INTERFAITH GROUP ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE...

There are Interfaith Power & Light chapters in 40 states, including North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C. The nonprofit organization has become a leading nationwide, faith-based player in the climate change debate. Photo: Interfaith Power & Light website

 

Not that long ago, chances are pretty good Interfaith Power & Light (IP&L) was not a household name in many homes in North Carolina...

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DESPERATION GROWS IN PUERTO RICO’S POOR COMMUNITIES WITHOUT WATER OR POWER...

With no running water, Puerto Rico residents in some areas resorted to washing clothes in creeks and drainage ditches. Credit: Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

 

The health crisis is intensifying two weeks after Hurricane Maria, and government aid is slow. 'We could see significant epidemics,' a health expert warned...

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BALI GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY TO HANDLE EVACUEES UNDER LOOMING THREAT OF VOLCANIC ERUPTION...

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Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has declared a state of emergency to handle evacuees from Mount Agung...

 

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SHUNNING FOSSIL FUELS, 40 CATHOLIC GROUPS SEEK CLIMATE ACTION...

Pope Francis speaks outside the Porziuncola, the chapel inside the Saint Mary of Angels Basilica, in the pilgrimage town of Assisi, central Italy, August 4, 2016. REUTERS/Remo Casilli/File Photo

 

OSLO (Reuters) - Forty Roman Catholic groups said on Tuesday they were shunning investments in fossil fuels and urged others to follow suit...

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CRITICAL UPDATE ON GLOBAL WARMING CURRENT CONDITION FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR...

Most environmental organizations are not telling their members about how bad global warming actually is. This is because they believe their members would lose hope. They also know that if their email messages to their members are not full of hope, progress being made, and optimism, many members will stop donating...

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POLL: MOST AMERICANS WANT GOVERNMENT TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE...

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More than 6 in 10 Americans believe that climate change is a problem that the federal government needs to address, according to a new poll...

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AS TRUMP SET TO VISIT PUERTO RICO, 95 PERCENT LACK POWER...

Local residents wait in line during a water distribution in Bayamon following damages caused by Hurricane Maria in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, October 1, 2017 REUTERS/Carlos Barria

 

Federal and local authorities were working together to keep 50 hospitals operational...

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WHY THE 97% CLIMATE CONSENSUS IS IMPORTANT...

John Oliver understands the importance of communicating the expert consensus on human-caused global warming. Photograph: Youtube

 

Some have argued that consensus messaging is counter-productive. Here’s why they’re wrong...

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CAN HOLLYWOOD MOVIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Jennifer Lawrence in “Mother!” Paramount Pictures
How do you tell a story about the destruction of the world?
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DONALD TRUMP IS A THREAT TO SURVIVAL OF LIFE ON EARTH: IF NUCLEAR WAR DOESN'T GET US, FALLING OXYGEN LEVELS WILL...

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Since President Donald Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, the world has been looking towards other countries to pick up global leadership on climate change action...

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STARK EVIDENCE: A WARMER WORLD IS SPARKING MORE AND BIGGER WILDFIRES...

Firefighters battle a wildfire near Mariposa, California. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images

 

The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be greater risk for fires on nearly every continent... 

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ANCIENT BRISTLECONE PINE FORESTS ARE BEING OVERWHELMED BY CLIMATE CHANGE...

Clockwise from top left: The intricate designs on the bark of an ancient bristlecone pine are nature's artwork. Thick sap drips from a pinecone. The bristlecone pines, some of the oldest trees in the world, are being invaded by younger trees usually found at lower, warmer elevations. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
For thousands of years, wind-whipped, twisted bristlecone pines have been clinging to existence on the arid, stony crests of eastern California’s White Mountains, in conditions inhospitable to most other life...
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EARTH MAY BE CLOSE TO 'THRESHOLD OF CATASTROPHE'...

A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite captured its first view of the entire sunlit side of the spherical planet Earth, on July 6, 2015. Credit: NASA
The amount of carbon dioxide that humans will have released into the atmosphere by 2100 may be enough to trigger a sixth mass extinction, a new study suggests...
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PASCAL’S WAGER AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE: HEDGING YOUR BET WHEN THE COST OF ERROR IS TOO HIGH...

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Blaise Pascal was a brilliant 17th century French philosopher. Rather than try to prove the existence of God, he chose instead to prove to skeptics why they should believe in the existence of God and live their lives as if God existed, even without proof...

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KASHMIR: GLOBAL WARMING...

Cheery Blossom: KL Image Jalalaludin Baba

 

Since decade’s human kind on the planet earth has pursued unending war with Mother Nature, in particular with earth and its surrounding atmosphere, which has caused enormous environmental complications. The carbon emission footprint on earth’s biosphere is threatening to create greenhouse effect of monumental consequences across the continents regardless of socio-economical status, development and advancement in science and technology...

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SEPTEMBER IS THE MOST ENERGETIC MONTH FOR HURRICANES RECORDED IN THE ATLANTIC EVER...

Hurricane Maria (NASA)

 

The 2017 hurricane season has certainly been one for the record books. Whether it be Harvey’s scale-tipping rains, Irma’s off-the-chart winds, or the sheer number of storms that have spun up, this year is clearly anything but normal...

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CAN WE REALLY LIMIT GLOBAL WARMING TO “WELL BELOW” TWO DEGREES CENTIGRADE?

Will we retire existing fossil fuel infrastructure at the required rates to limit global temperature rise to well below two degrees? (Photo: Shutterstock)

 

Yes, but only in a model. We have essentially emitted too much carbon dioxide already, and the most feasible pathways to stay “well below” two degrees all require removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere at an unprecedented scale...

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OUR HYDRA-HEADED META-DELUSIONS...

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Introduction

This second essay in a series introduces another key concept that explains why all of us in the USA are failing to address the climate crisis, ignoring ecological and population overshoot, shutting our eyes to the coming collapses attendant to massively excessive resource extractions, and related issues.

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #38...

Toon of the Week...

 

Story of the Week...

Arctic sea ice summer minimum

see video above...

Also see: 

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record by Daisy Dunne & Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief, Sep 20, 2017

We Charted Arctic Sea Ice for Nearly Every Day Since 1979. You’ll See a Trend. by Nadja Popovich, Henry Fountain & Adam Pearce, New York Times, Sep 22, 2017

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2017...

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. The graphic is from Lamsal et al. (paper #32).

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ANALYSIS: WHAT DOES REVISED METHANE DATA MEAN FOR THE PARIS AGREEMENT?

Jersey cows in field, Wiltshire, UK. Credit: Juice Images/Alamy Stock Photo

 

A study released today finds that global methane emissions from agriculture are much larger than previous estimates have suggested...

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ONE OF THE CLEAREST SIGNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN HURRICANES MARIA, IRMA, AND HARVEY WAS THE RAIN...

A flooded street in San Juan, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria Joe Raedle | Getty Images

 

Warmer temperatures are increasing the energy and moisture available to hurricanes...

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COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE: EARLY ESTIMATE FOR HURRICANES, FIRES REACHES $300 BILLION...

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit U.S. communities and farms as powerful storms within weeks of one another, causing extensive damage to public and private property. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

 

A new report starts adding up the damage from the past few weeks of western wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. It sees climate costs rising...

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HIDDEN COSTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE RUNNING HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS A YEAR...

Debris from a damaged home in Spring, Texas, serves as a reminder of Hurricane Harvey's fury. Such storms may be spurred by a changing climate, with expensive consequences. Photograph by Luke Sharrett, Bloomberg via Getty Images

 

A new report warns of a high price tag on the impacts of global warming, from storm damage to health costs. But solutions can provide better value, the authors say...

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CLIMATE ARMAGEDDON REVISITED...

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flig | CC BY 2.0

 

It was only five years ago that Scientific American published this article: Climate Armageddon: How the World’s Weather Could Quickly Run Amok, d/d May 25, 2012. The subheading to that article read: “Climate scientists think a perfect storm of climate ‘flip’ could cause massive upheavals in a matter of years.” Well now….

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IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, HURRICANE MARIA DROWNED WHAT IRMA DIDN’T DESTROY...

Lorraine Moorehead was reflected in her flooded living room floor on St. Thomas. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Time

 

As islanders wait for doctors, medicine, fuel and manpower to rebuild, the economic toll from the storms is only starting to come to light...

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PUERTO RICO HURRICANE CRISIS WORSENS: HERE'S WHY THIS COULD BE TRUMP'S KATRINA...

La Perla resident Maria Antonia Perez Rivera looks on from her battered residence after Hurricane Maria,in Puerto Rico. Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock

 

It's been one week since Category 4 Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, destroying the entire island's communications infrastructure, power grid, and leaving thousands homeless. The humanitarian crisis in the storm's wake is growing by the hour...

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DONALD TRUMP REFUSES TO SEND MORE AID TO PUERTO RICO, CITING BUSINESS INTERESTS...

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President Donald Trump has made it clear his administration isn't planning to allow any additional outside aid to get into Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria...

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U.S. SAYS NO NEED FOR PUERTO RICO SHIPPING WAIVER...

 

People whose flights were rescheduled for one week more are seen in Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 24, 2017. Getty

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday said there was no need to waive shipping restrictions to help get fuel and supplies to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, because it would do nothing to address the island’s main impediment to shipping, damaged ports...

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RENEWABLE ENERGY: EVAPORATION COULD POWER MOST OF THE U.S. — STUDY

Columbia University scientists are testing evaporation-to-power devices. ExtremeBio/YouTube

 

Imagine evaporation from lakes and reservoirs providing the majority of U.S. electricity at little cost and without heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions or intermittency problems.

That might sound too good to be true, but a Columbia University research team says it just might work...

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ENERGY AND AUTHORITARIANISM...

 

Could declining world energy result in a turn toward authoritarianism by governments around the world?

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EUROPE'S HOT, FIERY SUMMER LINKED TO GLOBAL WARMING, STUDY SHOWS...

Villagers fight a wildfire in an orchard as nearly 80 large fires burned across Portugal in early August 2017. Credit: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

 

The extreme heat, which fed wildfires and a heat wave so fierce it was dubbed 'Lucifer', was made 10 times more likely by climate change, scientists find...

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RIGHT-WING MEDIA COULD NOT BE MORE WRONG ABOUT THE 1.5°C CARBON BUDGET PAPER...

The slogan “1.5 DEGREES” is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

 

As usual, conservative media outlets distorted a climate science paper to advance the denialist agenda...

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WHITE HOUSE WEEKS AWAY FROM FORMAL FUNDING REQUEST FOR PUERTO RICO AID, SOURCES SAY...

A woman named Maria prepares food next to her home, destroyed by Hurricane Maria. The island has no electricity. Congress approved a massive hurricane relief package six days after Harvey hit Texas — yet appropriators appear weeks away from an aid request devoted to Puerto Rico. | Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

 

The administration contends that much of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is so damaged that officials can't even begin damage assessment...

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‘PEOPLE ARE DYING’: PUERTO RICO FACES DAUNTING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS...

Hurricane Maria swept mud and debris down streets and into homes across the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, home to 3.4 million people, about 44 percent of whom live below the poverty line. Credit: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images

 

As the full scope of Hurricane Maria's devastation emerges, leaders are calling for urgent help. Many of the risks were spelled out in a 2013 climate assessment...

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TRUMP'S HIRING FREEZE SHRUNK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STAFF BEFORE HURRICANES HIT...

President Trump taking a question from the press in front of the White House after meeting with people impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

Ahead of what would turn out to be a potentially record-breaking hurricane season, the National Weather Service had 216 vacant positions it could not fill due to a governmentwide hiring freeze imposed by the Trump administration, according to a recently released document...

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AT 2017 MINIMUM, SCIENTISTS ASK: IS ARCTIC ENTERING THE THIN ICE AGE?

 

  • The decline of Arctic ice didn’t set a record this year, with sea ice extent coming in eigth after record-setting 2012. On September 13, at the summer minimum, sea ice covered 4.64 million square kilometers; that’s 1.25 million square kilometers more than 2012.
  • However, that fact was overshadowed by another: experts say what matters most in the Arctic is the total volume of ice — a combination of thickness and extent. 2017 saw summer volumes among the lowest ever recorded.
  • The Arctic set still another record that concerns scientists: no other 12-month period (September 2016 to August 2017) has had such persistently low sea ice extent.
  • The Arctic ice is therefore showing no signs of recovery, scientists say, and its decline is likely continuing to impact the Earth’s weather in unpredictable and destabilizing ways.
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'ATTACKED FROM TWO SIDES': ANTARCTIC SEA ICE HITS ANOTHER RECORD LOW...

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Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk about 2 million square kilometres in just three years, swinging from a record large maximum area covered to a record low, in a shift that could have implications for the global climate...

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A KEY ANTARCTIC GLACIER JUST LOST A HUGE PIECE OF ICE — THE LATEST SIGN OF ITS WORRYING RETREAT...

The Pine Island Glacier calves 100 square miles of ice. (Stef Lhermitte)

 

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a process that has scientists wondering whether its behavior is changing for the worse...

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GROTESQUE GLOBAL INEQUITY THREATENS ECOLOGICAL COLLAPSE AND HORRIFIC DEATH FOR ALL...

Live more simply so that others may simply live...

 

Hundreds of millions of global elites feast upon the finest delicacies a diminished Earth has to offer, as billions struggle to meet basic needs, and oligarchs amass unheard of wealth and entire governments. Each in their own way destroys our one shared biosphere that makes earth habitable...

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TRUMP IS IGNORING PUERTO RICO’S SUFFERING...

Carmen Marrero takes a rest while she cleans debris from her house after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

 

The administration’s feeble response to Hurricane Maria rivals Bush’s after Katrina...

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THE CLIMATE SWERVE: REFLECTIONS ON MIND, HOPE AND SURVIVAL WITH ROBERT JAY LIFTON AND BILL MOYERS...

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The renowned psychiatrist and historian makes a case for hope for humanity's grasp of the dangers of climate change...

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THE MAIL'S CENSURE SHOWS WHICH MEDIA OUTLETS ARE BIASED ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

A selection of British newspapers - some more factually accurate and reliable than others. Photograph: Alamy

 

Right-wing media outlets like Breitbart, Fox News, and Rush Limbaugh echoed the Mail’s “significantly misleading” and now censured climate story...

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BAHAMAS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT DANGERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Bahamas Minister of Foreign Affairs Darren Henfield. (CMC)

 

UNITED NATIONS – The Bahamas says it is deeply concerned about the dangers of environmental degradation and climate change, stating that they threaten the region’s very survivability...

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CLIMATE DENIAL IS DEADLY...

 

As I write this, Americans in Puerto Rico are grappling with one of the greatest natural and humanitarian disasters to hit the United States in years, after a supercharged Hurricane Maria slammed the island...

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“EDEN IS BROKEN”: A CARIBBEAN LEADER CALLS FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

The island nation of Dominica was ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Shortly afterward, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit appeared before the U.N. urging action on climate change. Photograph by Cedrick Isham Calvados / AFP / Getty

 

At eleven o’clock on Saturday morning, long after Donald Trump, other world leaders, and the hundreds of journalists who cover their every word decamped from New York, Roosevelt Skerrit, the forty-five-year-old Prime Minister of the Caribbean island of Dominica, addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Dressed in a latticework tie and a tailored charcoal-colored suit with a Dominican flag pinned to the lapel, Skerrit, whose country was devastated by Hurricane Maria, declared that “Eden is broken,” and demanded that world leaders acknowledge climate change...

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PUERTO RICO’S AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS DECIMATED BY MARIA...

Plantain trees flattened by Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, P.R. In a matter of hours, the storm destroyed about 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico, the territory’s agriculture secretary said. Credit Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

 

YABUCOA, P.R. — José A. Rivera, a farmer on the southeast coast of Puerto Rico, stood in the middle of his flattened plantain farm on Sunday and tried to tally how much Hurricane Maria had cost him...

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THE WEIRD WAY THAT CLIMATE CHANGE COULD MAKE EARTHQUAKES WORSE...

A Japanese rescuer works with a sniffer dog during the search for survivors at a flattened building in Mexico City on September 22, 2017 three days after a strong quake hit central Mexico. A powerful 7.1 earthquake shook Mexico City on Tuesday, causing panic among the megalopolis' 20 million inhabitants on the 32nd anniversary of a devastating 1985 quake. ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images

 

Shifting tectonic plates cause earthquakes, and several human activities cause shifting tectonic plates—however, the effect is indirect...

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CDC: MOSQUITOES CARRYING ZIKA, OTHER DEADLY VIRUSES COULD BREED IN 75 PERCENT OF THE US...

Aedes aegypti mosquitos, carrier of the Zika virus, are photographed in a lab. MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images
According to a CDC study, up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes...
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CONTINUED DENIAL LEAVES FLORIDA IN CLIMATE CHANGE CROSSHAIRS | EDITORIAL...

Irma destroys the Florida Keys. CNN

 

Property owners in some Florida counties were in a lather over restrictions on new coastal construction after Hurricane Eloise took dead aim at the Panhandle in 1975, leaving rubble where older structures had stood...

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ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE IDEAS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE JUST FOUND MORE EVIDENCE IN ITS FAVOR...

Ellen McKnight / Alamy

 

More and more, we are learning that climate change can lead to some pretty strange and counterintuitive effects, especially when it comes to the wintertime...

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GLOBAL WARMING PRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICA'S NATIONAL SECURITY, WORLD STABILITY...

Sailors stand-by to load jugs of purified water into an approaching SH-60B Seahawk, assigned to the "Saberhawks" of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Seven (HSL-47), on the flight deck aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), January 11, 2005. Helicopters assigned to Carrier Air Wing Two (CVW-2) and Sailors from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are supporting Operation Unified Assistance, the humanitarian operation effort in the wake of the Tsunami that struck South East Asia. The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group is currently operating in the Indian Ocean off the waters of Indonesia and Thailand. Picture taken January 11, 2005. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Tyler J. Clements-Handout Photo: HO, U.S NAVY PHOTOGRAPHER

 

"National security and climate change? My students just don't see the connection"...

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'EVERYTHING IS GONE': AMERICANS RETURN TO THEIR FLOODED HOMES...

 

Gideon Mendel photographs the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, while Oliver Laughland meets those whose lives have been upturned

Dave Eggers: ‘As the hurricane bore down, Trump tweeted his excitement’

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MORE HAVOC AS CATEGORY 3 MARIA PLOWS NORTHWARD...

Electricity poles and lines lay toppled in Humacao, in northeastern Puerto Rico, in the wake of Hurricane Maria on September 20, 2017. AP Photo/Carlos Giusti.

 

Hurricane Maria continued its destructive rampage on Friday morning, bringing torrential rains and high winds to the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Islands. Heavy rains from the hurricane also continued to affect Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and were spreading into the southeast Bahamas...

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KERRY EMANUEL: THIS YEAR’S HURRICANES ARE A TASTE OF THE FUTURE...

Kerry Emanuel, the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science and co-director of the Lorenz Center at MIT Photo: Helen Hill

 

Climate scientist describes physics behind expected increase in storm strength due to climate change...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2017...

 

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

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #38...

A global map of the August 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly, relative to the 1951-1980 August average. Part of Antarctica is gray because data from some stations there were not yet available at the time of this posting.

 

August 2017 was second warmest on record

From NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies

 

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SCRIPPS SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE MAY REPRESENT "EXISTENTIAL" THREAT TO HUMANITY...

Veerabhadran Ramanathan.Rueters

 

There’s a very small but distinct possibility that rapid global warming could pose an “existential threat” to the survival of humans by 2050, UC San Diego said Thursday in one of the most dire forecasts yet about climate change...

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IS THERE REALLY STILL A CHANCE FOR STAYING BELOW 1.5 °C GLOBAL WARMING?

Cars form a giant ‘1.5C’ to support the goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement.  2016 World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) rally held outside the gates of the UN European headquarters in Geneva in June 2016. Photo: CVF / UNDP

 

There has been a bit of excitement and confusion this week about a new paper in Nature Geoscience, claiming that we can still limit global warming to below 1.5 °C above preindustrial temperatures, whilst emitting another ~800 Gigatons of carbon dioxide. That’s much more than previously thought, so how come? And while that sounds like very welcome good news, is it true? Here’s the key points...

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THE WORLD'S SOARING CO2 LEVELS VISUALIZED AS SKYSCRAPERS...

A new visualization highlights areas where C02 has soared. PIK/FHP

 

This unusual animation gives an architectural twist to the history and possible dark future of climate change...

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