FROM THE HEAD OF OUR EPA? : EVOLUTION'S A 'THEORY,' 'MAJORITY' RELIGIONS UNDER ATTACK...

Scott Pruitt described the Second Amendment as divinely granted, and condemned federal judges as a “judicial monarchy." | Pete Marovich/Getty Images

 

Radio archives from Oklahoma also show him warning of ‘judicial monarchy’ and advocating constitutional amendments to ban abortion and gay marriage...

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UNUSUALLY HIGH TEMPERATURES IN ARCTIC RISE IN FREQUENCY...

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Weather patterns in the Arctic have been described as "freakishly warm." NPR's Michel Martin talks with climate science professor Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University about what's behind it...

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STOP BLAMING ‘BOTH SIDES’ FOR AMERICA’S CLIMATE FAILURES...

                              

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson was impressed with the way Donald Trump watched the solar eclipse without glasses. Carlson described it as ‘perhaps the most impressive thing any president has done’. Photograph: Fox News

 

The fault lies entirely with the GOP. Focus on fixing it, not laying blame where it doesn’t belong...

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WE’VE RADICALLY UNDERESTIMATED HOW VULNERABLE AMERICANS ARE TO FLOODING...

A Texas National Guardsman carries a resident from her flooded home following Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas.Lt. Zachary West/Army National Guard via Getty Images

 

New research claims that official estimates lowballed the risk by, uh, about a factor of three...

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HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS REMAIN WITHOUT POWER AFTER DEADLY WINTER STORM RILEY...

                        

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At a Glance

  • Winter Storm Riley has killed at least nine people on the East Coast.
  • Nearly 200,000 remain without power.
  • States of emergency were declared in Maryland and Virginia.

 

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ARCTIC NEWS: WARNING SIGNS...

                         

The Arctic is warming up more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, due to numerous feedbacks. At times, large areas over the Arctic Ocean can become 30°C or 54°F warmer than 1979-2000, as illustrated by the image below...

 

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #9...

                                           

NWS Boston‏@NWSBoston [HAZARDS] Updated. Coastal flood warning E MA, advisory S MA & RI; hurricane / storm force wind warnings for the waters; high wind warning & advisory across the interior; flood watch for E MA, RI & CT; winter storm warning for the high terrain ... Mainly Friday through Saturday

 

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

Editor's Pick:

We’ve radically underestimated how vulnerable Americans are to flooding...

New research claims that official estimates lowballed the risk by, uh, about a factor of three.

A giant nor’easter — incongruously named Winter Storm Riley, like some Brooklyn kid’s play date — is expected slam into New England coast today, bringing snow, rain, high tides, and damaging winds.

The Boston Globe reports that the National Weather Service has “high confidence” that the eastern coast of Massachusetts is going to experience “moderate to major flooding.” It has “moderate confidence” that heavy rains of two to three inches could cause urban and street flooding throughout southeastern Massachusetts, including Boston...

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SEA LEVEL RISE DAMAGING MORE U.S. BASES, FORMER TOP MILITARY BRASS WARN...

   The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine is one of several military sites at risk from sea level rise, at new report from a panel of retired military officers warns. Credit: U.S. Navy

 

The retired admirals and generals say climate change is putting key military facilities at risk of costly damage that could knock out critical operations for weeks...

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ARCTIC SPRING IS STARTING 16 DAYS EARLIER THAN A DECADE AGO, STUDY SHOWS...

A snowshoe hare stands near Thule air base in Pituffik, Greenland. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

 

Climate change is causing the season to start comparatively earlier the further north you go, say scientists

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WIDESPREAD DROUGHT ACROSS US STOKING FEARS THAT 2012'S DEVASTATION WILL REPEAT...

Drought conditions in Illinois may improve with hard spring rains, though it doesn't seem that way looking at this field in western Illinois. Madelyn Beck / Harvest Public Media

 

Western Illinois might be close to the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, but it’s the driest part of the state this year...

 

 

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ONCE-IN-A-GENERATION FLOODING POSSIBLE IN BOSTON — FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS YEAR...

Drivers make their way along flooded Beach Road after the ocean breached the seawall outside Boston on Jan. 4, during the “bomb cyclone. Similar scenes will be possible Friday and Saturday in Boston, but at least there won’t be sea ice. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

 

Even by New England standards, the Nor’easter forecast to explosively develop Friday and Saturday is set to be a whopper. With onshore winds topping 70 mph, a stalling ocean storm that will linger for days, and the full moon Thursday night, the stage is set for a worst case-scenario coastal flood event...

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ONLY ONE COUNTRY WILL BE TO BLAME IF THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL FAILS...

George W Bush speaks at the US ocean and atmospheric administration in 2002, where he emphasised the "scientific uncertainties" of climate change (Photo: George Bush White House)

 

The agreement’s challenges should not be painted as a collective global failure: the US, with its malignant politics, is the only country that truly matters...

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ANCIENT CARBON IS COMING FROM ARCTIC SOIL. IT MIGHT BE FINE, BUT IT MIGHT BE TERRIBLE...

The marshy, tundra landscape near Newtok, Alaska, is seen from a plane in July 2015. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

 

Scientists on Tuesday published new evidence that old or even ancient carbon, pulled out of the atmosphere and stored in the bodies of plants hundreds or thousands of years ago, is being set loose again from soils in the Arctic region.

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ACTIONS TODAY WILL DECIDE ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET LOSS AND SEA LEVEL RISE...

A handout picture released by British Antarctic Survey shows the Larsen C iceberg. Photograph: Ali Rose/AFP/Getty Images

 

A new study finds that waiting 5 extra years to peak carbon pollution will cost 20 cm sea level rise...

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THEY'RE HERE TO FIX CLIMATE CHANGE! THEY’RE COLLEGE REPUBLICANS...

An attendee wears a GOP elephant necklace during a California Republican Party convention in Burlingame, California. Stephen Lam / Reuters

 

"A lot of young conservatives are frustrated by the false choice between no climate action and a big government regulatory scheme."

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SPRING HAS ARRIVED EARLY FOR MUCH OF THE US. IT’S GORGEOUS — AND CONCERNING...

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This map will show how early spring has arrived in your state...

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‘THERE IS NO ICE’...

                            

A polar bear testing the strength of thin sea ice in the Arctic. Credit Mario Hoppmann/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

 

 “There is no ice where there is almost always ice,” The Washington Post’s weather experts tweeted yesterday, referring to an area north of Greenland...

 

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SCIENTISTS HAVE DETECTED AN ACCELERATION IN SEA LEVEL RISE...

The intersection of 8th Street and Atlantic Avenue is flooded in Ocean City, N.J., after the storm surge from Superstorm Sandy flooded much of the town, aided by rising sea levels. Photograph: Mel Evans/AP

 

Faster melting of ice sheets is speeding up sea level rise..

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WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE: COMFORTING FALSE HOPES ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING REDUCTION PROGRESS OR HONEST FACTS?

               

 

Myself, our organization, and our allies are constantly struggling with how to communicate the truth about our current state of global warming. How do we effectively tell our members what many climate scientists know, but few will publicly state because of negative repercussions to their funding, careers, and personal safety?

 

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HOW TO OVERCOME “APOCALYPSE FATIGUE” AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Psychologist Per Espen Stoknes explains how to reframe discussions of climate change so that we feel inspired to act...

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