2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #3...

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

 

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

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

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 8-14, 2018...

The Figure above is from paper/study #30.

 

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

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WILL THE WEATHER GET WORSE IN 2018? WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY...

Last year unleashed some catastrophic weather across the world. At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record in Sydney and Brisbane, followed by a killer summer heatwave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRIVING EXTREME HEATWAVES...

 

“Individual hot days aren’t the primary concern”: heatwaves are getting longer and happening more often.
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As average temperatures creep up, climate scientists spy trouble at the far end of the bell curve. Early results from the nascent science of extreme heatwaves are startling, reports Michael Lucy...

 

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CONCERN OVER CLIMATE CHANGE LINKED TO DEPRESSION, ANXIETY: STUDY...

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Depression and anxiety afflict Americans who are concerned with the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change...

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THE DIRTY SECRET OF THE WORLD’S PLAN TO AVERT CLIMATE DISASTER...

 

The Paris agreement on climate change charts a narrow path to avoiding a global apocalypse. Just one problem: Its centerpiece is a technology that basically doesn’t yet exist. Matt Chase for WIRED

In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find...

 

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THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL WON’T SAVE US – OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON DE-GROWTH...

In June President Donald Trump pulled out of the international Paris climate change agreement. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

 

The success of the Paris climate deal depends on ‘negative emission’ technologies that have never been proven at scale...

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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WORRIES ARE ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS, NOT ECONOMIC COLLAPSE...

Warning signs. (Reuters/Richard Carson)

 

For the second year running, business and political leaders think the world’s biggest threat is extreme weather, according to the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) published today...

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WANT TO SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE? YOU’LL NEED A GOOD COMMUNITY...

A winning plan to buttress New York against climate change essentially swathes lower Manhattan in a fortress of storm protection disguised as a smorgasbord of public space. Courtesy of BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group

 

In the summer of 1995, a blistering heat wave settled over Chicago for three days. It killed 739 people, making it one of the most unexpectedly lethal disasters in modern American history. No statistical models of the heat wave predicted such a high death toll. Researchers in the American Journal of Public Health reported that their analysis “failed to detect relationships between the weather and mortality that would explain what happened...”

 

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HUMAN EXISTENCE THREATENED MORE BY EXTREME WEATHER, NOT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, GLOBAL EXPERTS WARN...

A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen in Barranquitas, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 20, 2017, a month after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

 

The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction. A global survey released by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday showed that for the second year in a row, the dangers of extreme weather are only second to that of nuclear missiles and other such weaponry. And in terms of both likelihood and impact, extreme world weather events are the number one concern, according to the survey...

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GLOBAL WARMING PREDICTIONS MAY NOW BE A LOT LESS UNCERTAIN...

Video: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Earth...Though the planet has only warmed by one-degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, climate change's effect on earth has been anything but subtle. Here are some of the most astonishing developments over the past few years.

 

The new numbers paint a not altogether terrifying picture of humanity’s response to a climate crisis. Hell, you might even call it vaguely optimistic. NASA Earth Observatory/Getty Images

If one is the loneliest number, two is the most terrifying. Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from pre-industrial levels, so says the Paris climate agreement. Cross that line and the global effects of climate change start looking less like a grave situation and more like a catastrophe...

 

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GROWING POPULATIONS, CLIMATE CHANGE LEAVE CITIES ON A FAST TRACK TO WATER DEFICITS...

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By 2050 many of the world's major cities will face surface water shortages, spurring regional conflict and competition for scarce resources...

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EUROPE'S MICROWAVE OVENS EMIT NEARLY AS MUCH CO2 AS 7M CARS...

Using your microwave more efficiently and turning it off when not in use can help cut energy consumption. Photograph: Huw Jones/Getty Images

 

The biggest impact comes from electricity used to power the microwaves, but study also highlights rising environmental cost of our throwaway culture...

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A FOREBODING SIMILARITY IN TODAY’S OCEANS AND A 94-MILLION-YEAR-OLD CATASTROPHE...

Algae blooms off the coast of New York and New Jersey in August 2015. NASA / AP

 

The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time...

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SCOTT PRUITT INSINCERELY ASKED WHAT'S EARTH'S IDEAL TEMPERATURE. SCIENTISTS ANSWER...

Donald Trump listens to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

 

In short, from a practical standpoint, as little additional warming as possible...

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