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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: Ocean Temperature - Part 2

Ocean Temperature – Part 2

We are coming back to the topic of sea-surface temperature measurements, which we have taken on in the article “Ocean Temperature – Part 1”. This time, we will discuss issues concerning satellite measurements.

Pictet Mirrors

Figure 1: Pictet’s experiment with cold and warm emission. Source: Evans and Popp, 1984.

Around 1800, Marc-Auguste Pictet performed an…

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Skeptical Science: Comprehensive study: carbon taxes won't hamper the economy

Eleven teams participated in a recent Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) project, examining the economic and environmental impacts of a carbon tax. The studies included “revenue recycling,” in which the funds generated from a carbon tax are returned to taxpayers either through regular household rebate checks (similar to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby [CCL] and Climate Leadership Council [CLC]

2018-07-16 05:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Heat Records Falling Around the World in 2018 Above: A sampling of all-time high temperatures reported around the world in 2018 thus far, rounded to the nearest degree Fahrenheit. Most of these were set in late June and early July (see details below). The reading of 51.3°C…

2018-07-14 15:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Rising ocean waters from global warming could cost trillions of dollars

Ocean waters are rising because of global warming. They are rising for two reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, ice is melting. There is a tremendous amount of ice locked away in Greenland, Antarctica, and in glaciers. As the world warms, that ice melts and the liquid water flows to the oceans.

The other reason why water is rising is that warmer water is less dense – it expands. This…

2018-07-12 05:38   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Ocean Temperature - Part 1

How have we measured the temperature of the ocean’s upper layer in the last 150 years? How does understanding physical processes and observational errors help to standardise climate data and understand climate change?

Why do we measure ocean temperature?

Figure 1: Convective clouds over the Western Pacific. Source: NOAA.

In the tropical atmosphere, tall clouds such as those shown in Figure 1…

2018-07-10 08:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #27

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Story of the Week... Global warming may be twice what climate models predict Sunset. Credit: Patrik Linderstam, Unsplash

Future global warming may eventually be twice as warm as projected by climate models and sea levels may rise six…

2018-07-08 21:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Climate change will get a whole lot worse before it gets better, according to game theory A firefighter douses flames from a backfire in San Andreas, California, Getty Images /Josh Edelson

It’s going to get a lot worse before it gets any better. According to new research…

2018-07-07 14:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, June 25 - July 1, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Quantifying transnational climate impact exposure: New perspectives on the global distribution of climate risk

The effects of increasing surface reflectivity on heat-related mortality in Greater Montreal Area, Canada

Synthesis and Review: an inter-method comparison of climate change impacts on…

2018-07-06 20:33   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Declare energy independence with carbon dividends

Taking action on climate is about a lot more than our energy economy. Climate disruption is the leading threat to our built environment, an accelerant of armed conflict, and a leading cause of mass migration. Its effects intensify and prolong storms, droughts, wildfires, and floods — resulting in the US spending as much on disaster management in 2017 as in the three decades from 1980 to 2010.

2018-07-05 07:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Future projections of Antarctic ice shelf melting

This is a re-post from ClimateSight

Climate change will increase ice shelf melt rates around Antarctica. That’s the not-very-surprising conclusion of my latest modelling study, done in collaboration with both Australian and German researchers, which was just published in Journal of Climate. Here’s the less intuitive result: much of the projected increase in melt rates is actually linked to a…

2018-07-03 05:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Republicans try to save their deteriorating party with another push for a carbon tax

The Republican Party is rotting away. The problem is that GOP policies just aren’t popular. Most Americans unsurprisingly oppose climate denial, tax cuts for the wealthy, and putting children (including toddlers) in concentration camps, for example.

The Republican Party has thus far managed to continue winning elections by creating “a coalition between racists and plutocrats,” as Paul Krugman…

2018-07-02 05:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick A city in Oman just posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded: 109 degrees Above: MODIS satellite image from June 26, 2018 shows clear weather over Oman on the day the 24-hour world high-minimum temperature record was set at Quriyat, Oman. Image credit:…

2018-06-30 16:03   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, June 18-24, 2018

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

Climate change

On the Time of Emergence of Tropical Width Change

Modeling the climate and carbon systems to estimate the social cost of carbon

Temperature, precipitation, wind

On the linearity of local and regional temperature changes from 1.5°C to 2°C of global warming

Changes in climate extremes over West and Central Africa…

2018-06-29 20:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: What happened last time it was as warm as it’s going to get later this century?

This is a re-post from Ars Technica

"What's past is prologue"- Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The year 2100 stands like a line of checkered flags at the climate change finish line, as if all our goals expire then. But like the warning etched on a car mirror: it’s closer than it appears. Kids born today will be grandparents when most climate projections end.

And yet, the climate won’t stop changing…

2018-06-28 05:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Trump should inspire us all, but not in the way you might guess

Scientists like me – and really, everyone – can learn from President Donald Trump’s mastery of viral messaging.

True, he has turned the United States into a pariah nation, one reviled for ripping immigrant children from their parents and from withdrawing from our only real chance at stabilizing the climate, the Paris Accord.

But Trump’s success at creating and maintaining a political base is…

2018-06-27 05:37   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 30 years later, deniers are still lying about Hansen’s amazing global warming prediction

30 years ago, James Hansen testified to Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change. In his testimony, Hansen showed the results of his 1988 study using a climate model to project future global warming under three possible scenarios, ranging from ‘business as usual’ heavy pollution in his Scenario A to ‘draconian emissions cuts’ in Scenario C, with a moderate Scenario B in…

2018-06-25 05:51   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick 2018 Arctic sea ice melt season just got a big headstart Pack ice after sunset in East Greenland near Kulusuk. Predicting the Arctic September minimum in advance remains beyond science’s predictive capabilities. However, signs so far this year indicate the possibility for…

2018-06-23 15:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, June 11-17, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

Climate Hypocrisies: A Comparative Study of News Discourse

What makes them believe in the low-carbon energy transition? Exploring corporate perceptions of the credibility of climate policy mixes (open access)

Analyzing the factors that influence U.S. public support for…

2018-06-22 20:20   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Life after PhD

This is a re-post from ClimateSight

To continue my tradition of trying out all the Commonwealth countries, since my last post I have moved to the UK and begun a postdoc at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. The UK is far nicer than Australians will lead you to believe – there are indeed sunny days, and gorgeous coastline, and great wildlife. None of these things are quite at Australian…

2018-06-20 05:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #24

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Story of the Week... Uncovering the Mental Health Crisis of Climate Change Source: Pexels

The young man believed he only had five years to live. “Not because he was sick,” said Kate…

2018-06-17 15:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #24

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick In a Warming World, Deadly Bacteria Are More Resistant to Antibiotics E. coli bacteria. Source: NIAID

Tom Patterson became ill in 2015 while vacationing in Egypt. He was felled by Acinetobacter baumannii, an often deadly bacterium resistant to every antibiotic his doctors…

2018-06-16 15:39   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, June 4-10, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

The Inequality of Climate Change From 1.5 to 2°C of Global Warming (open access)

"The Paris Agreement aims to keep global warming well below 2°C above preindustrial levels with a preferred ambitious 1.5°C target. Developing countries, especially small island nations, pressed for the 1.5°C target…

2018-06-15 20:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The legal fight to leave the dirtiest fossil fuels in the ground

Tar sands are the dirtiest fossil fuels. These are low-quality heavy tar-like oils that are mined from sand or rock. Much of the mining occurs in Alberta Canada, but it is also mined elsewhere, in lesser quantities.

Tar sands are the worst. Not only are they really hard to get out of the ground, requiring enormous amounts of energy; not only are they difficult to transport and to refine; not…

2018-06-14 05:36   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Benefits of curbing climate change far outweigh costs

Those who oppose policies to cut carbon pollution and slow climate change always claim that doing so will be too expensive and cripple the economy. They argue that instead we should maximize economic growth so that we can pay for climate damages and adaptation in the future. It’s an argument helped by the fact that models have essentially treated economic growth as an external factor that…

2018-06-12 05:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #23

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Artificial Intelligence—A Game Changer for Climate Change and the Environment AI is continually improving climate models. Photo: Los Alamos National Lab

As the planet continues to warm, climate change impacts are worsening. In 2016, there were 772 weather and disaster…

2018-06-09 16:41   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, May 28 - June 3, 2018

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

Climate change

Overcoming early career barriers to interdisciplinary climate change research

Projected climate over the Greater Horn of Africa under 1.5 °C and 2 °C global warming (open access)

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Analysis of past changes in wet bulb temperature in relation to snow making conditions based on long…

2018-06-08 18:18   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Tiny shrimp could influence global climate changes

When we think of global warming and climate change, most of us ignore the impacts that animals have on the environment. Climate affects animals, but is the reverse true? Can animals affect the climate?

I don’t know how to answer that question definitively, but I was fortunate enough to read a very recent paper from a top fluid dynamics research team from Stanford. The team, led by Dr. John…

2018-06-07 05:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate Science blogs around the world

After recently publishing an article about Climate Science websites around the world, some suggestions came in via comments or emails to add more sites to the post. But, these were mostly for blogs instead of full-fledged websites so they didn't quite fit the focus of that earlier post. So, here is the companion article introducing non-English blogs focused on climate science around the world.

2018-06-07 02:03   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The latest weak attacks on EVs and solar panels

Over the past two weeks, media attacks on solar panels and electric vehicles have been followed by Trump administration policies aimed at boosting their fossil fueled rivals.

Efforts to undermine solar power

The first salvo came via a Forbes article written by Michael Shellenberger, who’s running a doomed campaign for California governor and really loves nuclear power. Shellenberger’s critique…

2018-06-04 05:44   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #22

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... SkS in the News... Scholarly Paper of Note... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week... Gov. Brown says fallout from Trump quitting Paris accord is 'far more serious than anyone is saying' California Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the…

2018-06-03 19:56   Click to comment


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