Science Behind the Photo #21

  Increasing average global temperatures are allowing alien species from Mediterranean climates to invade into more northerly areas. This is a major problem in the large alpine forest areas of central Europe. A prime example of such an invasive species is the pine processionary moth (Thaumetopoea pityocampa). This moth species, originally from the Mediterranean is […]

Climate skeptics – future’s visible foe

Last week, I posted a blog – Climate change: history’s invisible foe – about a paper published in Science journal that links temperature changes with human upheavals over the last 2500 years. An individual calling themselves ‘Boballab’ commented on this post raising important issues. Today, I will try to allay Boballab’s concerns. Boballab: I noticed […]

Climate change – history’s invisible foe

When it’s cold, do you get grumpy?  Ill?  Hungry?  A sudden urge to emigrate?  Well, according to a study published in this week’s Science journal, that’s nothing new: changes in climate have been causing Europeans to migrate, starve, die of horrible diseases and invade our neighbours – the ultimate expression of grumpiness – since the […]