Category Archives: climate science

The Spirit of Mawson expedition – harried by ice and media

The Highly Allochthonous family got pretty lucky on our trip to Antarctica: we enjoyed calm seas, including both ways across the infamously stomach-churning Drake Passage, and fairly clement weather every day of our trip. Meanwhile, on the other side of … Continue reading

Categories: climate science, public science

Talking ANDRILL

The Antarctic Geological Drilling Project – ANDRILL – is an ambitious program of drilling down to the sediments deposited around Antarctica in the past few tens of millions of years, to unravel the history of the Antarctic ice sheets: how … Continue reading

Categories: Cenozoic, climate science, past worlds

Earthly and Unearthly Beauty

NASA unveiled a couple of rather beautiful things at AGU last week – and despite actually being at the conference, I haven’t really had the time to sit back and appreciate them until now. The first was the ‘Black Marble’, … Continue reading

Categories: climate science, geology, geophysics, photos, planets

Air conditioning as a positive climate feedback?

Could our need to cool ourselves increase our need to cool ourselves? Continue reading

Categories: climate science, environment, society

What do you mean, the Gulf Stream doesn’t keep Europe warmer than North America? How even scientists are afflicted by urban myths

In science, you discover that you’re wrong at least as often as you’re proven right – and the things that you end up being wrong about can be quite surprising. Prior to last week, if asked I would have confidently … Continue reading

Categories: academic life, climate science