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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 #42

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September 2017: Earth's 4th Warmest September on Record

The deadliest weather-related disaster of September was Hurricane Irma, which killed 80 people in the…

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Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #42

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

New Fire Danger Threatens to Worsen Most Disastrous Wildfire Season in California History

A firefighter holds a water hose while fighting a wildfire Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. Image credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez.

A record-breaking heat wave will…

2017-10-21 17:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, October 9-15, 2017

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

The figure is from paper #79.

Climate change

1. Channelized Melting Drives Thinning Under a Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf

"High-resolution altimetry measurements from 2010 to 2016 show that Dotson Ice Shelf (DIS), West Antarctica, thins in response to basal melting focused along a single 5 km-wide and 60 km-long channel…

2017-10-20 11:02   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: CliFi – A new way to talk about climate change

Cli-Fi refers to “climate fiction;” it is a term coined by journalist Dan Bloom. These are fictional books that somehow or someway bring real climate change science to the reader. What is really interesting is that Cli-Fi books often present real science in a credible way. They become fun teaching tools. There are some really well known authors such as Paolo Bacigalupi and Margaret Atwood

2017-10-18 06:31   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The war on coal is over. Coal lost.

Last week, Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt announced, “the war on coal is over.” If there ever was a war on coal, the coal industry has lost. According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, many old American coal power plants are being retired or converted to natural gas, and new coal power plants aren’t being built because they’ve become more expensive than natural…

2017-10-16 06:51   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41

Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Story of the Week...

Firefight in Sonoma County reaches second week as flames force thousands to evacuate

Firefighters from Compton put a scratch and wet line around a fire on Lovall Valley Road…

2017-10-15 19:24   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #41

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

Record Amazon fires stun scientists; sign of sick, degraded forests

If climate change continues to worsen unchecked, and forest degradation continues unabated, then unstoppable Amazon mega-fires could be seen in this century; such fires would greatly increase the release…

2017-10-14 17:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, October 2-8, 2017

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

Climate change

1. Comment on “Scrutinizing the carbon cycle and CO2 residence time in the atmosphere” by H. Harde

"As we will show, this alternative scheme is too simple, is based on invalid assumptions, and does not address many of the key processes involved in the global carbon cycle that are important on the timescale of…

2017-10-13 07:37   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Despite Trump, American companies are still investing in renewable energy

After the election of Donald Trump, many of us in the climate and energy fields were rightfully fearful. What would happen to international agreements to cut greenhouse gases? What would happen to funding for climate research? What would happen to the green energy revolution?

In most instances, Trump is worse than we could have imagined. But in one special area, Trump may not matter. That is…

2017-10-11 06:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Trump’s plan to bail out failing fossil fuels with taxpayer subsidies is perverse

The conservative philosophy of allowing an unregulated free market to operate unfettered often seems to fall by the wayside when the Republican Party’s industry allies are failing to compete in the marketplace. Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently provided a stark example of this philosophical flexibility when he proposed to effectively pull the failing coal industry out of the…

2017-10-09 06:30   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #40

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

International concern as US moves to end clean power plan

US and Chinese presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping found common ground on climate change after the US announced the clean power plan (Pic: White House/Flickr)

News that the Trump administration will move to…

2017-10-07 19:05   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, September 25 - October 1, 2017

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

Climate change

1. Diurnal Cycle Variability of Surface Temperature Inferred from AIRS data

"...it is found that the DTR of the surface (skin) temperature over the global Earth has a temporal small positive trend in the decade of the AIRS measurements indicating that the day temperatures grew slightly more rapidly than the…

2017-10-06 11:26   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Global climate impacts of a potential volcanic eruption of Mount Agung

Guest post by:

Flavio Lehner (flehner@ucar.edu) and John Fasullo

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

An example of a stratovolcano eruption (note: not Mt. Agung). On July 13, 2015, the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 took a close up of Mount Raung's summit caldera (on the Indonesian island of Java). Visible is afternoon cloud cover and an eruption plume.…

2017-10-04 07:18   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #39

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

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September is the most energetic month for hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic

Satellite image of Hurricane Maria making landfall on Puerto Rico on Sep 20, 2017

The 2017 hurricane season has certainly been one…

2017-10-01 18:41   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #39

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

People Are Dying’: Puerto Rico Faces Daunting Humanitarian Crisis

As the full scope of Hurricane Maria's devastation emerges, leaders are calling for urgent help. Many of the risks were spelled out in a 2013 climate assessment.

Hurricane Maria swept mud and debris down…

2017-09-30 19:16   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, September 18-24, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. The graphic is from Lamsal et al. (paper #32).

Climate change

1. Inconsistent subsurface and deeper ocean warming signals during recent global warming and hiatus

"In general, the global SDO has sequestered a significant amount of heat – about 3.50*1022 joules with trends of 0.59 W m−2 on average among the four datasets –…

2017-09-29 07:52   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate and energy are becoming focal points in state political races

As soon as Donald Trump won the presidential election, people in the US and around the world knew it was terrible news for the environment. Not wanting to believe that he would try to follow through on our worst fears, we held out hope.

Those hopes for a sane US federal government were misplaced. But they are replaced by a new hope – an emerging climate leadership at the state level and a…

2017-09-28 07:34   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The Mail's censure shows which media outlets are biased on climate change

Back in February, the conservative UK tabloid Mail on Sunday ran an error-riddled piece by David Rose attacking Noaa climate scientists, who had published data and a paper showing that there was never a global warming pause. The attack was based on an interview with former Noaa scientist John Bates, who subsequently admitted about his comments:

I knew people would misuse this. But you can’t…

2017-09-25 06:30   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #38

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

August 2017 was second warmest on record

From NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

A global map of the August 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly, relative to the 1951-1980 August average. Part of Antarctica is gray because data from some stations there…

2017-09-23 17:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, September 11-17, 2017

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

Climate change

1. Modelling past, present and future peatland carbon accumulation across the pan-Arctic region

"We found that peatlands in Scandinavia, Europe, Russia and central and eastern Canada will become C sources, while Siberia, far eastern Russia, Alaska and western and northern Canada will increase their sink…

2017-09-22 11:11   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: It takes just 4 years to detect human warming of the oceans

We’ve known for decades that the Earth is warming, but a key question is, how fast? Another key question is whether the warming is primarily caused by human activities. If we can more precisely measure the rate of warming and the natural component, it would be useful for decision makers, legislators, and others to help us adapt and cope. Indeed, added ocean heat content underlies the potential…

2017-09-20 06:44   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37

Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Quote 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...

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

Credit: David McNew Getty Images

Deadly climate change could threaten most of the world's…

2017-09-17 22:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #37

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

Asia's glaciers to shrink by a third by 2100, threatening water supply of millions

High mountains of Asia hold biggest store of frozen water outside the poles and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges

The Asian high mountains are already warming more…

2017-09-16 15:58   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, September 4-10, 2017

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

Climate change

1. State of the Climate in 2016 See also: A Look at 2016: Takeaway Points from the State of the Climate Supplement

2. The rise in global atmospheric CO2, surface temperature, and sea level from emissions traced to major carbon producers

"Emissions traced to these 90 carbon producers contributed ∼57% of the…

2017-09-15 12:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, August 28 - September 3, 2017

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

Climate change

1. Continuously Amplified Warming in the Alaskan Arctic: Implications for Estimating Global Warming Hiatus

"Focusing on the "hiatus" period 1998-2012 as identified by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, the SAT has increased at 0.45 °C/decade, which captures more than 90% of the…

2017-09-11 11:12   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #36

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

6 Questions on Hurricane Irma, Harvey and Climate Change

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, barrels toward the Florida coast on Sept. 7, 2017. Credit: NOAA GOES Project via Getty Images

A third of the way into the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, NOAA looked at the ocean…

2017-09-09 14:35   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Study: mild floods are declining, but intense floods are on the rise

It is well known that humans are causing the Earth to warm. We also know that a warmer atmosphere has more water vapor. Just like the air is more humid when it is warm, and less humid when cold. The more humid air leads to more intense precipitation and potentially more flooding. But how much change we will see is an open scientific question.

This question is made complex by the fact that…

2017-09-08 06:32   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

Katharine Hayhoe, Professor and Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long…

2017-09-07 06:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Denying Hurricane Harvey’s climate links only worsens future suffering

Human-caused climate change amplified the damages and suffering associated with Hurricane Harvey in several different ways. First, sea level rise caused by global warming increased the storm surge and therefore the coastal inundation and flooding from the storm. Second, the warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor, which intensifies extreme precipitation events like the record-shattering…

2017-09-05 06:20   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #35

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week...Toon 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...

The Strange Future Hurricane Harvey Portends

A Syrian refugee walks toward his tent at Zaatari refugee camp through puddles and in front of storm clouds.

Humans have begun an international…

2017-09-03 12:56   Click to comment


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