LOS ANGELES CONTEMPLATES ITS OWN CLIMATE SUIT, TOO...

A Los Angeles County search and rescue team walks through a neighborhood that was destroyed by a mudslide on Jan. 11 in Montecito, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Los Angeles County search and rescue team walks through a neighborhood that was destroyed by a mudslide on Jan. 11 in Montecito, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

Last week, the nation’s most populous city sued the five biggest oil companies operating in the United States...

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COULD BIODIVERSITY DESTRUCTION LEAD TO A GLOBAL TIPPING POINT?

Summers Place Auctions sells first Dodo skeleton in a century for £346,300 Summers Place Auctions announces the sale of a 95% complete composite skeleton of a Dodo the first to come up for sale since the early 20th century. It was part of the fourth Evolution sale at Summers Place Auctions on Tuesday, 22nd November 2016 and the hammer went down at £280,000. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

 

We are destroying the world’s biodiversity. Yet debate has erupted over just what this means for the planet – and us...

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HUMAN EMISSIONS MADE OCEAN HEAT WAVE 53 TIMES MORE LIKELY...

Video: Climate 101: Oceans

 

A series of ocean heat waves have melted ice and killed marine life over the past few years. Scientists are studying their causes. Photograph by PAUL NICKLEN, National Geographic Creative

 

Three 2016 marine heat waves that killed whales, birds, corals, and shellfish from Australia to Alaska were many times more likely thanks to climate change...

 

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SNOWPACK NEAR RECORD LOWS SPELLS TROUBLE FOR WESTERN WATER SUPPLIES...

Ski resorts in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and parts of Colorado and California have been facing a winter drought. Fewer than half of the trails at Northstar at Lake Tahoe were open over the weekend. Credit: Steve Jurvetson/CC-BY-2.0

 

Scientists say snow seasons like the U.S. West is experiencing now will become more common as global temperatures rise, and economic costs will go up, as well...

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STUDY FINDS THAT GLOBAL WARMING EXACERBATES REFUGEE CRISES...

Farmers ride in their tractor in the drought-hit region of Hasaka in northeastern Syria on June 17, 2010. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

 

Higher temperatures increase the number of people seeking asylum in the EU...

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PHILIPPINES RAISES MAYON VOLCANO THREAT LEVEL TO 'CRITICAL'...

Children play in a river before a backdrop of the Mayon volcano. Three steam-explosions since Saturday have spewed ash into nearby villages and may have caused lava to start to flow out. Photograph: Charism Sayat/AFP/Getty Images

 

Thousands of villagers evacuated after authorities warn ‘hazardous eruption’ is possible within weeks or even days...

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LET’S WRENCH POWER BACK FROM THE BILLIONAIRES...

 

If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change...

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FORWARD ON CLIMATE NOT ONE STEP BACK... STOP TRUMP!

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JET STREAM CHANGES SINCE 1960S LINKED TO MORE EXTREME WEATHER...

Valerie Trouet takes a pencil-thin core from an old Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing on Mount Olympus in Greece. (Photo: Greg King © 2010)

 

By using tree rings, the UA-led team developed the first reconstruction of historical changes in the North Atlantic jet stream prior to the 20th century...

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SEA LEVELS OFF DUTCH COAST HIGHEST EVER RECORDED IN 2017...

The Dutch are reversing centuries of tradition to create natural flood plains for rivers as well as rebuild mangrove swamps as buffers against the sea. Instead of raising dikes, the Dutch want to reclaim land and build public recreation areas that can absorb storm surges. In this 2009 photo, a couple walk along one such beach. Credit: Jerry Lampen/Reuters

 

Storm surges and tidal cycles caused record sea levels along the coast of the Netherlands last year, a Dutch marine institute has found...

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AMERICA'S MOST PRESSING THREAT? CLIMATE CHANGE...

A truly global foe. Photographer: Ricardo R. Guzman/U.S. Navy via Getty Images

 

The Trump administration is ignoring a huge threat to national security and global stability...

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CALIFORNIA MUDSLIDE: HOPE FADES FOR SURVIVORS AFTER DEADLY DISASTER...

In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County fire department, Kerry Mann navigates the large boulders and mudflow that destroyed the home of her friend in Montecito, California. Photograph: Xinhua / Barcroft Images

 

Montecito is a scene of devastation after an avalanche of mud and debris swept through the wealthy enclave north of Los Angeles leaving 18 dead...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #2...

Harvesting rice. Phuong D. Nguyen / Shutterstock.com

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam...

 

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1.5 DEGREES WARMING AND THE SEARCH FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE FOR THE POOR...

For farmworkers, the difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius warming can be the loss or survival of crops and the ability to labor all day in high heat. A 2016 heat wave and drought dried up this farmer's crop in the Philippines and led to deadly protests as people went hungry. Credit: Jes Aznar/Getty Images

 

The difference between 1.5 and 2 degrees is 'a greater likelihood of drought, flooding, resource depletion, conflict and forced migration,’ a new IPCC draft warns...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 1-7, 2018...

This figure is from paper #20.

 

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

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