7th August - Today's News: Severe Thunderstorms Hit Germany, France
Although it's cooler in Britain now, hot and stormy weather continues across much of Europe. Three die in Italy's 40c heatwave whilst pigs burn in huge lightning storm in Germany. Violent storms hit France, with more on the way
Here in Britain, tens of thousands of fish die in the heatwave last month
Not surprisingly (unless you still believe we're plummeting into a new ice age - and yes, there are those who think so!) 2012 was one of the 10 warmest years on record globally. And I suspect 2013 may well supplant another year from the last decade to move onto that list, in due course.
Cheylabinsk meterorite may have gang of siblings according to Spanish astronomers
And the Sun's magnetic field is about to flip - as it does every 11 years. A cataclysmic end of the world as we know it, is not expected.