HOW HOT WAS IT IN AUSTRALIA? HOT ENOUGH TO MELT ASPHALT...

Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Sunday as the temperature reached as high as 117 degrees.CreditGlenn Campbell/European Pressphoto Agency

 

You probably heard about the arctic blast that turned much of North America into a Popsicle last week, but in Australia, where Christmas is a summer holiday, it was so hot this weekend that the asphalt melted on a stretch of highway...

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CLIMATE DENIAL PERVADES THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE, BUT IT'S HITTING SOME LIMITS...

President Donald Trump was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he spoke before signing an order in March 2017 designed to promote coal and roll back the Obama administration's efforts to rein in climate change. Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

 

The administration's culture of denialism and support for fossil fuels has pushed rollbacks of policies meant to protect public health, safety and the environment...

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WHAT ARE THE SEVEN GREATEST GLOBAL ADAPTIVE CHALLENGES FACING MILLENNIALS, YOUNGER GENERATIONS, AND HUMANITY AS A WHOLE?

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We invite you to consider the following percolating caldron of the seven most critical global challenges that face Millennials, our younger generations, and humanity...

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SYDNEY HITS ITS HIGHEST TEMPERATURE RECORDED SINCE 1939 WITH PENRITH REACHING 47.3C/117.14F...

Photo Sydneysiders are flocking to the beach to cope with the heat. AAP: Glenn Campbell

 

Penrith in Sydney's west has reached a top of 47.3C/117.14F, the highest temperature recorded by a weather station in the Sydney metropolitan area in 79 years...

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ICE LOSS AND THE POLAR VORTEX: HOW A WARMING ARCTIC FUELS COLD SNAPS...

A strong polar vortex (left, from December 2013) is centered over the Arctic. A weakened polar vortex (right, from January 2014) allows cold air to dip farther south. Credit: NOAA

 

The loss of sea ice may be weakening the polar vortex, allowing cold blasts to dip south from the Arctic, across North America, Europe and Russia, a new study says...

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THE YEAR CLIMATE CHANGE BEGAN TO SPIN OUT OF CONTROL...

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For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would make extreme events like droughts, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires more frequent, more devastating, or both...

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SHOW THIS CARTOON TO ANYONE WHO DOUBTS WE NEED HUGE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

You might ask "So what is this supposed to mean?"  Scroll down and see...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #1...

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Show this cartoon to anyone who doubts we need huge action on climate change...

This story focuses on a scenario from climate scientist Joeri Rogelj, which would give us a 66 percent chance at limiting warming to 2 degrees, which would requires no emissions by 2065, followed by negative emissions. But a previous version of this story said we would need to reach no emissions by 2050, which is part of a scenario in which we give ourselves a 50 percent chance at staying under 1.5 degrees warming — a far less realistic goal.

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, DECEMBER 25-31, 2017...

 

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

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NO COUNTRY ON EARTH IS TAKING THE 2 DEGREE CLIMATE TARGET SERIOUSLY...

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If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.

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WE MUST STOP THIS! TRUMP PLANS TO OPEN NEARLY ALL U.S. WATERS TO DRILLING...

 

Yesterday, President Trump's Interior Department announced plans to open up oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States marine waters, putting more than 100 million offshore acres under imminent threat from the Trump administration and Big Oil.1

This is unacceptable, and we need you to take action today!

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AS THE ARCTIC MELTS, NATIONS RACE TO OWN WHAT’S LEFT BEHIND...

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Drawing clear borders around the Arctic Ocean matters for the future of the people who live there — and for the planet as a whole...

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2017 SET A RECORD FOR LOSSES FROM NATURAL DISASTERS. IT COULD GET WORSE...

Roberto Figueroa Caballero’s home in San Juan, P.R., was destroyed by Hurricane Maria last year. Credit Ramon Espinosa/Associated Press

 

Insurers are set to pay out a record $135 billion to cover losses from natural disasters in 2017, the world’s largest reinsurer said Thursday, driven by the costliest hurricane season ever in the United States and widespread flooding in South Asia...

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MAPPED: A WORLD TOUR OF 2017 IN CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS...

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What a year. Take a virtual world tour of our 21 top stories, from forest diamonds to Fiji-on-the-Rhine climate talks. Yes, Donald Trump makes an appearance...

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WHICH WORKS BETTER: CLIMATE FEAR, OR CLIMATE HOPE? WELL, IT'S COMPLICATED...

The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares national park, southern Argentina, breaks. ‘It seems the hope and fear camps of the climate debate are each seeing only part of the puzzle.’ Photograph: Ariel Molina/EPA

Communication is everything when it comes to the climate change debate – and there isn’t just one way to speak to people’s emotions...

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SCIENCE SAYS: WHY THERE’S A BIG CHILL IN A WARMER WORLD...

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. The weather in the U.S. is that upside down...

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WHY SO COLD? CLIMATE CHANGE MAY BE PART OF THE ANSWER...

Niagara Falls, on the border of New York and Ontario, on Wednesday. Scientists are studying how climate change is influencing cold snaps in North America and Europe. Credit Aaron Lynett/Reuters

 

As bitter cold continues to grip much of North America and helps spawn the fierce storm along the East Coast, the question arises: What’s the influence of climate change?

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SEA LEVEL RISE COULD DISPLACE 20,000 IN HAWAII: REPORT...

Sea level forecast alarming: Report predicts hundreds on Big Island would be displaced, great economic loss...

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CONSUMERISM AND CAPITALISM IS DESTROYING THE EARTH...

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EARTH WILL START BECOMING A DESERT BY 2050 IF GLOBAL WARMING ISN’T STOPPED, STUDY SAYS...

Aridification is a serious threat – as well as leading to droughts and wildfires it can also have an impact on agriculture, water quality, and biodiversity. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA

More than 25 percent of the Earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if the attempts made by the Paris climate agreement to curb global warming are not met, according to a new study by the journal Nature Climate Change...

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