@DeSmogBlog: Fracking in 2018: Another Year of Prete­nding to Make Money

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2018 was the year the oil and gas industry promised that its darling, the shale fracking revolu­tion, would stop focusing on endless produ­ction and instead turn a profit for its inves­tors. But as the year winds to a close, it's clear that hasn't happened.

Instead, the fracking industry has helped set new records for U.S. oil produ­ction while conti­nuing to lose huge amounts of…

Today: 21:20

@John Fleck: Megadr­ought

In the southw­est…. “The last 19 years have been equiv­alent to the worst 19 years of the worst mega-​droughts on record,” said Park Williams, a professor of bioclim­atology at Columbia Univer­sity, at a presen­tation of the work. Only three recent mega-​drough­ts—in the late 800s, the mid-​1100s, and the late 1500s­—were worse than the current period, ...

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Today: 21:04

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Greta Thunberg: The TED Talk

This young lady deserve­s..no, demands, your atten­tion. Descri­ption: Greta Thunberg realized at a young age the lapse in what several climate experts were saying and in the actions that were being taken in society. The diffe­rence was so drastic in her opinion that she decided to take matters into her own hands. Greta is a […]

Today: 18:33

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Poll: Green New Deal is Wildly Popular

Yale Program on Climate Communic­ations: Some members of Congress are proposing a “Green New Deal” for the U.S. They say that a Green New Deal will produce jobs and stren­gthen America’s economy by accele­rating the trans­ition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. The Deal would generate 100% of the nation’s electr­icity from clean, renewable […]

Today: 15:57

@Yale Climate Media Forum: Some winter days seem more like spring

Writer Eugene Baldwin does not need to consult weather records to know how winters near his Illinois home have changed. Baldwin: “I live in a place which is at the confl­uence of the Missis­sippi, Missouri, and Illinois rivers. The landscape […]

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Today: 12:00

@Skeptical Science: Little Ice Age? No. Big Warming Age? Yes.

In Septe­mber, a website called Space Weather Archive interv­iewed Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Mlynczak noted that because the sun is currently in a relat­ively inactive period, the thermo­sphere (one of the highest layers of Earth’s atmosp­here, more than 300 miles above the surface) could reach its coldest temper­atures since records began in the 1940s.

The interview didn’t…

Today: 06:42

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: As Americans Wake up to Climate Threat, Deniers Dig In

Above, climate deniers as always with their finger on the pulse of reality, have decided to double down on coal burning. Denialist clown and tobacco shill Steven Milloy is leading a “Burn more Coal” campaign, as America wakes up to the depths of the climate catast­rophe. On the other hand, when we run out of […]

Today: 00:53

@The Carbon Brief: IEA: China and India to fuel further rise in global coal demand in 2018

Global coal demand is expected to grow again in 2018, driven by “strong” fuel burning...

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Today: 00:01

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: 15 Year old Greta Thunberg: “Change is Coming Whether you Like it or Not”

Greta Thunberg is having none of your bullshit. Adverti­sements

2018-12-17 15:14

@DeSmogBlog: COP24: Paris Agreement Rulebook 'Does Not Deliver What The World Needs'

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Following two tension-​filled weeks at the UN climate talks in Poland, countries finally agreed on the operating manual to implement the Paris Agree­ment. While this rulebook is essential to kick-​start the agreement in 2020, campai­gners and scien­tists have warned of a stark disco­nnect between the urgency to prevent climate breakdown and the failed opport­unity for radical…

2018-12-17 14:00

@Yale Climate Media Forum: The best job for fighting climate change

You don’t have to quit your day job to make a diffe­rence on climate change. Waite: “No matter if you’re in health­care, media, journa­lism, science and tech, you can integrate sustaina­bility, you can pursue it and you can have both […]

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2018-12-17 12:00

@DeSmogBlog: What America Still Stands to Lose as Zinke Leaves Interior and Ex-​Oil Lobbyist David Bernhardt Stands by

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With the resign­ation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke , environ­mental and public lands advocates are asking: Will the new leader be any better for the enviro­nment than the previous one? And from their perspe­ctive, the answer is a resoun­ding, “No.”

David Bernh­ardt, the current Deputy Interior Secre­tary, a former oil industry lobbyist, is likely to become Acting Secretary when…

2018-12-16 23:41

@Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change Global Warming Digest #50

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... UN climate accord 'inade­quate' and lacks urgency, experts warn

Agreement will fail to halt devast­ating rise in global temper­ature, say scientists

The two-​week-​long confe­rence left questions about reducing green­house gas…

2018-12-16 22:39

@The Carbon Brief: COP24 video: Three need-​to-​knows from the UN climate talks in Katowice

The latest round of interna­tional climate negoti­ations concluded late on Saturday evening in Katowice, Poland....

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2018-12-16 21:14

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: At a Flat Earth Confer­ence, Parallels with Climate Denial? You Decide.

NASA lies. Check. They’re in it for the money. Check. Do your own research. Check. God’s word is true, and He’s still up there. Check, and Check. Adverti­sements

2018-12-16 21:03

@The Carbon Brief: COP24: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Katowice

This year’s annual UN climate confe­rence concluded late on Saturday evening in Katowice, Poland, after...

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2018-12-16 19:38

@Climate Denial Crock of the Week: Trump Admin Draws Laughter, Jeers, for Climate Denial

The Arctic Report card, an annual review of northern polar changes by NOAA scient­ists, comes out at the AGU Fall Meeting each year. This year, as the increa­singly dire observ­ations were being outlined, the Administ­ration’s represen­tatives were at the COP meeting in Poland descr­ibing how they plan to make it worse. As the US joined […]

2018-12-16 18:51

@And then there's physics: Decarbo­nising the electric power sector

Since I’ve been trying to better under­stand some other aspects of the climate change topic, I recently read a paper by Jesse Jenkins, Max Luke, and Samuel Therns­trom. It’s about Getting to Zero Carbon Emissions in the Electric Power Sector, …

2018-12-16 15:43

@DeSmogBlog: Drilled: A Podcast on the Climate Crime of the Century

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By Climate Investi­gations Center

A newly released podcast, Drilled , “invest­igates the crime of the century — the creation of climate denial.”

The eight part series takes listeners back in time to the inception of climate change denial. It tells the story of the special interests that launched campaigns against evolving climate science and the momentum created by this science,…

2018-12-16 11:51

@John Fleck: Wait I think I solved the Colorado River problem

Conjure Water is a mage spell that provides the caster with mana-​replen­ishing drinks. There is no limit to the amount of water a mage may conjure or carry. Fetch us some mages. (source)

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2018-12-16 03:28

@John Fleck: Beyond the Colorado River Drought Contin­gency Plan

LAS VEGAS – With Commis­sioner of Reclam­ation Brenda Burman’s ultimatum to the Colorado River Basin States at the just-​completed Colorado River Water Users Associ­ation meeting in Las Vegas, it seems we’re going to get a Drought Contin­gency Plan, or something very much like it, in 2019. This could be very messy, but it suggests that ...

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2018-12-16 03:13

@Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change Global Warming News Roundup #50

A chronol­ogical listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Dec 9 through Saturday, Dec. 15 Editor's Pick Climate change: COP24 deal to bring Paris pact to life Reuters

Negoti­ators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operat­ional in 2020.

Last-​minute rows over carbon…

2018-12-15 21:02

@Judith Curry: Week in review – science edition

by Judith Curry A few things that caught my eye this past week. Re-​evalu­ating the ocean conveyor belt [link] More robust #climate projec­tions of #Arctic sea ice only possible by improving physics in simula­tions e.g. accou­nting for melt ponds …

2018-12-15 14:44

@DeSmogBlog: Major Health Study Shows Benefits of Combating Climate Change

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During the holiday season, people often drink toasts to health. There’s something more we can do to ensure that we and others will enjoy good health now and into the future: combat climate change.

“Climate change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, and tackling it could be our greatest health opportu­nity,” according to the medical journal The Lancet.


2018-12-15 11:22

@Manchester Climate Monthly: Rant: “Deeds not words”? My fat arse… #Manch­ester #climate farces continue

As I cycled up towards the Central Library I could see the road blocked off because of prote­sters brandi­shing placards. For a quarter of a second I thought “great, at last, the climate revol­ution is upon us.” It was, of …

2018-12-14 20:12

@Yale Climate Media Forum: Identi­fying good-​faith questions about climate

The comment haunted me in its wrong­ness: “One volcanic eruption dwarfs human CO2.” I jumped in. “No, not even close, Don. Humans emit 100 times the CO2 that volcanoes do, every single year. Your willin­gness to spread false inform­ation doesn’t […]

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2018-12-14 20:00

@DeSmogBlog: The Koch Brothers' Last Ditch Attempt to Kill the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit

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As Congress debates what, if anything, to do with the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, the oil industry is fighting to kill the popular incen­tive, which is hitting some key miles­tones in the program.

In the final weeks of the current legisl­ative session (and before Democrats retake control of the House), many groups with financial and other ties to Koch Industries

2018-12-14 18:17

@Yale Climate Media Forum: Amazon colle­ction broadens cli-​fi field

On October 30th, media giant Amazon released a story colle­ction from its own imprint, Amazon Original Stories, titled Warmer. This isn’t an anthology of little-​known writers, however. It features literary giants such as Edan Lepucki (Califo­rnia), Lauren Groff (Flor­ida), Jess […]

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2018-12-14 17:00

@DeSmogBlog: Final Dispatch From COP24: What Just Happened?

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For most of us, the UN climate talks — or COP24 — are drawing to a close and home is in sight.

That’s probably not the case for hundreds of negoti­ators who still have a lot to sort out before they can agree on the rules to implement the Paris Agree­ment, and are likely to work through the night and possibly beyond to do so.

After two weeks of protesting , lobbying ,

2018-12-14 16:36

@Skeptical Science: New research, December 3-​9, 2018

2018-12-14 21:03