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A pedestrian crosses a street bundled up against the subzero temperatures carried by a polar vortex. Stringer/Reuters

What is frostbite? An ER doc explains

Layering on winter gear is annoying. But with temperatures reaching minus 50 in some parts of the country, it is essential to protect your skin from frostbite, which can happen in minutes.
Bundled up against the cold in downtown Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

How frigid polar vortex blasts are connected to global warming

Life-threatening cold temperatures in the central US are caused by changes in wind circulation in the Arctic that bring cold air south. Climate change could make these events more frequent.
Yes, I am a bit chilly, why? tim elliott/Shutterstock.com

Is winter miserable for wildlife?

When you're warm and cozy inside, it can be natural to wonder if the animals you see outside your window this winter are doing OK. Don't worry – they're doing better out there than you would.
Puffer jackets and vests have become the popular choice of winter coat for many, but at what cost to the environment, ducks and factory workers? from www.shutterstock.com

Sustainable shopping: where to find a puffer jacket that doesn’t warm the Earth

The puffer jacket has become an iconic staple of many people's winter wardrobe. Here are some ways to shop for yours in the most eco-friendly and ethical way.
Extreme cold weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 3, 2018. AP Photo/David Goldman

Climate change and weather extremes: Both heat and cold can kill

Many parts of the US have experienced extreme heat or extreme cold in the past year. Recent research projects that climate change will increase deaths from both types of weather, especially cold spells.
The confidence to navigate the borders between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Why not start the education this holiday, with adventure stories?

Five winter adventure stories to build a global mindset

The confidence to navigate between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Start the education this holiday, with adventure stories from Guam to the North Pole.
Turtles can’t head south for the winter, so they hibernate in rivers, lakes and ponds. (Pexels)

The secret to turtle hibernation: Butt-breathing

Crisp temperatures, ice-capped ponds and frozen landscapes send animals scurrying for cover. But just what do turtles do when winter takes hold?
Soaring heating costs mean many vulnerable Australians endure cold houses and the associated risks to their health. Paul Vasarhelyi from www.shutterstock.com

Forget heatwaves, our cold houses are much more likely to kill us

The idea of a hot and sunny land is so baked into our thinking about Australia that we've failed to design and build houses that protect us from the cold.

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