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Skeptical Science is a ardently convinced website maintained by John Cook, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Queensland. His background is in physics, studying at the University of Queensland (with post-grad studies focusing on astrophysics). After graduating, he spent over a decade working in graphic design and web programming.

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Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #49

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... SkS Spotlights... Video of the Week... Reports of Note... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

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A Spectacle At The Coliseum — US To Hold Public Climate Change Debate As Soon As January, EPA Head Says

Much of modern politics amounts…

2017-12-10 17:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

Climate Science On Trial Again

OUR CHILDRENS TRUST On Monday, before a panel of three federal judges, a group of young Americans will argue that they should be able to take the government to trial next February for failing to take adequate action against global climate…

2017-12-09 20:08   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: US government report finds steady and persistent global warming

The US Global Change Research Program recently released a Climate Science Special Report. It is clearly written – an authoritative summary of the science, and easy to understand.

The first main chapter deals with changes to the climate and focuses much attention on global temperatures. When most people think of climate change, they think of the global temperature – specifically the temperature…

2017-12-06 06:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, November 27 - December 3, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

Figure is from paper #38.

Climate change impacts

1. Phenotypic plasticity and climate change: can polar bears respond to longer Arctic summers with an adaptive fast?

"We found that bears on shore maintained lipid and protein stores by scavenging on bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) carcasses from human harvest, while those…

2017-12-05 21:17   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

Climate Change Panel Talks ‘Hope and Despair’

David Wallace-Wells, Cam Webb, Nancy Knowlton, and Nikhil Advani speak Wednesday evening at a panel discussion hosted by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. AMY Y. LI

Climate change researchers, professors, and…

2017-12-02 15:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, November 20-26, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

Figure is from paper #6.

Climate change

1. Acceleration in the global mean sea level rise: 2005-2015

"Our results show that the acceleration during the last decade (0.27 ± 0.17 mm/yr2) is about three times faster than its value during 1993–2014. The acceleration comes from three factors, i.e. 0.04 ± 0.01 mm/yr2 (~15%) by land…

2017-12-01 21:28   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: There once was a polar bear – science vs the blogosphere

This is a re-post from My View on Climate Change

Blogs on which man-made climate change and its impacts are downplayed are far removed from the scientific literature. That is the conclusion of a new article in Bioscience in which a variety of blogs was compared with the scientific literature regarding the shrinking Arctic sea ice and the impact on polar bears.

Although there is strong…

2017-11-30 06:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: American leaders should read their official climate science report

The United States Global Change Research Program recently released a report on the science of climate change and its causes. The report is available for anyone to read; it was prepared by top scientists, and it gives an overview of the most up to date science.

If you want to understand climate change and a single document that summarizes what we know, this is your chance. This report is…

2017-11-27 06:41   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #47

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

Should a healthy environment be a human right? These Norwegians think so

Greenpeace and the environmental group Youth and Nature are suing the Norwegian Government for granting Arctic oil drilling licenses.

Their argument is based on an article in the Norwegian…

2017-11-25 16:19   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, November 13-19, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

The Canadian hockey stick shown above in blue is from paper #17.

Climate change mitigation

1. Warning signs for stabilizing global CO 2 emissions

"Carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions from fossil fuels and industry comprise ~90% of all CO 2 emissions from human activities. For the last three years, such emissions were stable,…

2017-11-24 21:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change

The latest climate change survey from Yale and George Mason Universities is out, and it shows that Americans are still poorly-informed about the causes of global warming. Only 54% understand that it’s mostly human-caused, while 33% incorrectly believe global warming is due mainly to natural factors.

In fact, a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports developed a real-time global…

2017-11-20 06:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #46

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Story of the Week...

UN Climate Talks Wrap Up with World Leaving Trump Behind

‘However much Trump wants to take us backward on climate change, the rest of the world — and the rest of the U.S. — is intent on moving…

2017-11-19 18:19   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #46

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

‘Planet at a crossroads’: climate summit makes progress but leaves much to do

The UN negotiations in Bonn lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, but tough decisions lay ahead

Representatives of Act Alliance hand out chocolate coins, promoting the need…

2017-11-18 16:18   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, November 6-12, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

The figure is from paper #32.

Climate change impacts

1. Nitrogen availability dampens the positive impacts of CO2 fertilization on terrestrial ecosystem carbon and water cycles

"Results suggest that the rate of global GPP increase is overestimated by 85% during 2000-2015 without N limitation. This limitation is found to occur…

2017-11-17 21:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: An Inconvenient Sequel – the science, history, and politics of climate change

Al Gore’s new movie ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ is, in some ways, similar to his groundbreaking Inconvenient Truth project, but different in other ways. Those key differences are why I recommend you watch it.

This movie successfully accomplishes a number of interweaving tasks. First, it gives some of the science of climate change. Gore gets his science right. I remember his first movie, which I…

2017-11-15 06:35   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #45

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

Conservatives probably can’t be persuaded on climate change. So now what?

One more round of “messaging” won’t do it.

When it comes to climate change, US conservatives inhabit a unique position, as part of the only major political party in the democratic world to reject the…

2017-11-11 16:55   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, October 30 - November 5, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

The graph is from paper #80.

Climate change

1. Observed warming over northern South America has an anthropogenic origin

"Results indicate that the recently observed warming in the dry seasons is well beyond the range of natural (internal) variability. In the wet season the natural modes of variability explain a substantial…

2017-11-10 11:00   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: “Toasted, roasted and grilled” or already over the hump?

Last week news stories came out that said that global human carbon emissions may have peaked, essentially implying that we could already be over the hump and on the way to solving climate change—while other news stories that same day and in that same publication noted that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations jumped by a record amount in 2016. These stories exemplify the emotional roller…

2017-11-09 06:28   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Rapid CO2 cuts could allow some cool-water corals to adapt to global warming

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Daisy Dunne

Some of the world’s most diverse coral reefs are found in cooler parts of the tropics. These corals may be able to adapt to rising temperatures if future greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced, a new study suggests.

The modelling study simulates the effect of climate change on the survival of one population of a single coral species…

2017-11-08 06:55   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change?

What do Jellyfish teach us about climate change?

A lot. At least that’s what I learned after reading a very recent paper out in the journal Global Climate Change. The article, “Ocean acidification alters zooplankton communities and increases top-down pressure of a cubazoan predator,” was authored by an international team of scientists – the paper looks at impacts of climate change on life in…

2017-11-07 06:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #44

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

There’s a huge gap between the Paris climate change goals and reality

Current pledges are about a third of what’s needed.

Coal-fired power plant in Wyoming

n 2015 in Paris, the countries of the world agreed to hold the rise in global average temperatures to “well below 2°C…

2017-11-04 17:18   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, October 23-29, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below.

(Figure is from paper #16.)

Climate change mitigation

1. Geophysical potential for wind energy over the open oceans

"Wind speeds over open ocean areas are often higher than those in the windiest areas over land, which has motivated a quest to develop technologies that could harvest wind energy in deep water environments.…

2017-11-03 09:26   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Why people around the world fear climate change more than Americans do

Gregory J. Carbone, Professor of Geography, University of South Carolina

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

When asked about major threats to their country, Europeans are more likely than Americans to cite global climate change, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. Just 56 percent of Americans see climate change as a major threat,…

2017-11-02 05:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Greenhouse gas concentrations surge to new record

via the WMO

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800 000 years, according to the World Meteorological Organization's Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The abrupt changes in the atmosphere witnessed in the past 70 years are without precedent.

Globally averaged concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up…

2017-11-01 05:33   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets

Over the past half-century, growth in the global economy and carbon pollution have been tied together. When the global economy has been strong, we’ve consumed more energy, which has translated into burning more fossil fuels and releasing more carbon pollution. But over the past four years, economic growth and carbon dioxide emissions have been decoupled. The global economy has continued to…

2017-10-30 05:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #43

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick

Coal use must 'pretty much' be gone by 2050 to curb sea-level rise, researchers say

Warming waters are melting the Antarctic ice sheets from below. Photo: APT

Coal use will have to be "pretty much" gone by mid-century if the planet is to avoid sea-level rise of more than a…

2017-10-28 17:44   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Interpreting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C temperature limit

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief

Dr Joeri Rogelj is a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and a coordinating lead author of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5C. Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner is head of climate science and impacts at Climate Analytics, and is on the steering committee of the initiative Half a degree Additional…

2017-10-27 06:35   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, October 16-22, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Each week there are new research papers from all over the world. To illustrate this, the figure below shows the rough study locations of this week's papers (those who express their study location clearly in the abstract or in the title).

Climate change impacts

1. Drier climate shifts leaf morphology in Amazonian trees

"When…

2017-10-26 12:04   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: What does a sexist Google engineer teach us about women in science?

What does a sexist Google engineer teach us about women in science?

Nothing.

That’s the short answer, but it deserves some commentary. In early August, a young Google computer engineer made lots of news in the US when he penned a manifesto that many described as sexist and which led to his firing. The memo was written as a backlash against efforts to improve diversity in the workplace.…

2017-10-25 09:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?

According to a new study published by Yale scientists in Environmental Research Letters, Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average. This result is consistent with a survey from last year that also found Americans are willing to pay an average of $15 to $20 per month to combat climate change. Another…

2017-10-23 06:43   Click to comment


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