The remains of hurricane Gonzalo is due to strike the British Isles tonight resulting in widespread rainfall and wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour tomorrow morning.
Gonzalo travelled over the island of Bermuda earlier this week, but has since been decreasing in energy and is now downgraded from hurricane status to an extra-tropical storm. The video below, from the Met Office, shows ex-hurricane Gonzalo undergoing extra-tropical transition into an Atlantic low pressure system.
The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for wind for large parts of the UK. The worst disruption is expected on Tuesday morning when high wind gusts coincide with the morning rush hour.
The Environment Agency has asked people to be flood aware and prepared, Although the strong winds might help drive low coastal flood risk on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can keep up to date with updated flood warnings on the Environment Agency’s website: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/142151.aspx
 The Met Office warnings: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/warnings/
 The Environment Agency flood risk map: http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/142151.aspx
 More about hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones: http://climateandgeohazards.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/cyclones-hurricanes-and-typhoons-whats-the-difference
 The latest BBC news report at time of writing (21:37 Mon 20th): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29685066
Earthquakes happen every day, and as this animation shows, small ones happen more frequently than moderate-to-large earthquakes. However, April 2014 was unusual because there were more than the average number of moderate and large earthquakes. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) had to issue official warnings for 13 different earthquakes in that month. Of those 13, PTWC issued tsunami warnings for 5:
This animation shows all earthquakes on earth that occurred in the first quarter of this year. Note the typical level of activity through March. But starting with the 8.2 magnitude earthquake in northern Chile on April 1, the rest of the month saw 12 more moderate-to-large earthquakes mostly in Chile and the Solomon Islands but also in Nicaragua, Mexico, Canada, and even the south Atlantic Ocean. The animation concludes with a summary map showing all of the earthquakes in this four-month period.
World leaders gathered yesterday for a crucial United Nations meeting to encourage 120 member states to sign up to a new comprehensive global climate agreement in Paris next year.
The last such meeting in 2009 ended with no concrete results. However the meeting yesterday was hailed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying “never before have so many leaders gathered to commit to action on climate change”.
The interactive map below shows what each country has promised (source: mashable.com).
Note. This is not an exhaustive list of initiatives might be updated.
“Earthquakes are one of the planets most lethal natural forces“, says Professor Iain Stewart in his latest short film describing the anatomy of an earthquake.
The film has been made in association with the Earthquakes without Frontiers (EwF) project, a NERC funded multidisciplinary and multinational project, including CGS academics at the University of Leeds, to understand the earthquake hazard from Europe to far-east Asia.
An important part of this project involves informing and communicating the lessons learnt from the scientific to non-scientific community, particularly locals and government authorities in earthquake prone countries.
 Read more about the EwF project here: http://ewf.nerc.ac.uk