4th January - Today's News: Bush Fires & Near Record Heat in Australia
Homes lost in Tasmania fires as Australia's south swelters with temperatures up to 48c in South Australia and in Victoria, State swelters as Melbourne tops 40c and heatwave heralds hot, dry summer.
No surprise that 2012 was UK's second wettest year on record - although it was only the 3rd wettest since 2007 in Evesham, and national records only go back to 1910.
Cyclone lashes Reunion in the Indian Ocean
Weather systems seek Victor, Volker or Vincent - I hadn't realised that Berlin University sold the right to name storms, but it seems to be a commercial success. I don't think I'll be bidding to have a storm named Essan any time soon though!
Should there be laws of geo-engineering to mitigate global warming? Perhaps the first which should be the law of unintended consequences .....
And astronomers estimate that at least 100 billion planets populate the galaxy. Chances are, some have life as we know it on them, though the majority will not. And some will have life very different to anything we can envisgage. And there are, of course, millions of other galaxies out there .....