NEW ZEALAND HEATWAVE SPARKS HEALTH ALERTS AND SCRAMBLE FOR FANS...

Supporters take shelter from the heat during the under-19 Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Queenstown. Photograph: Dianne Manson-IDI/Getty Images

 

Temperatures forecast to hit 40C/104F as even prime minister Jacinda Ardern struggles to keep cool...

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AFTER FOUR MONTHS, MUCH OF PUERTO RICO STILL DARK AND DAMAGED (30 Photos)...

Part of the Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), seen behind a cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 22, 2018. Alvin Baez / Reuters

 

Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in late September of last year, and residents are still struggling to regain their footing. Approximately 450,000 of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers are still without power, and those who do have electricity suffer frequent blackouts...

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IS THERE A TICKING TIME BOMB UNDER THE ARCTIC?

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA

 

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold...

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2017 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR YET IN THE WORLD'S OCEAN...

 People gather on a hot winter day on Ipanema beach on September 8, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to NOAA, global temperatures over the first six months of 2017 were the second-highest on record. Photograph by Mario Tama, Getty

 

Warming ocean waters can have harmful impacts on habitats like coral reefs and sea ice, to name a few...

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DONALD TRUMP SAYS US COULD RE-ENTER PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

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In ITV interview US president also says he would take tougher stand on Brexit than Theresa May...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #4...

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Donald Trump appears to misunderstand basic facts of climate change in Piers Morgan interview...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #4...

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Men in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, collect water on Nov. 11, 2017. Years after Hurricane Matthew nearly devastated Haiti, its vulnerability only increases. Reuters/Martinez Casares

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Why climate change is worsening public health problems...

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EPA CHIEF UNDER NIXON AND REAGAN: GOP’S CLIMATE DENIAL IS ‘KILLING EVERYTHING’...

William Ruckelshaus in 1970. Bettmann via Getty Images

 

William Ruckelshaus, the first and fifth EPA administrator, has been a fierce critic of Scott Pruitt...

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EARTH OVERSHOOT: HOW SUSTAINABLE IS POPULATION GROWTH?

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For decades people have been predicting overpopulation would wipe out energy resources if not the entire planet. Every year the population bomb and peak oil crowd have been proven wrong. But how long can the status quo of generating growth by population explosion last?

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IN 2017, THE OCEANS WERE BY FAR THE HOTTEST EVER RECORDED...

A flare from an ocean-based oil rig burning LNG as part of its exploration activities. Photograph: Dazman/Getty Images/iStockphoto

 

The second-hottest year recorded at Earth’s surface was the hottest in its oceans...

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS WORSENING PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS...

People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

 

Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access...

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THE GLOBAL CO2 RISE: THE FACTS, EXXON AND THE FAVORITE DENIAL TRICKS...

 

The basic facts about the global increase of CO2 in our atmosphere are clear and established beyond reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, I’ve recently seen some of the old myths peddled by “climate skeptics” pop up again. Are the forests responsible for the CO2 increase? Or volcanoes? Or perhaps the oceans?

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THE DAVOS PARADOX...

The town sign at the entrance to Davos, Switzerland. Photo: AP

 

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos creaks with irony: where the rich talk earnestly about solving inequality and big emitters promise to solve climate change – you know, at a “realistic” pace...

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ARE THERE ZOMBIE VIRUSES IN THE THAWING PERMAFROST?

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Last summer, Zac Peterson was on the adventure of a lifetime.The 25-year-old teacher was helping archaeologists excavate an 800-year-old log cabin, high above the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Alaska...

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CALIFORNIA ROCKED BY THREE EARTHQUAKES IN ONE DAY, SCIENTISTS EXPECT MORE TO COME IN 2018...

California from above. The state was rocked by earthquakes on Thursday.  NASA

 

Three earthquakes hit California on Thursday, one as far south as Trabuco Canyon and a second all the way up to a spot off the coast of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)...

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‘DAY ZERO’ LOOMS AS CAPE TOWN SCRAMBLES TO TACKLE WATER CRISIS...

A man carries water collected from drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring near Cape Town. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images

 

With less than 80 days to go until “Day Zero,” when chronic water shortages may force Cape Town authorities to turn off the taps, officials are scrambling to persuade the city’s four million residents to slash consumption and put emergency plans in place should the supply be cut off.

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IF THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK WANTS TO BE RELEVANT, IT SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE A DIGITAL VERSION...

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

The "Doomsday Clock" is now at 2 minutes to midnight. Are you scared? Because according to the experts at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, you should be. This is the closest the clock (THE clock) has been since 1953, people. And that was a scary time in the midst of the Cold War, when duck and cover drills were being held across the U.S. 

 

 

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CALIFORNIA JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SUING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

 

Here we are again.

On Wednesday, California filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration — this time concerning the repeal of an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on publicly owned lands. A coalition of environmental and tribal groups also sued this week to block the rollback of the fracking rule, which the Trump administration finalized on Dec. 29.

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SHRINKING MOUNTAIN GLACIERS ARE AFFECTING PEOPLE DOWNSTREAM...

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Many glaciers seem to have already reached a tipping point, after which freshwater runoff will begin to decline...

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DROUGHT RETURNS TO TEXAS JUST MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODS STATE...

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

 

Just five months after the monster storm gave Texas its wettest month in history, much of the state is now in a drought — including areas that saw historic flooding...

 

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