• 26 Feb 2018

    A weatherman’s tips on how to get through this week’s cold and snow

    With the coldest spell of weather for at least five years set to bring disruptive snow to the UK this week, here are useful tips that will help you stay up to date and be prepared for what’s to come.

  • 22 Feb 2018

    It appears that the drugs DO work. Scientists say that they have resolved one of the most hotly debated topics in medicine – whether anti-depressants are effective in treating depression. A huge study carried out over six years has found  that all 21 common anti-depressants are more effective than dummy pills. Doctors hope it will…

  • 4 Feb 2018

    What would happen if the water simply ran out? That’s the nightmarish reality facing four million people in Capetown, which may soon be forced to turn off its taps after drought and population growth brought reservoir levels dangerously low. Officials say supplies could dry up by mid April.

  • 31 Jan 2018

    Dr Irene Pepperberg, comparative psychologist at Harvard University, discusses talking animals.

  • 19 Jan 2018

    The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has hinted at the prospect of building a road bridge between the UK and France. FactCheck asks whether such a project would be feasible – and what challenges engineers would be up against.

  • 18 Jan 2018

    Why I criticised Met Eireann for naming Storm Fionn

    Earlier this week, I criticised the Irish Met Service, Met Eireann, for naming Storm Fionn. Here’s why I did this and how I think Met Eireann and the Met Office can improve the storm naming system.

  • 11 Jan 2018

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy speaks to Environment Minister Therese Coffey and I began by asking her why it will take until 2042 to get rid of avoidable plastic waste.

  • 11 Jan 2018

    Theresa May has promised to tackle what she describes as a “scourge” of plastic waste. The Prime Minister visited a bird sanctuary as she outlined her 25-year plan for the environment. Critics say her plans need to be backed with legislation and take too long to do anything. But does her wider environment plan really…

  • 4 Jan 2018

    Environmentally friendly farming will be the watchword once Brexit has happened. That was the message from Environment Secretary Michael Gove today as he set out plans to pay farmers for their stewardship of the countryside rather than how many acres they have. Mr Gove did admit, however, the current EU system of subsidy many farmers…

  • 17 Dec 2017

    In the heart of the Nevada desert, Area 51 has become the holy grail of conspiracy theorists – home, they say, to a top secret US military base for the study of extra-terrestrials. But now it has emerged that the theorists might not have been that far off. It has been reported that the Pentagon…

  • 7 Dec 2017

    Where you can expect to see snow in the UK this weekend

    As cold Arctic air returns to the UK in the coming days, some places will see significant snow. But where, when and how much?

  • 5 Dec 2017

    Why you shouldn’t believe a UK snow forecast more than three days ahead

    Predicting snow in the UK is difficult and weather computer models rarely get it right more than a few days ahead. But why is this the case?

  • 2 Dec 2017

    Progress in the fight against Malaria has stalled, the World Health Organisation warned this week. Funding has levelled off and after years of progress, countries where malaria is endemic have become complacent. The W.H.O’s annual Malaria Report finds five million more people died of the disease in 2016 than in the previous year. Many scientists…

  • 26 Nov 2017

    Wildlife charities say crimes against animals are not being properly recorded and the perpetrators are going unpunished.

  • 14 Nov 2017

    Having been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for over five years, you’d think the last place WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange would want to go is another embassy. But it’s emerged that WikiLeaks lobbied the Trump campaign to get them to publicly endorse Julian Assange as a candidate to be Australia’s next ambassador…