SEA LEVELS OFF DUTCH COAST HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN 2017...

The Dutch are reversing centuries of tradition to create natural flood plains for rivers as well as rebuild mangrove swamps as buffers against the sea. Instead of raising dikes, the Dutch want to reclaim land and build public recreation areas that can absorb storm surges. In this 2009 photo, a couple walk along one such beach. Credit: Jerry Lampen/Reuters

 

Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found...

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AMERICA'S MOST PRESSING THREAT? CLIMATE CHANGE...

A truly global foe. Photographer: Ricardo R. Guzman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

 

The Trump administration is ignoring a huge threat to national security and global stability...

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CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDE: HOPE FADES FOR SURVIVORS AFTER DEADLY DISASTER...

In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County fire department, Kerry Mann navigates the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend in Montecito, California. Photograph: Xinhua / Barcroft Images

 

Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 18 dead...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #2...

Harvesting rice. Phuong D. Nguyen / Shutterstock.com

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam...

 

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1.5 DEGREES WARMING AND THE SEARCH FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR THE POOR...

For farmworkers, the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius warming can be the loss or survival of crops and the ability to labor all day in high heat. A 2016 heat wave and drought dried up this farmer's crop in the Philippines and led to deadly protests as people went hungry. Credit: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

 

The difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees is 'a greater likelihood of drought, flooding, resource depletion, conflict and forced migration,’ a new IPCC draft warns...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 1-7, 2018...

This figure is from paper #20.

 

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

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WARMING WILL PUT MILLIONS MORE AT FLOOD RISK IN NEXT 20 YEARS - SCIENTISTS SAY...

The street sign for the Moselle street is flooded by the river Moselle in Reil, Germany, January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

 

"More than half of the United States must at least double their protection level within the next two decades"...

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ANALYSIS: HAS THERE BEEN A “GREENING” OF CHRISTIANITY?

 

Despite some inroads, Christians remain largely unconcerned about the environment...

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GLOBAL WARMING IS MAKING IT HARDER TO GET TRULY FRIGID WEATHER...

Eugene Mullen clears his driveway in Norwell, Mass. in frigid conditions on Jan. 5, 2018. Image: Charles Krupa/AP/REX/Shutterstock

 

The first week of January was the coldest such week on record in most locations in the Eastern United States. It was so frigid that week, and the week preceding it, that sea ice formed around Cape Cod and Chesapeake Bay, sharks froze to death on Massachusetts beaches, and alligators went into a resting state while entombed in ice...

 

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TRUMP SAYS FAIRER DEAL MIGHT COAX U.S. BACK INTO THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD...

U.S. President Trump holds joint news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Solberg at the White House in Washington Thomson Reuters

 

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his primary concern with the Paris climate accord was that it treated the United States unfairly and that if a better deal could be reached, Washington might be persuaded to rejoin the agreement...

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NEW YORK CITY SUES OIL COMPANIES OVER CLIMATE CHANGE, SAYS IT PLANS TO DIVEST...

Superstorm Sandy flooded New York's subway and highway tunnels, buildings and parking garages in 2012, causing about $19 billion in dollars in damage there. The city has been developing storm surge protection plans as sea level rises. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.

 

The lawsuit against Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell and ConocoPhillips is the latest from a coastal city seeking to hold fossil fuel producers accountable...

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WHEN YOU’VE SEEN FIRE AND YOU’VE SEEN RAIN, EXPECT MUDSLIDES...

Fires raged across Southern California, leaving a charred landscape vulnerable to erosion after heavy rains.CrClockwise from top left, Noah Berger/Associated Press; Hilary Swift for The New York Times; Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire, via European Pressphoto Agency; Eric Risberg/Associated Press

 

This week, we’re looking at the causes behind California’s mudslides; why coal and nuclear power are fighting for survival; and the Trump administration’s effort to delete “climate change.”

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CUBA EMBARKS ON A 100-YEAR PLAN TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Habaneros wade through floodwaters near El Malecón after Hurricane Irma.YAMIL LAGE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

 

On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana only a glancing blow; even so, 10-meter waves pummeled El Malecón, the city’s seaside promenade, and ravaged stately but decrepit buildings in the capital’s historic district. “There was great destruction,” says Dalia Salabarría Fernández, a marine biologist here at the National Center for Protected Areas (CNAP)...

 

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EXXON PUSHES BACK ON CALIFORNIA CITIES SUING IT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

Some coastal California cities now build up sand berms to help protect houses from storm surges and high tides. Others are dealing with erosion and coastal flooding as sea levels rise with climate change. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

 

The oil giant is attacking its accusers through a Texas court, similar to how it tried to block investor fraud investigations by New York and Massachusetts...

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THE 'IMMINENT MINI ICE AGE' MYTH IS BACK, AND IT'S STILL WRONG...

‘A Frost Fair on the Thames at Temple Stairs’, c1684. These fairs held on the frozen River Thames in the UK are often referenced by those peddling the ‘impending mini ice age’ myth. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images

 

We can’t accurately predict solar activity, and a quiet solar cycle would have a small impact on Earth’s climate anyway...

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KEEP OIL DRILLING RIGS OFF COASTS, SENATORS TELL INTERIOR SECRETARY...

A brown pelican tries to raise its wings as it sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the gulf. Photo: AP

 

Oil drilling is not healthy for America's coastal waters, nor is Trump administration policy that rides roughshod over states, 37 Democratic senators said Tuesday in a blunt reprimand to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke...

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WEATHER AND CLIMATE DISASTERS COST U.S. A RECORD $306 BILLION IN 2017...

Satellite image showing Hurricane Harvey approaching the Texas coast on Aug. 25, 2017. Image: noaa/nasa

 

A disastrous hurricane season combined with wildfires and other extreme weather events inflicted a record-setting toll on the U.S. in 2017, with 16 billion-dollar weather and climate events costing a total of $306 billion in damage. These events caused 362 direct deaths...

 

 

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THE ROCKEFELLERS VS. THE COMPANY THAT MADE THEM ROCKEFELLERS...

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OIL GIANT EXXONMOBIL COUNTERS CLIMATE-CHANGE SUITS BY SF, OTHER GOVERNMENTS...

Photo: Dreamstime, TNS

 

In a court filing submitted Monday, Exxon Mobil said California communities quietly met six years ago to concoct plans to use government investigations and legal action to force oil producers to respond to climate change...

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HURRICANES, WILDFIRES MADE 2017 THE MOST COSTLY U.S. DISASTER YEAR ON RECORD...

People walk through floodwater near Interstate 10 in Houston on Aug. 27, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

 

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday...

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