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A scientist checks cracks in the Arctic sea ice after a storm (April 2015, N-ICE2015 expedition). Amelie Meyer/NPI

Winter storms are speeding up the loss of Arctic sea ice

Warm summers aren't the only threat to Arctic ice – increasingly intense winter storms are also weakening and reducing ice cover.
No wonder you feel so bad. Coughing can be physically exhausting. But it’s your body’s way of getting rid of irritants or extra mucus. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do I have a cough and what can I do about it?

Dry, moist, productive, hacking, chesty, whooping, barking, throaty. Which type of cough do you have and why?
You’re not imagining it. Our bodies really do crave macaroni cheese and other comfort foods as the temperature drops. Here’s why. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: why do we crave comfort food in winter?

Research into our brain, gut and childhood memories tells us why we reach for macaroni cheese rather than salad in winter.
Frozen fountain in New York City during a bomb cyclone event, Jan. 4, 2018. RW/MediaPunch/IPX

When does a winter storm become a bomb cyclone?

What raises a common winter storm to the level of 'bomb cyclone'? It's all about rapid, sharp changes in atmospheric pressure – and the scientists who coined the term meant to highlight their power.
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.

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