ACIDIFICATION COULD LEAVE OCEANS ‘UNINHABITABLE’ FOR COLD-WATER CORALS...

Plumose anemones and velvet swimmer crab, River Forth, Scotland, 2005. Credit: GK underwater/Alamy Stock Photo.

 

The world’s oceans could become “uninhabitable” for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #7...

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Story of the Week...

We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years...

The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts.

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WE’RE WITNESSING THE FASTEST DECLINE IN ARCTIC SEA ICE IN AT LEAST 1,500 YEARS...

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The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts...

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SEA LEVEL RISE IS ACCELERATING: 4 INCHES PER DECADE (OR MORE) BY 2100...

Rising sea levels increase the risk of storm surge flooding in coastal cities like Charleston, South Carolina, shown here after Hurricane Matthew. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images

 

Satellite data confirm what computer models have warned for years: Oceans are rising faster as the planet warms, and coastal communities face increasing flood risk...

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ALASKA'S BERING SEA LOST A THIRD OF ITS ICE IN JUST 8 DAYS...

The Bering Sea is a volatile place, with powerful storms and changing sea ice. Here, a ship plows through the ice toward Nome, Alaska, in January 2012. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images

 

Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives...

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TRUMP’S TOP SPY JUST CONTRADICTED THE WHITE HOUSE’S LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

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The director of national intelligence warned Congress that climate change could cause “upheaval” this year...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #7...

A poplar tree farm in Oregon is a fast-growing bioenergy source.

 

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

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WINTER-WHITE ANIMALS UNDER THREAT FROM GLOBAL WARMING...

Northern extremes. Camouflage is a key survival strategy for many animals. But what do you do if your habitat changes dramatically with the seasons? From high mountain habitats to the Arctic north, animals have developed a seasonal wardrobe to stay under cover — and stay alive.

 

Global warming is leaving animals who take on a white coat in winter exposed as snow cover retreats. But scientists say hot spots for "evolutionary rescue" could see them adapt...

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BAT SWARMS TRACKED BY WEATHER RADAR REVEAL EARLIER MIGRATION AS PLANET WARMS...

Millions of Brazilian free-tailed bats spend summers in the Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. A study finds they're arriving earlier and staying longer as the planet warms. Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS

 

Scientists say the shift follows the effect climate change is having on insect populations, and warn it could disrupt bats' critical role as pest control for farms...

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IT'D BE WONDERFUL IF THE CLAIMS MADE ABOUT CARBON CAPTURE WERE TRUE...

‘The only way CCS on coal will ever be built at scale is with a carbon price so high it’d kill the rest of the coal sector.’ Photograph: David Crosling/AAP

 

Josh Frydenberg talks up carbon capture and storage not because it’s effective but because it’s a point of political difference...

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NASA: NEW STUDY FINDS SEA LEVEL RISE ACCELERATING...

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Kathryn Mersmann

 

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data...

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SNOW-COVERED BEACHES? CHILLY IGUANAS? THEY ARE PART OF A MYSTERIOUS ‘HOLE’ IN GLOBAL WARMING...

Nathan Stanley, 12 , of Abington, Va. runs through a beachfront snowdrift on Jan. 4, 2018 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Despite warming temperatures in much of the world, winters in the Southeast have grown colder in recent decades, an anamoly that scientists are calling a “hole” in global warming, or a “warming hole.” Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

 

Frigid iguanas in Florida. Snowball fights on North Carolina’s beaches. Recent winters have delivered a bitter chill to the Southeast, reinforcing attitudes among some that global warming is a fraud...


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LEAKED U.N. CLIMATE REPORT SEES ‘VERY HIGH RISK’ THE PLANET WILL WARM BEYOND KEY LIMIT...

A glacier calves icebergs into a fjord off an ice sheet in southeastern Greenland on Aug. 3. (David Goldman/AP)

 

A draft United Nations climate science report contains dire news about the warming of the planet, suggesting it will likely cross the key marker of 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, of temperature rise in the 2040s, and that this will be exceedingly difficult to avoid...

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CAT 4 CYCLONE WREAKS HAVOC IN TONGA'S CAPITAL, PARLIAMENT FLATTENED, HOMES WRECKED...

The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, February 13, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Facebook Noazky Langi/via REUTERS

 

Power, water supplies disrupted in capital...

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KEEP IT HUMAN AND VISUAL, SAYS U.N. GUIDE TO TALKING CLIMATE...

Smoke rises from the coal power plant in Jaenschwalde, Germany February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

 

"Climate change can feel distant and intangible, and yet it's never been more important to make sure the science around it is heard and understood."

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INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WARN OF CLIMATE RISKS IN WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT...

Intelligence officials testified before a Senate committee about global threats. Left to right: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

 

While top Trump administration officials deny climate change, the intelligence agencies warn global warming can fuel disasters and violent conflicts.

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‘I’M JUST MORE AFRAID OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAN I AM OF PRISON’...

Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Michael Foster and Ken Ward near Seattle in January. Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times

 

How a group of five activists called the Valve Turners decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes...

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SHIPPING FIRST AS COMMERCIAL TANKER CROSSES ARCTIC SEA ROUTE IN WINTER...

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The crossing, unassisted by an icebreaker vessel, marks a milestone as thawing polar ice opens up Russia’s northern coastline, reports Climate Home News...

 

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MELTING ICE SHEETS ARE HASTENING SEA LEVEL RISE, SATELLITE DATA CONFIRMS...

The new research suggests he world’s oceans will be on average at least 60cm higher by the end of the century. Photograph: Jonnie Hughes/BBC/Silverback Films/Jonnie Hughes

 

Research shows that pace of melting in Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated...

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11 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DRAFT UN REPORT ON A 1.5C GLOBAL WARMING LIMIT...

Going beyond the 1.5C target set by the Paris Agreement will pile pressure on small-scale farmers, driving hunger (Photo: Filippo Bassi/ICARDA)

 

UN draft report says missing 1.5C warming target will multiply hunger, migration and conflict, but staying under will require unprecedented global cooperation...

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