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
This figure is from paper #20.
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
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...Read more
‘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...Read more
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...Read more
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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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...Read more
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...Read more