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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.

Recent Articles

Skeptical Science: New research, April 9-15, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

1. Pathways limiting warming to 1.5°C: a tale of turning around in no time? (open access)

2. Climate change and technology: examining opinion formation of geoengineering

3. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: A systematic review of methods for nexus assessment (open access)

4. What is the potential of…

2018-04-20 21:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Glacier loss is accelerating because of global warming

With global warming, we can make predictions and then take measurements to test those predictions. One prediction (a pretty obvious one) is that a warmer world will have less snow and ice. In particular, areas that have year-round ice and snow will start to melt.

Alpine glaciers are large bodies of ice that can be formed high in mountains, typically in bowls called cirques. The ice slowly…

2018-04-18 06:32   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate Science Denial Explained: Tactics of Denial

Continued from Part 1

What they decline to understand

Thousands of climate scientists are working on all kinds of interesting subjects, from glaciology to oceanography to ecology to atmospheric physics. Some pseudo-skeptics don't understand that and seem to have no inkling of what climate scientists actually do.

Others, however, do understand that there's a large and sometimes-maybe-legitimate…

2018-04-17 18:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #15

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say

Other research this week showed that Greenland’s massive…

2018-04-14 17:34   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, April 2-8, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

1. Vulnerabilities and resilience of European power generation to 1.5 °C, 2 °C and 3 °C warming (open access)

"Results show that climate change has negative impacts on electricity production in most countries and for most technologies. Such impacts remain limited for a 1.5 °C warming, and…

2018-04-13 22:08   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate Science Denial Explained

Lonnie Thompson, a climate scientist, was told by his doctor that he needed a heart transplant.

He denied it. “You’re crazy! I’ve been climbing the highest mountains in the world for…” he paused, mentally counted the decades.

Lonnie loved his job. He hiked up to mountain glaciers at 20,000 feet, to retrieve ice cores with the help of a solar-powered drill. He felt fine — it’s just asthma,…

2018-04-11 18:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New resource: The Fact-Myth-Fallacy slide-deck

Many of you will already be familiar with the Fact-Myth-Fallacy structure of a successful debunking. For a refresher, John Cook's post about "Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation" is a good primer on the topic.

As examples for how to make use of this structure, we have short debunkings of many of the myths covered in our MOOC Denial101x readily available on an

2018-04-09 06:15   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14

Opinion of the Week... Opinion 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... Solar geoengineering ‘too uncertain to go ahead yet’

The world must urgently agree controls on solar geoengineering to weigh up its possible risks and benefits before…

2018-04-08 17:56   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick March is 3rd warmest on record, many contrasts

March 2018 was the third warmest on record, according to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change service.

Although not as exceptional as the values for March 2016 and March 2017, it…

2018-04-07 18:14   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, March 26 - April 1, 2018

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

Climate change

1. Consistency of climate change projections from multiple global and regional model intercomparison projects

2. Uncertainty in projected climate change arising from uncertain fossil-fuel emission factors (open access)

3. Skillful climate forecasts of the tropical Indo-Pacific Ocean using model-analogs

2018-04-06 21:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: American conservatives are still clueless about the 97% expert climate consensus

Gallup released its annual survey on American perceptions about global warming last week, and the results were a bit discouraging. While 85–90% of Democrats are worried about global warming, realize humans are causing it, and are aware that most scientists agree on this, independents and Republicans are a different story. Only 35% of Republicans and 62% of independents realize humans are…

2018-04-05 06:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Skeptical Science at EGU 2018

Next week, about 14,000 scientists will meet in Vienna, Austria for the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018. Skeptical Science will make an appearance in a few of the thousands of sessions held from April 9 to 13.

Here are the sessions with SkS involvement:

Stephan Lewandowsky, Kevin Cowtan and Ari Jokimäki are co-authors for an oral presentation given by Stefan Rahmstorf on…

2018-04-04 15:06   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Scientists examine threats to food security if we meet the Paris climate targets

We have delayed action for so long on handling climate change, we now can no longer can “will it happen?” Rather we have to ask “how bad will it be?” and “what can be done about it?” As our society thinks about what we should do to reduce our carbon pollution and the consequences of electing science-denying politicians, scientists are actively studying the pros and cons of various emission…

2018-04-03 06:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: On climate change, zero-sum thinking doesn't work

Joseph Robertson is Global Strategy Director for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Founder and President of the Geoversiv Foundation, and lead strategist in the Resilience Intel initiative.

Democracy is not a zero-sum game. Behaving as if it is degrades democratic process and our personal political sovereignty.

A zero-sum game is a contest for control of finite resources. Whatever one gains, another…

2018-04-02 06:31   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Stanford law and science experts discuss court case that could set precedent for climate change litigation

A closely watched federal trial pitting two cities against major oil companies has taken surprising and unorthodox turns. Stanford researchers examine the case, which…

2018-03-31 18:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, March 19-25, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #80.

Climate change mitigation

1. Unlikely pioneers: creative climate change policymaking in smaller U.S. cities

"I find that local leaders reframe climate change action as a way to save money and attract economic development. Personal environmental ethics drive small town leaders to reduce greenhouse…

2018-03-30 12:02   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: How could global warming accelerate if CO2 is 'logarithmic'?

After publishing my experiences talking to science 'dismissives' (or 'skeptics', or whatever you'd like to call them) and then participating in the excellent Denial101x course, I was invited to join the volunteer team at SkepticalScience last year.

But before all that, one of the dismissives drew my attention to a climate science paradox:

Scientists agree that the greenhouse effect is…

2018-03-28 15:53   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Students from KMIDS college in Bangkok posting comments

You may have noticed comments in several threads which seem to have come a bit out of the blue. We were wondering the same and found out that the comments are related to a climate change related class activitiy originating from King Mongkut's International Demonstration School (KMIDS) in Bangkok, Thailand. If you read the students' comments, please be aware that English is not their native…

2018-03-27 20:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic 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... Taking Greenhouse Gases from the Sky: 7 Things to Know About Carbon Removal Restoring degraded landscapes like this one in Costa Rica is a natural way…

2018-03-25 19:32   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #12

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom

Last spring, science teachers across the nation began receiving unsolicited packages containing classroom materials from a libertarian group that rejects the scientific consensus on…

2018-03-24 16:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, March 12-18, 2018

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

The Figure is from paper #16.

Climate change impacts

Mankind

1. Inundation of a low-lying urban atoll island: Majuro, Marshall Islands

"The ocean-facing shorelines of Majuro experience frequent inundation caused by swell waves generated by distant storms from both the north and the south Pacific Ocean. In some instances,…

2018-03-23 21:00   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Web of Power: Cambridge Analytica and the Climate Science Denial Network Lobbying for Brexit and Trump

This is a re-post from DeSmogUK by Mat Hope

It has been a heck of a few days in the spotlight for Cambridge Analytica — a ‘political consultancy’ that confesses it likes to operate in the shadows.

Revelations continue to emerge about its practices, including allegations of illegal use of Facebook data and corrupting foreign elections.

While the company denies any illegal behaviour, what we do…

2018-03-22 05:58   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Global warming to date could ‘obliterate’ a third of glacier ice

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Robert McSweeney

The warming the world has already experienced could be enough to melt more than a third of the world’s glaciers outside Antarctica and Greenland – regardless of current efforts to reduce emissions.

That is the stark conclusion of a new study, which analyses the lag between global temperature rise and the retreat of glaciers.

The…

2018-03-21 05:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: John Kelly shut down Pruitt’s climate denial ‘red team,’ but they have a Plan B

In 2007, the US Supreme Court ruled that carbon dioxide is an air pollutant, which means that if it poses a threat to public health or welfare, the EPA must regulate it under the Clean Air Act. In 2009, the EPA completed its review of the climate science literature and correctly concluded in its Endangerment Findingthat carbon pollution poses such a threat via climate change. That document is…

2018-03-19 05:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #11

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick 5 reasons the Arctic’s extremely warm winter should alarm you

You can see dramatic climate change impacts even in the dead of Arctic winter.

This polar bear is alarmed. LightRocket via Getty Images

Cape Morris Jesup in Greenland is just about the northernmost piece of…

2018-03-17 18:08   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 70% of king penguins could ‘abruptly relocate or disappear’ by 2100

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

The arduous journey that king penguins must make in order to hunt fish to bring back to their young could become even longer as the climate warms, research suggests.

The study finds that future ocean warming in Antarctica could drive the penguins’ primary hunting grounds further poleward – away from their favoured breeding spots.

If little is…

2018-03-16 05:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, March 5-11, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #57.

Climate change

1. Insights into Atmospheric Predictability Through Global Convection-Permitting Model Simulations

2. Dynamical core in atmospheric model does matter in the simulation of Arctic climate

Extreme events

3. Changes in tropical cyclone activity in north Indian Ocean during satellite…

2018-03-15 21:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax

Facing the reality of human-caused warming, we now look for ways to reduce the problem so that future generations will not inherit a disaster. So, what can we do now to help the future?

The easiest answer is to use energy more wisely and quit wasting our precious resources. Second, we can increase our use of clean energy, particularly wind and solar power. These are great starts but we will…

2018-03-14 06:01   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #10

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Climate change threatens ability of insurers to manage risk

Extreme weather is driving up uninsured losses and insurers must use investments to fund global warming resilience, says study

Severe flooding in Carlisle, north-west England, December 2015. Photograph: Andrew…

2018-03-10 15:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, February 26 - March 4, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #57.

Climate change mitigation

1. How modifications of China's energy data affect carbon mitigation targets

"After revision, China's mitigation challenges increase by 5%."

2. The contribution of sectoral climate change mitigation options to national targets: a quantitative assessment of dairy…

2018-03-09 21:41   Click to comment


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