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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, January 7-13, 2019

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Mortality risk from heat stress expected to hit poorest nations the hardest

Migration as a human affair: Integrating individual stress thresholds into quantitative models of climate migration (open access)

Dynamical malaria forecasts are skillful at regional and local scales in Uganda up to 4…

2019-01-18 21:17   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Book Review: Saudi America

Before I read the book, I had already read a few articles about it, saw a youtube video, and listened to two podcasts. It was the last podcast, on NPR's new Stateimpact Pennsylvania Energy Explained, that triggered me to actually get the book ...

Well, its not a full length book ... Columbia Global Reports, the publisher, calls these "novella-length books" that "offer new ways to understand…

2019-01-16 09:52   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #2

Story of the Week... Analysis of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... Once derided, ways of adapting to climate change are gaining steam

Recognition is spreading that communities need to build resilience to climatic and coastal threats even as the world seeks ways to curb emissions driving global warming.

Mexico…

2019-01-13 19:32   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2019 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, i.e., Sun, Jan 6 through Sat, Jan 12, 2019 Editor's Pick World's Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise

'Global warming is here, it has major consequences, and it's going to be very, very difficult to get this under control,' an author of a new report…

2019-01-12 17:32   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, January 1-6, 2019

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

Climate change

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Spatial modelling of summer climate indices based on local climate zones: expected changes in the future climate of Brno, Czech Republic

Comparison of the temporal variability of summer temperature and rainfall as it relates to climate indices in southern Quebec (Canada)

2019-01-11 21:58   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Republicans call for 'innovation' to tackle climate change, but it's not magic

Limiting global warming to less than the Paris Climate Agreement target of 2°C (3.6°F) hotter than pre-industrial temperatures will require a rapid global transition away from fossil fuels. That’s a point on which the scientific community strongly agrees.

If we start now, we need to cut global carbon pollution by about 5 percent per year to avoid burning through our remaining “carbon budget”.…

2019-01-08 06:54   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Skeptical Science takes the Pro-Truth-Pledge

Skeptical Science has been fighting misinformation about human-caused climate change since the website was launched in 2007. But with the rise in prevalence of fake news over the last few years, protecting truth and facts has become more important than ever. To help with that task, some additional means by which to distinguish between truth-tellers and those who spread misinformation would be…

2019-01-07 10:24   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #1

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... Katharine Hayhoe: 'A thermometer is not liberal or conservative' Katharine Hayhoe: ‘Fear is a short-term spur to action, but to make changes over the long term, we must have hope.’ Photograph: Randal Ford

The award-winning atmospheric…

2019-01-07 02:38   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2019 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, i.e., Sun, Dec 31, 2018 through Sat, Jan 5, 2019 Editor's Pick A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely

But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago.

A boat floats in Neko Harbour, Antarctica, in…

2019-01-05 15:15   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, December 24-31, 2018

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

Climate change

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Trend analysis of climate time series: A review of methods (open access)

Strong but intermittent spatial covariations in tropical land temperature

Intercomparison of long-term sea surface temperature analyses using the GHRSST Multi-Product Ensemble (GMPE) system

The role of…

2019-01-04 23:36   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #52

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... 2018 Was A Milestone Year For Climate Science (If Not Politics) The devastation from Hurricane Michael over Mexico Beach, Fla. A massive federal report released in November warns that climate change is fueling extreme…

2018-12-30 22:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #52

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 23 through Sat, Dec 30 Editor's Pick Green New Deal: what is the progressive plan, and is it technically possible?

The idea, central to Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, aims to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution – but lacks key political support

Members of the Sunrise Movement…

2018-12-29 18:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, December 17-23, 2018

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

Couple of hiatus papers (including Skeptical Science authors)

A fluctuation in surface temperature in historical context: reassessment and retrospective on the evidence (open access)

The 'pause' in global warming in historical context: (II). Comparing models to observations (open access)

Climate change mitigation

Climate…

2018-12-28 10:28   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Global warming ‘hiatus’ is the climate change myth that refuses to die

Kevin Cowtan, Professor of Chemistry, University of York and Stephan Lewandowsky, Chair of Cognitive Psychology, University of Bristol

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The record-breaking, El Niño-driven global temperatures of 2016 have given climate change deniers a new trope. Why, they ask, hasn’t it since got…

2018-12-26 06:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #51

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Dec 15 through Saturday, Dec. 22. Editor's Pick Risks of 'domino effect' of tipping points greater than thought, study says

Scientists warn policymakers not to ignore links, and stress that ‘every action counts’

When arctic ice melts, less sunlight is reflected, which…

2018-12-22 18:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, December 10-16, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Estimates of present and future asthma emergency department visits associated with exposure to oak, birch, and grass pollen in the United States (open access)

Global wheat production with 1.5 and 2.0°C above pre‐industrial warming

Terror Management Theory and mortality awareness: A missing link…

2018-12-21 21:38   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate Carbon Bookkeeping

The question often arises as to how we know that the current year-to-year buildup of CO2 is due to human activities. One way is to do simple bookkeeping of how much of each of the major types of fossil fuels we burn each year, and the predicted CO2 buildup implied by the known yearly combustion rate. Burning fossil fuels produce two major products: CO2 and H2O. As long as we know the carbon…

2018-12-20 08:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Little Ice Age? No. Big Warming Age? Yes.

In September, a website called Space Weather Archive interviewed Martin Mlynczak of NASA’s Langley Research Center. Mlynczak noted that because the sun is currently in a relatively inactive period, the thermosphere (one of the highest layers of Earth’s atmosphere, more than 300 miles above the surface) could reach its coldest temperatures since records began in the 1940s.

The interview didn’t…

2018-12-18 06:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #50

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... UN climate accord 'inadequate' and lacks urgency, experts warn

Agreement will fail to halt devastating rise in global temperature, say scientists

The two-week-long conference left questions about reducing greenhouse gas…

2018-12-16 22:39   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #50

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Dec 9 through Saturday, Dec. 15 Editor's Pick Climate change: COP24 deal to bring Paris pact to life Reuters

Negotiators in Poland have finally secured agreement on a range of measures that will make the Paris climate pact operational in 2020.

Last-minute rows over carbon…

2018-12-15 21:02   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, December 3-9, 2018

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

Climate change

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Hot days and tropical nights in Nigeria: trends and associated large-scale features

Recent decadal variability of daily observed temperatures in Hindukush, Karakoram and Himalaya region in northern Pakistan

Anomalous holiday precipitation over southern China (open access)

2018-12-14 21:03   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Like health care, climate policy could tip elections

In the November 2018 midterm elections, Democrats won the U.S. House of Representatives popular vote by a margin of about 8.6 percent and gained 40 seats in that chamber. For perspective, President Obama won his convincing 2008 and 2012 elections by 7.2 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. While Republicans increased their Senate hold in 2018 by two seats and strengthened their majority…

2018-12-11 06:49   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Australia - Moving to Renewable Energy

Solar and Wind­

Australia’s six States and two Territories have always had primary responsibility for implementing policies on the transition away from fossil fuels to renewables as an energy source. As a result, there has been a significant increase in the number of solar and wind farm applications which have been approved. Indeed, it is predicted that if the rate of those approvals were…

2018-12-10 14:31   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #49

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... SkS in the News... Video of the Week... Reports of Note... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week... French senate ‘failed to heed’ UN science warning before protests Demonstrators stand next to metal barriers around the tomb of…

2018-12-09 20:04   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Dec 2 through Saturday, Dec. 8 Editor's Pick Can 2018’s extreme weather persuade skeptics that the climate is changing? A firefighter is silhouetted by a burning home along Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., on Nov. 9. (Robyn…

2018-12-08 16:35   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, November 26 - December 2, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

Emission scenario analysis for China under the global 1.5 °C target

Climate change communication

Attribution matters: Revisiting the link between extreme weather experience and climate change mitigation responses

Characterising climate change discourse on social media during extreme weather events

2018-12-07 06:14   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Trump's disbelief won't stop dangerous climate change

“I don’t believe it,” said Donald Trump when asked about the fourth national climate assessment, authored by 13 government agencies and hundreds of the US’s top climate scientists. His administration had tried to hide the report, publishing it on Black Friday when many Americans were either recovering from a Thanksgiving food coma or stampeding department store sales.

The administration’s…

2018-12-05 06:59   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #48

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review...

Story of the Week... G20 told crucial COP24 climate change conference 'must succeed': Guterres UN News/Natalia Montagna: Delegates to the G20 summit have gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (30 November 2018)

During press briefings at the beginning of the G20 meeting of industrialized…

2018-12-03 04:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: COP24: UN climate change conference, what’s at stake and what you need to know

Reprint of article originally posted on UN NEWS on Nov 29, 2018. Click here to access the original.

As global temperatures continue to rise, climate action is lagging and the window of opportunity is closing. On Sunday, the United Nations will kick off critical negotiations on how to address the problem collectively and urgently, during a two-week climate change conference in Katowice,…

2018-12-02 19:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sunday, Nov 25 through Saturday, Dec. 1 Editor's Pick Climate change signals and impacts continue in 2018

The long-term warming trend has continued in 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth highest on record. The 20 warmest years on record have been in the…

2018-12-01 20:52   Click to comment


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