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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: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #7

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planet A poplar tree farm in Oregon is a fast-growing bioenergy source.

On a sunny day this past October, three dozen people file into a modest, mint-green classroom at Montana State…

2018-02-17 14:55   Click to comment

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

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

The Figure is from paper #61.

John's new paper

1. Deconstructing climate misinformation to identify reasoning errors

"Misinformation can have significant societal consequences. For example, misinformation about climate change has confused the public and stalled support for mitigation policies. When people lack the expertise…

2018-02-16 20:58   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: News network climate reporting soared in 2017 thanks to Trump

In 2016, US TV network news coverage of climate change plummeted. News coverage was focused on the presidential election, but the corporate broadcast networks didn’t air a single segment informing viewers how a win by Trump or Hillary Clinton could affect climate change or climate policy. That followed a slight drop in news coverage of climate change in 2015, despite that year being full of…

2018-02-15 06:55   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: On model development, and sanity

This is a re-post from ClimateSight

When I was a brand-new PhD student, full of innocence and optimism, I loved solving bugs. I loved the challenge of it and the rush I felt when I succeeded. I knew that if I threw all of my energy at a bug, I could solve it in two days, three days tops. I was full of confidence and hope. I had absolutely no idea what I was in for.

Now I am in the final days…

2018-02-13 06:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #6

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Tesla is building a 'virtual power plant' using people's homes South Australia is working with Tesla to install solar power systems on residents homes. Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The state government of South Australia announced Sunday that it had struck a deal with…

2018-02-10 14:17   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 29 - February 4, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

1. A quantitative method for determining the impact threshold of climate change for agriculture

"We calculated the ITCC of spring wheat in Wuchuan County as an example and identified warming and drying trends in Wuchuan County from 1961 to 2013, especially during the period from 1991 to 2013…

2018-02-09 21:16   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate change is increasing flood risks in Europe

As humans continue to emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, the world continues to warm. We see that warming everywhere – in the atmosphere, in the oceans, with rising sea levels, and melting ice. But while we know conclusively that humans are causing the warming, an equally important question is, “so what?” Really, we want to know the consequences of warming so that we can make informed…

2018-02-08 06:53   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: How to Change Your Mind About Climate Change

What causes someone to change their mind about climate change? It is no secret that climate change is a highly polarized subject with some people accepting what climate scientists tell us, and others who think those scientists are only in it for the money, or that the globe isn't really warming, or that, if it is warming, it's nothing to worry about. But occasionally, some people change their…

2018-02-07 09:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #5

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Ice, fire, storms and heat: Climate change is now part of our everyday lives While the West Coast was being inundated, on the other side of the Alps, there were fires. Photo: Iain McGregor/Stuff

Analysis: January 2018 was officially the hottest month ever recorded in New…

2018-02-03 15:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 22-28, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #30.

Climate change

1. Whole Atmosphere Simulation of Anthropogenic Climate Change

"The basic result was that even as the lower atmosphere gradually warms, the upper atmosphere rapidly cools. The simulations employed constant low solar activity conditions, to remove the effects of variable solar and…

2018-02-02 20:51   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Is warming in the Arctic behind this year's crazy winter weather?

Jennifer Francis is a Research Professor, Rutgers University. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align intuitively with global warming: heat records, drought, wildfires, coastal flooding, hurricane damage…

2018-01-31 06:41   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Natural gas killed coal – now renewables and batteries are taking over

Over the past decade, coal has been increasingly replaced by cheaper, cleaner energy sources. US coal power production has dropped by 44% (866 terawatt-hours [TWh]). It’s been replaced by natural gas (up 45%, or 400 TWh), renewables (up 260%, or 200 TWh), and increased efficiency (the US uses 9%, or 371 TWh less electricity than a decade ago).

Evolution of the American power grid mix since…

2018-01-29 06:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #4

Breaking News... Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS in the News... John Cook Quoted... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Breaking News... Donald Trump appears to misunderstand basic facts of climate change in Piers Morgan interview

Donald Trump has expressed doubts over the existence…

2018-01-28 16:06   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Why climate change is worsening public health problems Men in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, collect water on Nov. 11, 2017. Years after Hurricane Matthew nearly devastated Haiti, its vulnerability only increases. Reuters/Martinez Casares

Around the world, the health care debate…

2018-01-27 15:37   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: In 2017, the oceans were by far the hottest ever recorded

Among scientists who work on climate change, perhaps the most anticipated information each year is how much the Earth has warmed. That information can only come from the oceans, because almost all heat is stored there. If you want to understand global warming, you need to first understand ocean warming.

This isn’t to say other measurements are not also important. For instance, measurements of…

2018-01-26 06:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 15-21, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #63.

Climate change mitigation

1. Does replacing coal with wood lower CO2 emissions? Dynamic lifecycle analysis of wood bioenergy

"Because combustion and processing efficiencies for wood are less than coal, the immediate impact of substituting wood for coal is an increase in atmospheric CO2 relative…

2018-01-25 20:54   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New study ‘reduces uncertainty’ for climate sensitivity

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

Scientists have presented a new, narrower estimate of the “climate sensitivity” – a measure of how much the climate could warm in response to the release of greenhouse gases.

The latest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that climate sensitivity has a “likely” range of 1.5 to 4.5C.

The new…

2018-01-23 06:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Switching to electric cars is key to fixing America's 'critically insufficient' climate policies

In order to meet its share of the carbon pollution cuts needed to achieve the 2°C Paris international climate target, America’s policies are rated as “critically insufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker. The Trump Administration has taken every possible step to undo the Obama Administration’s climate policies, including announcing that America will be the only world country to withdraw from…

2018-01-22 06:56   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

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

Wildfires, sea level rise, coral bleaching: Climate change is already here

(Clockwise from top left: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times; John McConnico / Associated Press)

From extreme wildfires in the Western…

2018-01-20 14:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 8-14, 2018

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

The Figure is from paper #30.

Climate change impacts

Impacts to mankind

1. Structural property losses from tornadoes in Florida

2. Evaluating Efficacy of Landsat-Derived Environmental Covariates for Predicting Malaria Distribution in Rural Villages of Vhembe District, South Africa

"The study has shown that suitable habitats…

2018-01-19 10:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: A ‘new’ measurement of climate sensitivity?

This was first posted on and Then There's Physics by SkS contributor Mark Richardson, who is currently a Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Mark has a particular interest in the role of clouds in climate change. This post is a response to a suggestion that it is possible to more tightly constrain Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS). This article is all…

2018-01-18 06:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Flaws of Lüdecke & Weiss

Once again a paper that looks at solar-climate connection turns out to be deeply flawed. It contains bad methodology, bad result handling, bad conclusions, and a biased reference list.

Data handling process of Lüdecke & Weiss (2018).

A few months ago, a new paper was published by Lüdecke and Weiss (LW17). Both Lüdecke and Weiss are known climate change contrarians. Serious problems have been…

2018-01-16 07:56   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Study finds that global warming exacerbates refugee crises

The refugee crisis – particularly in the Mediterranean area – has received large amounts of new attention in the past few years, with people fleeing from Syria and entering the European Union emblematic of the problem. There has been some research connecting this refugee problem with changes to the climate. In particular, the years preceding the Syrian refugee crisis were characterized by a…

2018-01-15 08:28   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

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

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

Harvesting rice. Phuong D. Nguyen / Shutterstock.com

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The…

2018-01-13 16:04   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 1-7, 2018

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

The figure is from paper #20.

Climate change

1. Climate Change on Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves: Results From a Regional Downscaled Ocean and Sea-Ice Model Under an A1B Forcing Scenario 2011–2069

"Over the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves during the projection period, the model shows general trends of warming,…

2018-01-12 20:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The Key To Slowing Global Warming

We all know that global warming is causing climate change characterised by increasingly severe weather events which damage property, destroy food crops and is likely to have catastrophic effects with multi metre sea level rise later this century. Strong winds and floods, forest fires and droughts are more common and cause damage which, each year, is more expensive to repair and may eventually…

2018-01-10 11:27   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The 'imminent mini ice age' myth is back, and it's still wrong

This post has been incorporated into the rebuttal to the myth A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age

Roughly every two years we’re treated to headlines repeating the myth that Earth is headed for an imminent “mini ice age.” It happened in 2013, 2015, and again just recently at the tail end of 2017.

This time around, the myth appears to have been sparked by a Sky News interview

2018-01-09 07:08   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Evaluating biases in Sea Surface Temperature records using coastal weather stations

Science is hard. Some easy problems you can solve by hard work, if you are in the right place at the right time and have the right skills. Hard problems take the combined effort of multiple groups looking at the problem, publishing results and finding fault with eachother's work, until hopefully no-one can find any more problems. When problems are hard, you may have to publish something that…

2018-01-08 12:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #1

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor's Pick Show this cartoon to anyone who doubts we need huge action on climate change

This story focuses on a scenario from climate scientist Joeri Rogelj, which would give us a 66 percent chance at limiting warming to 2 degrees, which would requires no emissions by 2065, followed…

2018-01-06 15:55   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, December 25-31, 2017

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

Climate change mitigation

1. Renewable technologies in Karnataka, India: jobs potential and co-benefits

"We show that enhancing green economy offers benefits that include the creation of jobs, but also delivers a much wider set of socio-economic and environmental welfare gains for emerging economies such as India."

2. Social…

2018-01-05 22:09   Click to comment


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