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...

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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...

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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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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...

Is it warm in here?(Shutterstock)

 

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...

Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, National Ice Center/NOAA

 

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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