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 The White House has just withdrawn the nomination of Koch-funded climate denier Kathleen Hartnett White, who Trump had tapped for the top environmental post at the White House. Hartnett White is yet another one of Trump's extreme and unqualified nominees withdrawn under controversy...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

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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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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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