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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: Yale Climate Connections: America's beacon of climate science awareness

This is an unabashed endorsement of an important group. I have no affiliation with them or conflict of interest. They are great, period.

The ability to convey complex climate science to a wide-ranging audience is a golden attribute, something very few can achieve. This characteristic makes the Yale Climate Connections group unique.

The Yale Climate Connections effort comprises several…

2017-08-14 06:34   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #32

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick NOAA confirms 2016 as hottest year on record for the planet

The federal government confirmed 2016 as the planet's warmest year on record, according to a report released Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The combined influence of long-term…

2017-08-12 19:05   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: SkS Resources - Easy to remember Short URLs

Many of you will - hopefully! - be aware of the short URLs included on the Fixed-number list which lead to our rebuttals. They all have the format of "http://sks.to/" + [key word]. So, if you know that the key word for the rebuttal to "It's the sun" is "sun", you can build the link quickly by combining our short link and the key word to http://sks.to/sun. These short URLs come in handy on…

2017-08-09 09:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

Fossil fuels have two major problems that paint a dim picture for their future energy dominance. These problems are inter-related but still should be discussed separately. First, they cause climate change. We know that, we’ve known it for decades, and we know that continued use of fossil fuels will cause enormous worldwide economic and social consequences.

Second, fossil fuels are expensive. 2017-08-07 06:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Underground magma triggered Earth’s worst mass extinction with greenhouse gases

Coincidence doesn’t prove causality, as they say, but when the same two things happen together over and over again through the vast span of geological time, there must be a causal link. Of some 18 major and minor mass extinctions since the dawn of complex life, most happened at the same time as a rare, epic volcanic phenomenon called a Large Igneous Province (LIP). Many of those extinctions

2017-08-01 06:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #30

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

Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution

Coal only makes global poverty worse.

Villagers carry illegally scavenged coal from an open-cast coal mine in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, India, on December 6, 2014. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images)

A recent paper

2017-07-29 17:28   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: A profile of award-winning climate scientist Kevin Trenberth

The American Geophysical Union - the pre-eminent organization of Earth scientists - presents annual awards to celebrate the achievements of scientists. The awards, which are often named after famous historical scientists, reflect the contributions to science in the area of the award namesake. With the 2017 award winners just announced, it’s appropriate to showcase one of the winners here.

The…

2017-07-27 06:35   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Trump pulled out the oil industry playbook and players for Paris

Dr. Benjamin Franta is a doctoral student in history at Stanford University. He has a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University and is a former research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Since President Trump announced on June 1 that the U.S. would cease implementation of the Paris Agreement, pundits have argued…

2017-07-26 06:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

In the Paris climate treaty, nearly every world country agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, and preferably closer to 1.5°C. But a new study published in Nature Climate Change notes that the agreement didn’t define when “pre-industrial” begins.

Our instrumental measurements of the Earth’s average surface temperature begin in the…

2017-07-24 07:14   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

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

The Planet Is Warming. And It's Okay to Be Afraid

Why being fearful can be part of a healthy, heroic response to the climate crisis

Climate warriors from around the world, like those facing rising seas in the Pacific islands, have turned the fear of lost homes and future…

2017-07-22 17:57   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Is energy 'dominance' the right goal for US policy?

Daniel Raimi, Senior research associate (Resources for the Future), Lecturer (University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy), University of Michigan

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

In recent weeks, a new energy buzzword has taken flight from Washington, D.C., making stops in Alaska, North Dakota, Texas, Utah and more: “American energy…

2017-07-18 06:53   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Surrendering to fear brought us climate change denial and President Trump

This story picks up where an earlier post left off a few weeks ago. Then, I discussed some of the political realities associated with inaction on climate change. In that post, I said I would revisit the question of why so many people deny the evidence of a changing climate. Now is the time for that discussion.

What continually befuddles people who work on climate change is the vehement and 2017-07-17 06:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #28

Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Story of the Week...

Seven charts show why the IEA thinks coal investment has already peaked

Global investment in coal-fired power plants is set to decline “dramatically” after passing an…

2017-07-16 21:05   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 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

Today’s Extreme Heat May Become Norm Within a Decade

When 2015 blew the record for hottest year out of the water, it made headlines around the world. But a heat record that was so remarkable only two years ago will be just another year by 2040 at the latest, and possibly…

2017-07-15 19:11   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Study: On climate change and elsewhere, politicians more conservative than citizens

Academics have identified a skew in American politics, in which policies that are implemented are much more conservative than average Americans prefer. A new paper by David Broockman at Stanford University and Christopher Skovron from the University of Michigan suggests a cause for this disparity: American politicians perceive their constituents’ positions as more conservative than they are in…

2017-07-14 07:57   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #27

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

Story of the Week...

The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The internal combustion engine had a good run. It has helped propel cars — and thus humanity — forward for more than 100 years.

But a sea…

2017-07-09 22:15   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 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

G20 closes with rebuke to Trump's climate change stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel closed the G20 summit in Hamburg with a rebuke to President Donald Trump's stance on climate change, but the group of the world's economic leaders appeared to make a concession on his…

2017-07-08 20:37   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #26

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...

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania. Credit: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization…

2017-07-02 22:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 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

Mission 2020: A new global strategy to ‘rapidly’ reduce carbon emissions

Figure from Figueres et al. (2017)

In April, a new global initiative called Mission 2020 was launched by Christiana Figueres, the former UN climate chief who oversaw the signing of the Paris Agreement…

2017-07-01 17:30   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Trump fact check: Climate policy benefits vastly exceed costs

When people who benefit from maintaining the status quo argue against climate policies, they invariably use two misleading tactics: exaggerating the costs of climate policies, and ignoring their benefits—economic and otherwise. In justifying his historically irresponsible decision to withdraw America from the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Trump followed this same playbook,…

2017-06-30 06:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: SkS Analogy 9 - The greenhouse effect is a stack of blankets

Tag Line

The greenhouse effect is like a stack of blankets on a winter night.

Elevator Statements More blankets = more warmth: The greenhouse effect is like blankets warming the Earth. If it is -18°C (0°F) in your bedroom, you need a few blankets to keep yourself warm. More blankets = more warming. Too many blankets and you sweat. So the point is that the greenhouse effect is a good thing, up…

2017-06-29 08:53   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate scientists just debunked deniers' favorite argument

Whenever they hold one of their frequent hearings to reject and deny established climate science, congressional Republicans invariably trot out contrarian scientist John Christy, who disputes the accuracy of climate models. In doing so, Christy uses a cherry-picked, error riddled chart, but there’s a nugget of truth in his argument. Although the discrepancy isn’t nearly as large as Christy’s…

2017-06-28 06:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: We are heading for the warmest climate in half a billion years

Gavin Foster, Professor of Isotope Geochemistry, University of Southampton; Dana Royer, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wesleyan University, and Dan Lunt, Professor of Climate Science, University of Bristol

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

Carbon dioxide concentrations are heading towards values not seen in the past 200m…

2017-06-27 06:59   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New study confirms the oceans are warming rapidly

As humans put ever more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth heats up. These are the basics of global warming. But where does the heat go? How much extra heat is there? And how accurate are our measurements? These are questions that climate scientists ask. If we can answer these questions, it will better help us prepare for a future with a very different climate. It will also…

2017-06-26 06:22   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 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

From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots

Global warming will not affect everyone equally. Here we look at seven key regions to see how each is tackling the consequences of climate change

Mapping the world’s climate hot spots and…

2017-06-24 17:09   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Claiming that Listerine alleviates cold symptoms is false: To repeat or not to repeat the myth during debunking?

With terms such as “post-truth” and “fake news” becoming increasingly prominent in the media and public discourse, the ability to effectively correct inaccurate information has never been more pertinent. Unfortunately, the task of correcting misinformation is far from trivial. In many instances, issuing corrections remains only partially effective and people often continue to rely on outdated…

2017-06-22 10:17   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: To lead on climate, leave the ivy tower

America’s top universities expend considerable efforts to lead in the rankings, but last week they fell short—missing a critical opportunity to show moral leadership on climate change. If top schools want to lead on climate action, they should join the “We Are Still In” coalition, a collection of states, cities, businesses, and universities promising to support the Paris Climate Agreement.

2017-06-21 06:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 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

Warm Waters in West Antarctica

A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes the atmospheric and oceanic processes that are causing ice loss in the Antarctic.

Thwaites Glacier flows out into the Amundsen Sea Embayment where it floats on the seawater. The underside is…

2017-06-17 18:09   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: SkS Analogy 8 - I'll take the specialist

Tag Line

I’ll take the specialist, please.

Elevator Statement

Your child has an eye injury and needs a doctor. Who are you going to call?

A Ph.D. in chemistry? No, you need a medical doctor. A family-practice medical doctor? No, you need an eye doctor. Any eye doctor? No, you need an eye doctor who does surgery. Any eye surgeon? No, an experienced eye surgeon.

Because this is your child’s eye,…

2017-06-15 19:52   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research may resolve a climate ‘conundrum’ across the history of human civilization

Earth’s last ice age ended about 12,000 years ago. The warmer and more stable climate the followed allowed for the development of agriculture and the rise of human civilization. This important period encompassing the past 12,000 years is referred to as the Holocene geological epoch. It also created a “conundrum” for climate scientists, because global temperatures simulated by climate models…

2017-06-14 06:27   Click to comment


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