FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE? WE’RE NOT EVEN LANDING A PUNCH...

The dry bed of Lake Poopó in Bolivia, where steady warming over the last 30 years evaporated what little water was left. Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA...

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METHANE LEAKS ERASE CLIMATE BENEFIT OF FRACKED GAS, COUNTLESS STUDIES FIND...

UK fracking protest, February 25, 2017. CREDIT: Ashley Cooper/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

 

A new NASA study is one final nail in the coffin of the myth that natural gas is a climate solution, or a “bridge” from the dirtiest fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels like solar and wind...

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FORD SUED BY TRUCK OWNERS, ADDING IT TO DIESEL DEFENDANTS...

Video: Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell reports on the lawsuit against Ford for alleged rigging of diesel truck engines.

2017 F-250 Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

 

Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG...

 

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TRADE DECISION COULD DEVASTATE U.S. SOLAR MARKET...

President Donald Trump has not weighed in on the case so far, though his administration has re-opened the landmark NAFTA agreement with Mexico and China. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 

A federal trade panel declared Friday that surging imports of solar panels have hurt U.S. manufacturers — a decision that will allow President Donald Trump to penalize Chinese companies but could also choke off the fast-growing green energy industry in the U.S.

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IT’S THE BIG NEW IDEA FOR STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE — BUT IT HAS HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF ITS OWN...

The sun peeks through a canopy of trees Oct. 18, 2008, on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park, Va. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Widespread use of a futuristic energy technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would create severe environmental problems, scientists argue in a new critique, casting doubt on one potential method of helping humanity escape the worst effects of climate change...

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LLOYD'S OF LONDON TO DIVEST FROM COAL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

The Lloyd’s building, home of Lloyd’s of London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

 

Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April...

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HOW ENGINEERING EARTH’S CLIMATE COULD SERIOUSLY IMPERIL LIFE...

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Travel with me to the year 2100. Despite our best efforts, climate change continues to threaten humanity. Drought, superstorms, flooded coastal cities. Desperate to stop the warming, scientists deploy planes to spray sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, where it converts into a sulfate aerosol, which reflects sunlight. Thus the planet cools because, yes, chem-trails...

 

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ANTARTICA: THE GREAT CRACK-UP...

A crevasse measuring a few thousand feet from an altitude of 1,500 ft., during a November flyover.

 

It’s hard to wreck a continent you can barely get your hands on. Human beings typically do our worst environmental damage in the places we live and work—clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains. Antarctica, however, was more or less out of reach. No more...

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HOW RISING SEAS AND COASTAL STORMS DROWNED THE U.S. FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM...

The National Flood Insurance Program paid out $8 billion in damages from Hurricane Sandy. NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE/TIM LARSEN

 

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater...

 

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ON THE CHESAPEAKE, A PRECARIOUS FUTURE OF RISING SEAS AND HIGH TIDES...

 

Mike Draper raised his house in southern Dorchester County seven feet to protect it from rising waters.  Photo by Dave Harp

 

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk...

 

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INSURERS SAY CANADIAN WEATHER GETTING HOTTER, WETTER AND WEIRDER...

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If it seems as if the weather's getting weirder, you're not wrong...

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THE BILLIONAIRE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING GLOBAL WARMING – WITH IAN THE CLIMATE DENIALIST POTATO...

 

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'SIGNIFICANT' HEATWAVE ROASTS SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA AS GLOBAL RECORDS MELT...

Swimmers cool off at MacCallum pool at Cremorne Point on Friday. Photo: Dean Sewell

 

Most of NSW will continue to bake in a prolonged heatwave well into next week, the second big warm event to get the year off to a hot start...

 

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2017 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD WITHOUT EL NIÑO BOOST...

 

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’...

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DONALD TRUMP IS HAMPERING FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE, WEF WARNS...

Donald Trump is accused of hampering the fight against global warming and ecological damage. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

 

World Economic Forum outlines huge increase in all five eco risks since the US president assumed office...

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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. 

Editor's Pick:

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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