Temperatures across the United States on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3 pm. NOAA
Our fingerprints are all over this week’s record-breaking heat...
Dead saiga antelopes in a field in Kazakhstan. About 20,000 of the species were found dead in one week. Photograph: Reuters
Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?Read more
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Nope, that won't do it... Photographer: Carlos Becerra/Bloomberg
Unfortunately, that’s what some scientists think humans will try to do...Read more
Seas Will Rise for 300 Years
And the longer it takes to reduce carbon emissions, the higher they will go...Read more
The temperature difference from normal over the Arctic averaged over the next five days in the GFS model forecast. (University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)
While the Eastern United States simmers in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures more than 45 degrees above normal. This latest huge temperature spike in the Arctic is another striking indicator of its rapidly transforming climate...
A study on global warming and its effect on sea-level rise released by scientists in France this week should be cause for concern here in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean...Read more
A local resident walks past a yacht that was washed ashore after Cyclone Debbie hit the northern Queensland town of Airlie Beach in March 2017. Photograph: Reuters
Traditional scale used goes only to five but strength and intensity of storms is increasing, says scientists...Read more
Thermometers registered record highs across the eastern U.S. in mid-February. The map shows temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit on Feb. 21, 2018, at 1 p.m. EST. Credit: National Weather Service
Summer-like temps in February, extreme rainfall, a snow drought. This is happening more often—and in line with what scientists warn to expect with climate change...Read more
Illustration by LOUISA BERTMAN
The Rev. Richard Cizik used to believe climate change was a myth. The science had to be rigged, he thought; those who believed in it were just tree-huggers. But in 2002, a friend convinced Mr. Cizik to go to a conference about climate change, and there, he said, “the scales came off my eyes...”Read more
Floods are set to rise in 85% of UK cities that have a river. (Darren Staples/Reuters)
A new analysis of climate change across Europe found that under several probable future climate scenarios, European cities will be hit harder by floods, droughts, and heat waves than previously understood...Read more
The Eiffel Tower lights up in December 2015 with an advocacy message for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. (Michel Euler/AP)
Barely two years ago, after weeks of intense bargaining in Paris, leaders from 195 countries announced a global agreement that once had seemed impossible. For the first time, the nations of the world would band together to reduce humanity’s reliance on fossil fuels in an effort to hold off the most devastating effects of climate change...Read more
Flooding is frequent in the mudflats north of Manila in the Philippines, where the city has expanded due to rising population. Sea level rise threatens many such low-lying areas around the world. Photograph by Geirge Steinmetz, National Geographic Creative
A new study predicting 10 feet of sea level rise by the century’s end isn’t supported by the mainstream scientific community...Read more
In this 2014 file photo, a road dead ends where rising waters have covered the land at the San Jacinto battlefield along the Houston ship channel in Houston, Texas. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Ice thawing from Greenland to Antarctica will redraw global coastlines, scientists say...Read more
Under the current warming trajectory, Schuur and his colleagues estimate, between 5 and 15 percent of the carbon stored in the Far North’s soils is likely to make it into the atmosphere by the start of the 22nd century...Read more
LAKE POOPÓ The dry, salt-crusted Bolivian lake bed unfurls into the distance. Boats are stranded; the fish and waterfowl are gone. Fishermen who depended on the lake are moving else - where. It’s a diaspora born of drought. PHOTOGRAPH BY MAURICIO LIMA
Plumose anemones and velvet swimmer crab, River Forth, Scotland, 2005. Credit: GK underwater/Alamy Stock Photo.
The world’s oceans could become “uninhabitable” for cold-water corals by the end of the century as a result of ocean acidification, research suggests...Read more
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We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years...
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts.Read more
The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts...Read more
Rising sea levels increase the risk of storm surge flooding in coastal cities like Charleston, South Carolina, shown here after Hurricane Matthew. Credit: Brian Blanco/Getty Images
Satellite data confirm what computer models have warned for years: Oceans are rising faster as the planet warms, and coastal communities face increasing flood risk...Read more
The Bering Sea is a volatile place, with powerful storms and changing sea ice. Here, a ship plows through the ice toward Nome, Alaska, in January 2012. Credit: U.S. Coast Guard/Getty Images
Globally, sea ice is at record lows as the polar regions warm faster than the rest of the planet. Along the Alaska coast, it's affecting people's lives...Read more
The director of national intelligence warned Congress that climate change could cause “upheaval” this year...Read more
A poplar tree farm in Oregon is a fast-growing bioenergy source.
A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week.
Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planetRead more
Northern extremes. Camouflage is a key survival strategy for many animals. But what do you do if your habitat changes dramatically with the seasons? From high mountain habitats to the Arctic north, animals have developed a seasonal wardrobe to stay under cover — and stay alive.
Global warming is leaving animals who take on a white coat in winter exposed as snow cover retreats. But scientists say hot spots for "evolutionary rescue" could see them adapt...Read more
Millions of Brazilian free-tailed bats spend summers in the Bracken Cave near San Antonio, Texas. A study finds they're arriving earlier and staying longer as the planet warms. Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS
Scientists say the shift follows the effect climate change is having on insect populations, and warn it could disrupt bats' critical role as pest control for farms...Read more
‘The only way CCS on coal will ever be built at scale is with a carbon price so high it’d kill the rest of the coal sector.’ Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Josh Frydenberg talks up carbon capture and storage not because it’s effective but because it’s a point of political difference...Read more
Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Kathryn Mersmann
The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data...Read more
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WASHINGTON DC: Frigid iguanas in Florida. Snowball fights on North Carolina’s beaches. Recent winters have delivered a bitter chill to the Southeast, reinforcing attitudes among some that global warming is a fraud...Read more
The aftermath of cyclone Gita is seen in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, February 13, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Facebook Noazky Langi/via REUTERS
Power, water supplies disrupted in capital...Read more
Smoke rises from the coal power plant in Jaenschwalde, Germany February 3, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
"Climate change can feel distant and intangible, and yet it's never been more important to make sure the science around it is heard and understood."Read more
Intelligence officials testified before a Senate committee about global threats. Left to right: FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Robert Ashley, National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers and National Geospatial Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
While top Trump administration officials deny climate change, the intelligence agencies warn global warming can fuel disasters and violent conflicts.Read more
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How a group of five activists called the Valve Turners decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes...Read more
File photo: PAO Sovcomflot
The crossing, unassisted by an icebreaker vessel, marks a milestone as thawing polar ice opens up Russia’s northern coastline, reports Climate Home News...
The new research suggests he world’s oceans will be on average at least 60cm higher by the end of the century. Photograph: Jonnie Hughes/BBC/Silverback Films/Jonnie Hughes
Research shows that pace of melting in Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated...Read more
Going beyond the 1.5C target set by the Paris Agreement will pile pressure on small-scale farmers, driving hunger (Photo: Filippo Bassi/ICARDA)
UN draft report says missing 1.5C warming target will multiply hunger, migration and conflict, but staying under will require unprecedented global cooperation...Read more
Until Pruitt deleted the EPA climate webpages...
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on oversight of the EPA, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 30 January 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPARead more
Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too. CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA
Scientists on the front lines are speaking out about how their climate data drives despair, but these emotions may also be the most potent force for change...Read more
Amazon rainforest activists José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espírito Santo who were murdered by gunmen in Brazil’s Pará state in May 2011. Photograph: Stringer, Brazil/Reuters
Environmental defenders: who are they and how do we decide if they have died in defense of their environment?Read more
Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has suffered sexist attacks from climate change deniers. Source: Katharine Hayhoe
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Why Climate Deniers Target Women...Read more
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The effect of removing fossil fuel subsidies would fall far short of the reductions promised in the Paris Agreement...Read more
South Australia is working with Tesla to install solar power systems on residents homes. Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Tesla is building a 'virtual power plant' using people's homes...Read more
Left: Ranger Doug poster in original WPA style; Right: Hannah Rothstein
An artist riffs on WPA posters to imagine how the country’s defining landscapes will look once climate change has taken its toll...Read more
An ice lead in the Arctic Ocean is captured from the NSF/NCAR C-130 aircraft as it flies roughly 30 meters (100 feet) above the ocean during a field project studying low-level ozone formation. Image credit: James Hannigan/UCAR.
Exactly a year after more than 100 scientists gathered to discuss the connections between Arctic sea ice loss and midlatitude climate (see our coverage), the picture has become a bit clearer. There’s now strong agreement on several of the weather and climate patterns that future Arctic sea ice loss will create, provided that the right types of climate models are put on the task—models that capture the interplay among atmosphere, oceans, and sea ice...Read more
Flood of the Seine in the Yvelines on January 29, 2018 in Villennes sur Seine, France. Photograph: Aurelien Morissard/IP3/Getty Images
A new study finds strong agreement that flood risks in central and western Europe are rising due to global warming...Read more
Climate change a greater threat to public health than secondhand smoke...Read more
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
A group of Democratic senators is demanding that Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt recuse himself from repealing one of President Obama's signature environmental rules, which is intended to curb the release of greenhouse gases from the nation’s power plants...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Reforesting would help, but we're still deforesting. Mikko Muinonen
European national science academies report warns tepid emission cuts not enough...
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...Read more
The figure above is from paper article #30.
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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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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?Read more