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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 #37

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Paris Conundrum: How to Know How Much Carbon Is Being Emitted? An industrial complex in Oberhausen, Germany in January 2017. LUKAS SCHULZE/GETTY

As climate negotiators consider rules for verifying commitments under the Paris Agreement, they will have to confront a…

2018-09-15 14:50   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

Inconvenience vs. rationality. Reflections on different faces of climate contrarianism in Poland and Norway

A new, valid measure of climate change understanding: associations with risk perception

Climate Policy

Optimal design of carbon tax to stimulate CCS investment in…

2018-09-14 08:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Warming oceans are changing the world's rainfall

Global warming means truly global warming. The atmosphere, the oceans, and the ground are all warming. As a result, ice is melting, seas are rising, storms are getting more severe, and droughts are getting worse. But these things are not happening in isolation. The tricky thing about the climate is that things are connected all across the globe. And those connections are revealing changes…

2018-09-12 05:47   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Kavanaugh’s views on EPA’s climate authority are dangerous and wrong

Donald Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accepts that humans are causing global warming and we need to take action to stop it. The problem is that he doesn’t trust the experts at EPA to do so and wants to erode their authority to regulate carbon pollution.

Chevron is the key

When discussing Chevron and climate change, we usually focus on the company’s legal liability.…

2018-09-10 05:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #36

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... oon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... John Cook Sighting... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week... Rise for Climate: thousands march across US to protest environment crisis

Protests spearheaded by march in San Francisco ahead of climate change summit in the city next week

Several thousand people…

2018-09-09 21:52   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 A powerful current just miles from SC is changing. It could devastate the East Coast. Ben Franklin and Timothy Folger’s map of the Gulf Stream in 1768. Library of Congress

Off South Carolina, the ocean suddenly changes color, from green to deep blue. You’re in the Gulf…

2018-09-08 20:09   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, August 27 - September 2, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Climate Change and Heat-Related Excess Mortality in the Eastern USA

Climate change impacts on peak building cooling energy demand in a coastal megacity (open access)

Flood prediction and mitigation in coastal tourism areas, a case study: Hurghada, Egypt

Drivers of response to extreme weather…

2018-09-07 20:33   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Rising CO2 levels could push ‘hundreds of millions’ into malnutrition by 2050

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

An additional 290 million people could face malnutrition by 2050 if little is done to stop the rise of greenhouse gas emissions, a study finds.

The increased presence of CO2 in the atmosphere could cause staple crops to produce smaller amounts of nutrients such as zinc, iron and protein, the researchers say.

Using international datasets of…

2018-09-05 10:21   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy

In America today, it’s rare to see political leaders respond to a threat with an appropriate evidence-based policy solution. At the national level, more often we see actions that aggravate existing problems or create new ones. California – the country’s most populous and economically powerful state – has been a welcome exception.

California has been battered by extreme weather intensified by…

2018-09-03 07:07   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #35

Calls to Action... Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Calls to Action*...

Looking ahead...

Sat Sep 8 is an extremely important day for climate activists because they will be gathering in cities throughout the world to Rise Up for Climate. If…

2018-09-03 00:12   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #35

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Most land-based ecosystems worldwide risk ‘major transformation’ due to climate change Researchers compiled and evaluated pollen and plant-fossil records from nearly 600 sites worldwide for their study of vegetation change. Map reprinted with permission from Nolan et al.,…

2018-09-01 18:43   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, August 20-26, 2018

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

Climate change

Effect of coupled global climate models sea surface temperature biases on simulated climate of the western United States (open access)

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Global bimodal precipitation seasonality: A systematic overview

Spatiotemporal variations of annual shallow soil temperature on the Tibetan…

2018-08-31 20:59   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Unprecedented summer heat in Europe ‘every other year’ under 1.5C of warming

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief. Dr Andrew King is a climate scientist at the University of Melbourne and Dr Markus Donat is a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales

As summer gets underway in the northern hemisphere, much of Europe has already been basking in temperatures of 30C and beyond.

But while the summer sun sends many flocking to the beach, with it comes the…

2018-08-30 05:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Global warming is intensifying El Niño weather

As humans put more and more heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, the Earth warms. And the warming is causing changes that might surprise us. Not only is the warming causing long-term trends in heat, sea level rise, ice loss, etc.; it’s also making our weather more variable. It’s making otherwise natural cycles of weather more powerful.

Perhaps the most important natural fluctuation in the…

2018-08-29 05:39   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The silver lining of fake news

This is a re-post from ClimateSight

What exciting times we live in! The UK is stockpiling food and medicine as it charges willingly into a catastrophe of its own choosing. The next Australian prime minister is likely to be a man who has committed crimes against humanity. And America has descended so far into dystopia that it can’t even be summed up in one pithy sentence.

I spend a lot of time…

2018-08-28 05:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #34

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick A World On Fire To see the image on Worldview: https://go.nasa.gov/2BRck1Z

The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA's Worldview. The red points overlaid on the image designate those areas that by using thermal bands detect actively burning fires.…

2018-08-25 16:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, August 13-19, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

Divergent Perspectives on Expert Disagreement: Preliminary Evidence from Climate Science, Climate Policy, Astrophysics, and Public Opinion

Climate Policy

Simple Rules for Climate Policy and Integrated Assessment (open access)

Research on carbon price in emissions trading…

2018-08-24 20:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Sunshine Blogger Award

Checking our Twitter stream on July 26, we were pleasantly surprised to notice that Jonathan Dean Coey had nominated Skeptical Science for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The award is driven entirely by the community, passed from blogger to blogger in recognition of their inspiring, creative and motivational blogs. Each nominee passes it on to 11 of their…

2018-08-21 08:42   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #33

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick Research Highlight: Climate Model Predicts Faster Warming for the North Atlantic Ocean

As aerosol emissions decline, heat uptake in the North Atlantic could increase dramatically

The Gulf Stream, part of the larger Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation system.…

2018-08-18 14:52   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, August 5-12, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Climate change and future wildfire in the western USA: an ecological approach to non‐stationarity (open access)

Influence of uncertainties in burned area estimates on modeled wildland fire PM2.5 and ozone pollution in the contiguous U.S.

Mankind

Coastal homeowners in a changing climate

Indigenous…

2018-08-17 07:59   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate change and wildfires – how do we know if there is a link?

Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

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

A firefighter runs after trying to save a home in Lakeport, California, suffering its biggest fires ever. AP Photo/Noah Berger Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Once again, the summer of 2018…

2018-08-16 05:48   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Humans are pushing the Earth closer to a climate cliff

A new paper, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has received a lot of media attention. The attention is justified because the paper paints a very grim picture of the climate and what humans may be doing to it. In particular, the authors of this study tried to determine the trajectory that the Earth is on so we can predict what the future climate will be.

2018-08-15 05:29   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 Scientists mock Trump’s tweet on wildfires as ‘comedically ill-informed’ and ‘unmitigated crap’

Trump's climate denial is "a crime against the planet" warns climatologist.

Embers Smolder from Wildfires Near Clearlake Oaks, California, On August 5, 2018. Credit: Noah…

2018-08-11 17:36   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Welcome to the Pliocene

The whole story in a table....

The graphic below (click on it for a large version) is adapted from a table in the supporting information from a newly published paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene, as the paper is entitled, looks at several climate states - the present day, the mid-Holocene, the relatively warm…

2018-08-11 02:14   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, July 30 - August 4, 2018

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

Climate change

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Optimal Ranking Regime Analysis of U.S. Summer Temperature and Degree-Days: 1895-2015

Detectable Impacts of the Past Half‐Degree Global Warming on Summertime Hot Extremes in China

Time series analysis of quarterly rainfall and temperature (1900–2012) in sub-Saharan African…

2018-08-10 15:26   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate change science comeback strategies

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk

Credit: Image by Karin Kirk.

Staircase wit. L’esprit de l’escalier. It’s the way the perfect response in an uncomfortable conversation comes cruelly late, occurring only after the crux moment has long since passed, and you’re descending the stairs on your way home.

Why didn’t I think of that? you ask, kicking yourself for…

2018-08-08 05:46   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now

The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places on the planet. Part of the reason is that as the Arctic warms, ice melts and ocean water is uncovered. The ocean is darker than ice so it in turn absorbs more…

2018-08-07 05:40   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #31

Stories of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS in the News... Photo of the Week... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Stories of the Week... Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes People trying to cool down in the Trocadero Fountain in front of the…

2018-08-05 16:55   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #31

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week. Editor's Pick 143-mph 'fire tornado' that cut a path of destruction is an ominous sign of the future A high-tension power transmission line tipped over from a tornado-like vortex that reached speeds of possibly more than 143 mph. (Cal Fire / National Weather Service)/h5>

As authorities…

2018-08-04 16:22   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, July 2-29, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

Place, proximity, and perceived harm: extreme weather events and views about climate change

Teaching climate change in middle schools and high schools: investigating STEM education’s deficit model

Cool dudes in Norway: climate change denial among conservative Norwegian…

2018-08-03 06:59   Click to comment


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