Summers Place Auctions sells first Dodo skeleton in a century for £346,300 Summers Place Auctions announces the sale of a 95% complete composite skeleton of a Dodo the first to come up for sale since the early 20th century. It was part of the fourth Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 and the hammer went down at £280,000. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images
We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us...Read more
Ski resorts in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and parts of Colorado and California have been facing a winter drought. Fewer than half of the trails at Northstar at Lake Tahoe were open over the weekend. Credit: Steve Jurvetson/CC-BY-2.0
Scientists say snow seasons like the U.S. West is experiencing now will become more common as global temperatures rise, and economic costs will go up, as well...Read more
Farmers ride in their tractor in the drought-hit region of Hasaka in northeastern Syria on June 17, 2010. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images
Higher temperatures increase the number of people seeking asylum in the EU...Read more
Children play in a river before a backdrop of the Mayon volcano. Three steam-explosions since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have caused lava to start to flow out. Photograph: Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of villagers evacuated after authorities warn ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible within weeks or even days...Read more
If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change...Read more
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Valerie Trouet takes a pencil-thin core from an old Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing on Mount Olympus in Greece. (Photo: Greg King © 2010)
By using tree rings, the UA-led team developed the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam...
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...Read more
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A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
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"...Read more
Despite some inroads, Christians remain largely unconcerned about the environment...Read more
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...
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...Read more