Peter Thorne

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Cooling off near Killiney Beach during the heatwave earlier this summer. Below-average rainfall levels have been forecast for August and September. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Dublin is experiencing its worst drought since records began in 1850, and scientists at Maynooth University are warning that “we are potentially far f(...)

Between 2014 and 2017,  the world has experienced the four warmest years on record. Photograph:  Stringer/Reuters

A weakening of major ocean currents in the Northern Atlantic, including the Gulf Stream that warms Ireland, could trigger a sudden change to Ireland’s(...)

Prof Peter Thorne is a professor in physical geography at Maynooth University with a particular expertise in extreme weather events and historical analysis of global warming

A scientist based at Maynooth University, Prof Peter Thorne, has been recognised as a leading expert on global climate change with his appointment to (...)

 A Robin sits on a snowy branch in Shorne Ridgeway in the UK on Tuesday. Freezing weather conditions dubbed the “Beast from the East” are bringing snow and sub-zero temperatures to the UK and Ireland. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Why is the situation on Thursday and Friday on a knife-edge? Low-pressure Emma is coming up from Iberia; it is going to take a left turn east at som(...)

Commuters walking in the snow on London Bridge, as temperatures take a dive.  Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Met Éireann has warned of a “very serious weather event” this week predicting a level of snowfall not seen in years. There is a likelihood of red we(...)

Groundsman for West Untied FC Keith Devlin, inspects their waterlogged pitch after Storm Eleanor wreaked havoc in the area. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Storm Eleanor has shown once again Ireland’s vulnerability when it comes to storms, according to Irish climate experts. A bullet was dodged with Stor(...)

 Mount Agung volcano is obscured by clouds. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/Getty

The world is facing into a century of extreme weather disruption as a consequence of global warming, but volcanic activity is going to be “the joker i(...)

For every degree the globe warms, the atmosphere can hold 7%  more water vapour. The consequence is more rainfall.  Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s extreme flooding in the northwest, concentrated on Co Donegal, underlines the urgent need to have adequate “adaptation measures” in place (...)

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