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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: New research, October 29 - November 4, 2018

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Altered Disease Risk from Climate Change (A special issue in EcoHealth)

Climate change perception: an analysis of climate change and risk perceptions among farmer types of Indian Western Himalayas

Climate change adaptation and mitigation – a hitherto neglected gender-sensitive public health…

2018-11-09 21:22   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate change science comeback strategies: 'In it for the money'

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

Image by Karin Kirk.

When you don’t like the message, attack the messenger. It’s an age-old tactic and an easy way to energize opposition while distracting from the real issue at hand.

With climate change, ad-hominem attacks on scientists are intended to shake public trust in the scientific evidence that underpin the whole issue.…

2018-11-07 06:44   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #44

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

Story of the Week... Startling new research finds large buildup of heat in the oceans, suggesting a faster rate of global warming A post-sunset swimmer at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Calif., this…

2018-11-04 16:33   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #44

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week from Sunday through noon on Friday. Editor's Pick Earth’s carbon dioxide levels are likely the highest they've been in 15 million years Earth’s average global temperature from 2013 to 2017, as compared to a baseline average from 1951 to 1980.

We’ve entered some profoundly unfamiliar…

2018-11-03 15:40   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Radiosondes show that after decades of cooling the lower stratosphere is now warming

Verification of an approximate thermodynamic equation with application to study on Arctic stratospheric temperature changes

Global Wind Speed and Wave Height Extremes Derived from Long-duration…

2018-11-02 20:16   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate impacts

This is a re-post from ...and Then There's Physics

Carbon brief has a very nice interactive report that show the impacts of climate change at 1.5C, 2C and beyond. It presents the various projected climatic, ecological, and economic changes on both global and regional scales. It is an impressive dive into the relevant literature.

On Twitter, Doug McNeall said something I’ve often wondered…

2018-11-01 05:53   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: A eulogy to Guardian's Climate Consensus - the 97%

The Guardian editors recently decided to discontinue their Science and Environment blog networks. This is the story of Climate Consensus - the 97%.

Way back in 2012, newspapers were struggling to hang on to readers. Blogs were all the rage, and with the stability of the Obama administration, a steadily improving economy, the UK still in the EU (how I long for those good old days), there…

2018-10-30 05:51   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Canada passed a carbon tax that will give most Canadians more money

Note: this will be our final entry on Climate Consensus - the 97%. The Guardian has decided to discontinue its Science and Environment blogging networks. We would like to thank this great paper for hosting us over the past five years, and to our readers for making it a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution…

2018-10-29 05:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #43

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

Story of the Week... Scientists Push for a Crash Program to Scrub Carbon From the Air A coal plant in Colstrip, Mont. Scientists say countries have put off reducing carbon emissions for so long that even a breakneck…

2018-10-28 17:56   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #43

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week including,,, Editor's Pick They Know Seas Are Rising, but They’re Not Abandoning Their Beloved Cape Cod

Lifelong residents are building higher with each flood. But while they deal with climate change, some say they aren’t sure what to believe about the cause.

Sea level is rising at an…

2018-10-27 17:27   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

From climates multiple to climate singular: Maintaining policy-relevance in the IPCC synthesis report

Audience Segments in Environmental and Science Communication: Recent Findings and Future Perspectives (open access)

Energy production

An analysis of the historical…

2018-10-26 20:27   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Climate change and compassion fatigue

This is a re-post from ClimateSight

I’m a climate scientist, and I don’t worry about climate change very much. I think about it every day, but I don’t let it in. To me climate change is a fascinating math problem, a symphony unfolding both slowly and quickly before our very eyes. The consequences of this math problem, for myself and my family and our future, I keep locked in a tiny box in my…

2018-10-23 05:59   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 including,,, Editor's Pick Assessing the Global Climate in September 2018

Globe had its fourth warmest September and year-to-date on record

Courtesy of Pixabay.com

The global land and ocean temperature departure from average for September 2018 tied with 2017 as the fourth highest for…

2018-10-20 17:41   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Climate change and summer thermal comfort in China

Built-up area and population density: Two Essential Societal Variables to address climate hazard impact (open access)

Response of crop yield to different time-scales of drought in the United States: Spatio-temporal patterns and climatic and…

2018-10-19 11:18   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: SkS Analogy 15 - Ice Tea and Temperature Rise

Tag Line

Even on a hot day, as long as your glass of tea has ice it is a nice, cool drink. Only when the ice disappears does your drink start to warm up.

Elevator Statement

The height of a balloon above the ground is not proportional to the amount of hot air you put into the envelope.1 In fact, when you first start filling a balloon all that happens is that the hot air causes the envelope to…

2018-10-16 11:30   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #41

Story of the Week... Opinion of the Week... Legal Matters... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week... Hurricanes like Michael show why we can’t ignore climate change

The deadly storm came just days after a report on global warming

People walk through rubble after Hurricane Michael in Mexico Beach,…

2018-10-14 21:58   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 including numerous articles about the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC and the Hurricane Michael-climate change connection, Editor's Pick Mary Robinson on climate change: ‘Feeling “This is too big for me” is no use to anybody’

The former president of Ireland has a new…

2018-10-13 17:32   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change

Understanding the abrupt climate change in the mid-1970s from a phase-space transform perspective

Temperature, precipitation, wind

Distinguishing trends and shifts from memory in climate data

Persistence of observed air temperatures in Iceland

Revisiting the Mystery of Recent Stratospheric Temperature Trends

2018-10-12 20:34   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Victims of Hurricane Michael voted for climate deniers

Floridians are staring down a very powerful Category 4 typhoon that is causing extensive damage. The high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge will cost billions of dollars.

We know that climate change is making these storms stronger. The storms feed off of warm ocean waters, and those waters are much warmer now because of climate change. I have written about the science in more detail here

2018-10-11 05:45   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: SkS Analogy 14 - Inertia and Inevitability

Tag Line

Inertia is your friend … until it isn’t.

Elevator Statement

Inertia delays the response … But for each CO2 level there is a guaranteed response … Be patient, the response is coming … And when it finally comes there’s no going back.Tie a rubber band to a weight. Move your hand rapidly1 away from the weight,2 stop your hand,3 wait, and the slowly accelerating weight will eventually…

2018-10-10 06:36   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: The Trump administration has entered Stage 5 climate denial

A cartoon illustration of the Trump administration’s climate policy logic Illustration: John Cook

Several years ago, I wrote about the five stages of climate denial. To date, the Trump administration has pinballed between Stages 1, 2, and 3, calling climate change a Chinese hoax, disputing the degree of human causation (100% since 1950), and claiming it’s not a threat. But the purpose of…

2018-10-08 05:37   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #40

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

Story of the Week... A major climate report will slam the door on wishful thinking

The IPCC is likely to say that even the most optimistic scenario for climate change isn’t great at all.

The leading…

2018-10-07 17:23   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 The Nihilism of Trump’s Climate Policy

The administration cites the likelihood of catastrophic global temperature rise to justify gutting fuel-efficiency standards. Yes, you read that correctly.

A firefighter works to control the Delta Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National…

2018-10-06 17:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research, September 24-30, 2018

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

Climate change mitigation

Climate change communication

Enduring Extremes? Polar Vortex, Drought, and Climate Change Beliefs

Not in my back yard: Egocentrism and climate change skepticism across the globe

Climate Policy

Environmental integrity of international carbon market mechanisms under the Paris Agreement (open access)

2018-10-05 20:25   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: How Arctic lakes accelerate permafrost carbon losses

This is a re-post from Carbon Brief. Dr Ingmar Nitze is a postdoctoral researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI); Dr Guido Grosse is head of the Permafrost Research Section at AWI and professor of permafrost in the Earth system at the University of Potsdam; Dr Thomas Schneider von Deimling is a senior scientist at AWI; and Dr Katey Walter…

2018-10-03 05:50   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India

The social cost of carbon is a measure of the economic damages caused (via climate change) by each ton of carbon pollution that we produce today. It’s difficult to estimate because of physical, economic, and ethical uncertainties. For example, it’s difficult to predict exactly when various climate tipping points will be triggered, how much their damages will cost, and there’s also a question…

2018-10-01 05:39   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: 2018 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 Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100 Firefighters from Brea, Calif., inspect and cut fireline on Aug. 1, 2018, as the Ranch Fire burns near Upper Lake, Calif. A day earlier, it and the River Fire totaled more than 74,000 acres. (Stuart…

2018-09-29 15:25   Click to comment

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

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

Climate change impacts

Mankind

Bayesian estimates for the mapping of dengue hotspots and estimation of the risk of disease epidemic in Northeast Brazil

Effects of climate change-related heat stress on labor productivity in South Korea

Climatic preferences for beach tourism: an empirical study on Greek islands

Estimation of…

2018-09-28 20:10   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: New research shows the world’s ice is doing something not seen before

In this warming world, some parts of the planet are warming much faster than others. The warming is causing large ice bodies to start to melt and move rapidly, in some cases sliding into the ocean.

This movement is the topic of a very new scientific study that was just published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The Arctic is warming much faster than other parts of the…

2018-09-26 05:33   Click to comment

Skeptical Science: Retraction of Florides et al. (2013)

About a year ago I wrote about my dealings with a paper by Florides et al. in a four part article here at SkS (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). I had found out that the paper in question was largely created by copy/pasting passages of texts from various sources and that the paper contained a lot of false claims and other flaws.

I had communicated my findings to Elsevier, who originally had…

2018-09-25 08:45   Click to comment


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