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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NEW CARBON CAPTURE TECHNOLOGIES WON'T SAVE US IN TIME TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING CAUSED EXTINCTION!

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Instead of being honest with the public and telling us we needed to immediately make difficult and costly fossil fuel use reductions and sacrifices for ourselves, our children, and future generations, the world's leading global warming authorities at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference took the cowardly and easy way out...

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EXXON STUDIES CLIMATE POLICIES AND SEES ‘LITTLE RISK’ TO BOTTOM LINE...

An Exxon refinery in Baytown, Tex. The company reassured shareholders that it would “continue to play a critical role in meeting the world’s energy demand.” Credit Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — In one sign of the pressures that companies face to understand the business risks of stricter climate-change policies, one of the world’s biggest energy companies on Friday offered its thoughts on how it would fare in a low-carbon world...

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THE WIRED GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Illustrations by Radio

The world is getting warmer, the weather is getting worse. Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet...

 

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FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ‘CANNOT RESCUE’ MANKIND FROM CLIMATE CHANGE, SAY EXPERTS...

Technologies are being developed that remove carbon dioxide as it is being emitted, but such methods may only have 'limited potential' to prevent global warming Getty Images

 

Plans to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere have 'limited potential' to keep global warming below target limits, and nations must instead focus on reducing emissions, according to a new report...

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GROSS MISINFORMATION ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND OUR FUTURE...

 

By late 2017, it became clear to our non-profit global warming educational organization that the global warming authorities in charge of the 2016 Paris climate conference agreement had grossly misinformed the public. Their failure to warn the public of the true severity of current and future global warming consequences was just the latest offense in a continual chain of misinformation...

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IT'S NOT OKAY HOW CLUELESS DONALD TRUMP IS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Donald Trump and Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain Photograph: ITV

 

We’ve come to accept Trump’s ignorance, but it’s often dangerous...

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EARTH'S TEMPERATURE COULD SPIKE ABOVE A KEY PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET BY 2022...

Global average temperature anomalies in 2017. Image: nasa giss

 

Within the next five years, global average surface temperatures may temporarily breach a key guardrail set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a new report from the U.K. Met Office...

 

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IPCC COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK...

 

A new handbook on science communication came out from IPCC this week. Nominally it’s for climate science related communications, but it has a wider application as well. This arose mainly out of an “Expert meeting on Communication” that IPCC held in 2016...

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MET OFFICE WARNS OF GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RISE EXCEEDING 1.5C LIMIT...

Lake Hume, New South Wales, Australia was devastated by a recent drought. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images

 

In next five years greenhouse gases may push global warming past threshold set by Paris deal...

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HOW SENSITIVE IS EARTH’S CLIMATE TO CARBON DIOXIDE POLLUTION?

The lignite-fired power station of Boxberg is captured in front of an upcoming thunderstorm on June 25, 2017 in Boxberg, Germany. | Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

 

A new study seeks to pin down how much global temperatures are likely to rise with a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere compared to the pre-industrial era...

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THE ECOLOGY ETHIC...

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Our one shared living biosphere is collapsing and dying. Continued being depends urgently upon reconnecting with nature through global embrace of an ecology ethic whose individual affirmative outcomes for natural ecosystems are sufficient in sum to sustain global nature. A primary ethical measure of a person is the degree to which their lifestyle positively or negatively impacts nature...

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STATE OF THE UNION: TRUMP GLORIFIES COAL, SHUTS EYES TO CLIMATE RISKS...

President Trump talked about energy, but only fossil fuels; extreme weather, but not climate change; and jobs and trade, without mentioning the thousands of U.S. solar jobs his tariff plan puts at risk. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

 

Trump talked of the year's climate disasters—without saying 'climate change'—and while repeating his usual promotion of the fossil fuels that drive global warming...

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HOW TO GET FULL FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES FROM GLOBAL WARMING AGGRAVATED OR CAUSED DISASTERS...

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First of all, our sympathy goes out to you because you have experienced the tremendous pain, suffering and loss of living through a global warming aggravated or caused disaster...

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TRUMP KEEPS SAYING THE U.S. MAY STAY IN THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD. AND THE MEDIA KEEPS BELIEVING HIM...

THE LIGHTBULB

Late Sunday night, British journalist Piers Morgan delivered some breaking news via Twitter:

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