses the area of the Indian Ocean search teams are heading to on  BBC 5Live Drive  (from 01:41) and provides quotes for Associated Press and Press Association leading to quotes in Huffington Post Mail Online, Fox News, Irish Examiner and many other international media outlets.  

Search for MH370: Oceanographer Dr David Ferreira (Met) appears on Sky News Situation Room and is quoted in the Sunday Times, Mail Online and the Australian

Search for MH370: Dr David Ferreira (Met) provides comment on the ocean search area for BBC Foyle (Northern Ireland). Comments (“we know more about the surface of the moon than the bottom of this ocean”) used by the Scotsman, the Associated Press agency and dozens of international media outlets in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Sri Lanka, United States and elsewhere

Search for MH370: Prof Keith Haines comments on ocean currents which could hamper efforts to find the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. ITV News (6.30pm), ITV News at Ten, Financial Times, The Times.

British drought: Believe it or not, Friday’s rain (21st March) actually brought an end to an official drought – 15 days without a drop – reveals Met’s Dr Roger Brugge. Coverage in Saturday’s Daily Mail, The Sun (see attached picture), BBC Berkshire, Reading Post, Plymouth Herald, Bristol Post, and ITV News.

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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