WHAT WILL AMERICA'S ICONIC PARKS LOOK LIKE IN 2050?

The past and future of Saguaro National Monument, Arizona Left: Ranger Doug poster in original WPA style; Right: Hannah Rothstein

 

An artist riffs on WPA posters to imagine how the country’s defining landscapes will look once climate change has taken its toll...

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MODELS COMING INTO AGREEMENT ON WIDESPREAD EFFECTS OF ARCTIC SEA ICE LOSS...

An ice lead in the Arctic Ocean is captured from the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft as it flies roughly 30 meters (100 feet) above the ocean during a field project studying low-level ozone formation. Image credit: James Hannigan/UCAR.

 

Exactly a year after more than 100 scientists gathered to discuss the connections between Arctic sea ice loss and midlatitude climate (see our coverage), the picture has become a bit clearer. There’s now strong agreement on several of the weather and climate patterns that future Arctic sea ice loss will create, provided that the right types of climate models are put on the task—models that capture the interplay among atmosphere, oceans, and sea ice...

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IF THE WORLD BUILDS EVERY COAL PLANT THAT’S PLANNED, CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS ARE DOOMED, SCIENTISTS SAY...

The coal power plant in Jaenschwalde, Germany, on Saturday. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

 

The much-heralded demise of the coal industry may be overstated, a new scientific analysis asserts — finding that if all planned plants were constructed, the world would have little chance of meeting its climate change goals...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS INCREASING FLOOD RISKS IN EUROPE...

Flood of the Seine in the Yvelines on January 29, 2018 in Villennes sur Seine, France. Photograph: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images

 

A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming...

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IF SMOKERS ARE SINGLED OUT, WHY NOT GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTERS?

 

Climate change a greater threat to public health than secondhand smoke...

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DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DEMAND PRUITT RECUSE HIMSELF FROM REWRITING CLEAN POWER PLAN...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

THE LIGHTBULB:

A group of Democratic senators is demanding that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt recuse himself from  repealing one of President Obama's signature environmental rules, which is intended to curb the release of greenhouse gases from the nation’s power plants...

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HUMANS NEED TO BECOME SMARTER THINKERS TO BEAT CLIMATE DENIAL...

President Donald Trump points skyward before donning protective glasses to view the solar eclipse, 21 August 2017, at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

 

A new paper shows that climate myths consistently fail critical thinking tests...

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NO DROP IN U.S. CARBON FOOTPRINT EXPECTED THROUGH 2050, ENERGY DEPARTMENT SAYS...

President Trump, speaking here at a refinery in North Dakota, has pushed for policies that promote fossil fuels and for the removal of greenhouse gas regulations. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

 

The U.S. alone would burn through much of the world's carbon budget under its current policies as oil production and the natural gas boom continue...

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BREAKING: WHITE HOUSE FORCED TO PULL CONTROVERSIAL NOMINEE...

 

Great news! The White House has just withdrawn the nomination of Koch-funded climate denier Kathleen Hartnett White, who Trump had tapped for the top environmental post at the White House. Hartnett White is yet another one of Trump's extreme and unqualified nominees withdrawn under controversy...

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KEEPING THE WORLD BELOW 2°C OF WARMING NEEDS TECH WE DON’T HAVE...

Reforesting would help, but we're still deforesting. Mikko Muinonen

 

European national science academies report warns tepid emission cuts not enough...

 

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THE ARCTIC IS FULL OF TOXIC MERCURY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOING TO RELEASE IT...

A hill of permafrost “slumping” in 2009 near the remote, boggy fringe of North America, 1,400 miles from the North Pole. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

 

We already knew that thawing Arctic permafrost would release powerful greenhouse gases. On Monday, scientists revealed it could also release massive amounts of mercury — a potent neurotoxin and serious threat to human health...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ON ANTARCTICA BECOMES CLEARER AS SCIENTISTS MAKE PROGRESS...

Antarctica is thought to hold enough water to increase sea levels by more than 50 metres. (Supplied: Australian Antarctic Division)

 

Understanding exactly what is going on in Antarctica has long been fraught for climate scientists, but what is happening on the continent could soon be felt around the world...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 22-28, 2018...

The figure above is from paper article #30.

 

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

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OIL GIANT SUES OTHER OIL GIANT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE BECAUSE THIS IS OUR WORLD NOW...

Photo: Getty

 

Last fall, the cities of Oakland and San Francisco sued oil behemoth Chevron for billions of dollars because of its role in causing climate change. Chevron is, of course, fighting the case, but if it loses, it wants to take down another oil company with it...

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POLAR VORTEX: HOW THE JET STREAM AND CLIMATE CHANGE BRING ON COLD SNAPS...

The polar jet stream can be several miles deep and more than 100 miles wide, with the strongest winds typically 5 to 10 miles above the ground. In this NASA visualization (see the 30-day animation below), the fastest winds are in red; slower winds are in blue. Credit: NASA

 

It might seem counterintuitive, but global warming plays a role in blasts of bitter cold weather. The reason: It influences the jet stream. Here’s how...

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A CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE ON REDUCED OR ELIMINATED SERVICES FOR ALL JOB ONE SUBSCRIBERS/MEMBERS...

We have just run out of an endowment given to us by a wealthy donor years ago who understood the importance of our mission. Because of this new financial reality, we have had to make drastic cuts to our free services and organizational operations. This is because we have still not been able to raise enough new donations to meet our humble monthly obligations...

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A FOOLS ERRAND? HOW BILL GATES AIMS TO CLEAN UP THE PLANET...

Carbon Engineering’s direct air capture plant in Squamish, British Columbia, one of the few such facilities in the world. Photograph: pembina.org

 

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?

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NEGATIVE EMISSIONS HAVE ‘LIMITED POTENTIAL’ TO HELP MEET CLIMATE GOALS...

Afforestation of cedars in Kitayama Japan, 2008. Credit: JTB MEDIA CREATION, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo.

The potential for using negative emissions technologies to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement could be more “limited” than previously thought, concludes a new report by European science advisors...

 

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WHY CAPE TOWN IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER, AND WHO’S NEXT...

 

Cape Town's main water supply, at the Theewaterskloof Dam, is running dry, and the city may soon have to turn off its taps. Photograph from AP

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #5...

While the West Coast was being inundated, on the other side of the Alps, there were fires.  Photo: Iain McGregor/Stuff

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Ice, fire, storms and heat: Climate change is now part of our everyday lives...

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