Should we be naming our storms?

Have you noticed how our weather is becoming humanised? Until recently, we might have noted in conversation: “bit windy last night.” Now we are more likely to hear something along the lines of: “took a bit of a battering from that Barney last night,” or “I blame Bruce Lee myself.” Not only does the current trend for naming extreme meteorological phenomena make discussions of the weather close to incomprehensible, it also makes the events sound friendlier and more cuddly.

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world, causing hunger, disease and death for years afterwards. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared for serious disruption to our climate and food production

Life in the volcanic danger zone: how well can scientists predict eruptions?

The casualties on Japan’s Mount Ontake are among 80,000 fatalities from volcanic eruptions over the past 100 years. What are the challenges involved in predicting the next explosion?

What'll be the next big natural disaster?

Last year was a particularly bad one for natural disasters, with Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc through the US, Typhoon Bopha killing over 1,000 people in the Philippines, and devastating earthquakes hitting Iran, Guatemala, the Philippines, China, and Afghanistan. We asked Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at University College London, to predict the world's next big natural disasters.

L'Aquila quake scientists: creating scapegoats will cost even more lives

Many more lives can be saved by earthquake mitigation measures than by retrospectively targeting scientists

Climate change is not science fiction, Jeremy Clarkson

Scientifically illiterate celebrity deniers are hiding behind their pulpits in the national press

Climate crisis - Climate change will shake the Earth

A changing climate isn't just about floods, droughts and heatwaves. It brings erupting volcanoes and catastrophic earthquakes too

Is the tsunami too big to beat?

From floods to volcanoes, man is in constant battle with nature. Japan shows us the tsunami may be beyond our control

Climate science - There's a storm brewing

The freak weather patterns that surprise us now will be the norm for our grandchildren, warns Bill McGuire

Do believe the hype on climate change

When it comes to the science of climate change - if it reads like a disaster novel, then it really is that bad

The Earth fights back

Never mind higher temperatures, climate change has a few nastier surprises in store. Bill McGuire says we can also expect more earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and tsunamis

When the ground shakes

Predicting earthquakes may be difficult, but preparing for diasters isn't, says Bill McGuire