Snowpack protects tree roots and soil from harmful freeze/thaw cycles.
Climate change is shrinking winter snow cover in Northeast forests, which protects tree roots and soil from repeated freezing and thawing. This could stunt tree growth and forest carbon storage.
Sometimes thousands of ladybirds will ‘overwinter’ in the same spot, which experts say is normal behaviour and nothing for homeowners to be alarmed about.
According to experts, ladybirds are no more dangerous than they were before.
Brrr! It’s cold in here!
Winter is here, and many farmers are still waiting on their 'autumn break' of heavy rain. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a dry, warm winter – although the snow season will likely be good.
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?
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.
A blizzard in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 2005.
Governments and private companies have been seeding clouds to create snow for decades, without proof that it actually works. A recent study peered into clouds in search of answers.
Extreme cold weather in Atlanta, Ga., on Jan. 3, 2018.
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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 from Guam to the North Pole?
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.
Crisp temperatures, ice-capped ponds and frozen landscapes send animals scurrying for cover. But just what do turtles do when winter takes hold?
Even if you’re not sick, your nose runs when it’s cold. Why?
A reader wants to know why our noses run just because it's cold.
This winter had some extreme low and high temperatures.
In 2017 Australia's winter had the highest average daytime temperatures on record. This extreme is 60 times more likely to occur under the influence of greenhouse gas emissions.
Soaring heating costs mean many vulnerable Australians endure cold houses and the associated risks to their health.
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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.
It might feel nippy, but look out for winter heatwaves.
Australia is looking at another mild winter – but while it sounds pleasant, it can increase bushfire risk and worsen drought. Winter heatwaves are actually (enjoyable) extreme weather events.
Best spot in the house.
You just need to apply some science.
The flu vaccine – which prevents one from getting influenza – changes every year, because it is based on the strains of the virus that presented in the previous year.
Australia’s mountains may be small but each year they deliver enough snow for winter sports.
Australia's snow season is notoriously fickle - so what determines whether we'll get a good fall?
An aerial shot of Tromsø, Norway.
Could a psychological approach alleviate the misery of the cold, dark wet winter?
Are you dreaming of a festive win at the bookies? Here are your chances.
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It might be that teaching people to reframe their thoughts about winter can help them overcome seasonal affective disorder year after year.
The colder months of the year don’t inevitably lead to an expanding waistline.
Time spent indoors during winter provides a good excuse to eat more, and generally indulge. But does the weather really influence what we eat, or is it merely a fig leaf for our inherent gluttony?
Future snows will mostly happen in big falls.
This weekend is predicted to be the coldest of the year in Australia. But it has otherwise been a slow start to the snow season, and my research shows that this is a sign of things to come.