January Was Unusually Warm—Yes, Warm!—Despite That Cold Snap

January Was Unusually Warm—Yes, Warm!—Despite That Cold Snap

Yes, it’s so cold right now that even hardy Minneapolis is shutting down schools, but even with these few days of extreme cold, Minnesota should end up with a near “normal” month thanks to weeks of unusual warmth.

The heatwave in numbers

The heatwave in numbers

NIWA has crunched the data on this week’s heatwave and come up with the following record breakers: Highest temperature: Hanmer Forest 38.4˚C Warmest temperature in Aotearoa so far this summer was recorded at Hanmer Forest on 31st January.

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

Exploding Stars May Have Killed Off Prehistoric Predators

“They are in a sweet spot for affecting ground-based life.” Melott hypothesized that a supernova around 2.6 million years ago would have increased the flow of muons streaming through the atmosphere several hundred times over.

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

The Insane Numbers Behind Cycling's Most Masochistic Race

"The whole point is to push your body and your mind to a place they've never been before," says Stevens, who recently visited WIRED's offices in San Francisco to give me a taste of what it's like to pedal one's ever-living brains out.

What's the Fastest 100 Meter Dash a Human Can Run?

What's the Fastest 100 Meter Dash a Human Can Run?

At current top speeds of around 27 miles per hour, he says elite male sprinters like Usain Bolt put down roughly five times their body weight, in between .085 and 0.09 seconds.Just for fun, I ask Weyand what kind of numbers a sprinter would need to complete the 100 meter dash in 9 seconds, on the nose.

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)

Why Bitcoin Is Plunging (This Time)HotlittlepotatoThe price of bitcoin dropped another 10 percent Tuesday, extending a decline that has sent the virtual currency down 33 percent in the past month and 46 percent in the past year.Boom and bust cycles are par for the course for bitcoin.

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

NDEVR Environmental figures for the year up to the end of June 2018 show Australia’s emissions were the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

How to Ride a Bike at 168 MPH

“That was like a match to gasoline,” says Mueller-Korenek.This weekend’s attempt comes two years after Mueller-Korenek hit 147.7 mph on her bike at Bonneville, setting the women’s speed record (by virtue of being the first woman to try it).

Wisconsin's Floods Are Catastrophic—and Only Getting Worse

Wisconsin's Floods Are Catastrophic—and Only Getting Worse

The Kickapoo River in southwest Wisconsin rose to record levels — as high as six feet above the previous high water mark — producing damage that local emergency management officials described as “breathtaking.”In the tiny Wisconsin town of Gays Mills, this is the third catastrophic flood in 10 years.

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

Not only does California need to make up some of the climate slack created by the Trump administration, but the state is now ahead of its targets, with 29% of electricity last year generated from renewables and over 50% from zero-carbon sources (including nuclear and hydroelectric power).

Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

Disempower far-right climate-change deniers. Don’t debate with them | Molly Scott Cato

This document demonstrates how Ukip’s climate change denial is putting at risk the lives and livelihoods of people in the UK and across the European Union.” Dave Reay, professor of carbon management at the University of Edinburgh, also ridiculed the report: “The hackneyed, pseudo-scientific arguments here would make the dinosaurs blush.

California Logged Its Hottest Month Ever, and Things Are Only Going to Get Worse

California Logged Its Hottest Month Ever, and Things Are Only Going to Get Worse

At 1.9 degrees F higher than the 20th century average, these sizzling temperatures rendered the month the 11th hottest July on record for the U.S., NOAA scientists reported at a press briefing.

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Over land, Dr Kidson noted that “in none of the four months November [1934] to February [1935] did any station in New Zealand record a mean temperature which was not above normal”.

Swamp kauri providing a window to the past for scientists

Swamp kauri providing a window to the past for scientists

Dr Andrew Lorrey says kauri is a special species - mature trees live from 600 to 1000 years “if left to their own devices” - and provide important insight into long-term change. Dr Lorrey says there is a concern that time periods could be lost if scientists are not told about swamp kauri excavation sites.

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

Australian and NZ weather experts issue joint statement

NIWA has joined forces with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology to issue a joint Special Climate Statement about unusual weather patterns over summer. Special Climate Statement - record warmth in the Tasman Sea, New Zealand and Tasmania (NIWA)