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The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time...Read more
Donald Trump listens to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
In short, from a practical standpoint, as little additional warming as possible...Read more
This photo shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam. Rueters.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa’s Cape Town, one of the world’s iconic tourist destinations, could run out of water by April as the city’s worst drought in a century risks forcing residents to join queues for emergency rations...Read more
Last week, the nation’s most populous city sued the five biggest oil companies operating in the United States...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
If we stand together against powerful special interests we can eliminate poverty, increase life expectancy and tackle climate change...Read more
But you can stop them: Sign here and we'll deliver your comments to the EPA before their deadline on the 16th.Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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.
Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam...
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...Read more
This figure is from paper #20.
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
The street sign for the Moselle street is flooded by the river Moselle in Reil, Germany, January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
"More than half of the United States must at least double their protection level within the next two decades"...Read more
Despite some inroads, Christians remain largely unconcerned about the environment...Read more
Eugene Mullen clears his driveway in Norwell, Mass. in frigid conditions on Jan. 5, 2018. Image: Charles Krupa/AP/REX/Shutterstock
The first week of January was the coldest such week on record in most locations in the Eastern United States. It was so frigid that week, and the week preceding it, that sea ice formed around Cape Cod and Chesapeake Bay, sharks froze to death on Massachusetts beaches, and alligators went into a resting state while entombed in ice...
Superstorm Sandy flooded New York's subway and highway tunnels, buildings and parking garages in 2012, causing about $19 billion in dollars in damage there. The city has been developing storm surge protection plans as sea level rises. Credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images.
The lawsuit against Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell and ConocoPhillips is the latest from a coastal city seeking to hold fossil fuel producers accountable...Read more
Some coastal California cities now build up sand berms to help protect houses from storm surges and high tides. Others are dealing with erosion and coastal flooding as sea levels rise with climate change. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
The oil giant is attacking its accusers through a Texas court, similar to how it tried to block investor fraud investigations by New York and Massachusetts...Read more
‘A Frost Fair on the Thames at Temple Stairs’, c1684. These fairs held on the frozen River Thames in the UK are often referenced by those peddling the ‘impending mini ice age’ myth. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty Images
We can’t accurately predict solar activity, and a quiet solar cycle would have a small impact on Earth’s climate anyway...Read more
A brown pelican tries to raise its wings as it sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the gulf. Photo: AP
Oil drilling is not healthy for America's coastal waters, nor is Trump administration policy that rides roughshod over states, 37 Democratic senators said Tuesday in a blunt reprimand to U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke...Read more
Satellite image showing Hurricane Harvey approaching the Texas coast on Aug. 25, 2017. Image: noaa/nasa
A disastrous hurricane season combined with wildfires and other extreme weather events inflicted a record-setting toll on the U.S. in 2017, with 16 billion-dollar weather and climate events costing a total of $306 billion in damage. These events caused 362 direct deaths...
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In a court filing submitted Monday, Exxon Mobil said California communities quietly met six years ago to concoct plans to use government investigations and legal action to force oil producers to respond to climate change...Read more
People walk through floodwater near Interstate 10 in Houston on Aug. 27, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating Western wildfires and other natural catastrophes to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for disasters, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday...Read more
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You probably heard about the arctic blast that turned much of North America into a Popsicle last week, but in Australia, where Christmas is a summer holiday, it was so hot this weekend that the asphalt melted on a stretch of highway...Read more
President Donald Trump was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as he spoke before signing an order in March 2017 designed to promote coal and roll back the Obama administration's efforts to rein in climate change. Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images
The administration's culture of denialism and support for fossil fuels has pushed rollbacks of policies meant to protect public health, safety and the environment...Read more
WHAT ARE THE SEVEN GREATEST GLOBAL ADAPTIVE CHALLENGES FACING MILLENNIALS, YOUNGER GENERATIONS, AND HUMANITY AS A WHOLE?
Image: World Economic Forum
We invite you to consider the following percolating caldron of the seven most critical global challenges that face Millennials, our younger generations, and humanity...Read more
Photo Sydneysiders are flocking to the beach to cope with the heat. AAP: Glenn Campbell
Penrith in Sydney's west has reached a top of 47.3C/117.14F, the highest temperature recorded by a weather station in the Sydney metropolitan area in 79 years...Read more
A strong polar vortex (left, from December 2013) is centered over the Arctic. A weakened polar vortex (right, from January 2014) allows cold air to dip farther south. Credit: NOAA
The loss of sea ice may be weakening the polar vortex, allowing cold blasts to dip south from the Arctic, across North America, Europe and Russia, a new study says...Read more
For decades, scientists have warned that climate change would make extreme events like droughts, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires more frequent, more devastating, or both...Read more
You might ask "So what is this supposed to mean?" Scroll down and see...Read more
Show this cartoon to anyone who doubts we need huge action on climate change...
This story focuses on a scenario from climate scientist Joeri Rogelj, which would give us a 66 percent chance at limiting warming to 2 degrees, which would requires no emissions by 2065, followed by negative emissions. But a previous version of this story said we would need to reach no emissions by 2050, which is part of a scenario in which we give ourselves a 50 percent chance at staying under 1.5 degrees warming — a far less realistic goal.Read more
A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below...Read more
If we mean what we say, no more new fossil fuels, anywhere.Read more
Yesterday, President Trump's Interior Department announced plans to open up oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States marine waters, putting more than 100 million offshore acres under imminent threat from the Trump administration and Big Oil.1Read more
Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon, National Ice Center/NOAA
Drawing clear borders around the Arctic Ocean matters for the future of the people who live there — and for the planet as a whole...Read more
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Insurers are set to pay out a record $135 billion to cover losses from natural disasters in 2017, the world’s largest reinsurer said Thursday, driven by the costliest hurricane season ever in the United States and widespread flooding in South Asia...Read more
What a year. Take a virtual world tour of our 21 top stories, from forest diamonds to Fiji-on-the-Rhine climate talks. Yes, Donald Trump makes an appearance...Read more
The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares national park, southern Argentina, breaks. ‘It seems the hope and fear camps of the climate debate are each seeing only part of the puzzle.’ Photograph: Ariel Molina/EPA
Communication is everything when it comes to the climate change debate – and there isn’t just one way to speak to people’s emotions...Read more
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anchorage, Alaska, was warmer Tuesday than Jacksonville, Florida. The weather in the U.S. is that upside down...Read more
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As bitter cold continues to grip much of North America and helps spawn the fierce storm along the East Coast, the question arises: What’s the influence of climate change?Read more
Sea level forecast alarming: Report predicts hundreds on Big Island would be displaced, great economic loss...Read more
Aridification is a serious threat – as well as leading to droughts and wildfires it can also have an impact on agriculture, water quality, and biodiversity. Photograph: Javier Blasco/EPA
More than 25 percent of the Earth will experience serious drought and desertification by the year 2050 if the attempts made by the Paris climate agreement to curb global warming are not met, according to a new study by the journal Nature Climate Change...Read more
Together as a society we choose to embrace an agro-ecology ethic that governs our relationship with our food and the natural world or we face the coming climate anarchy including mass famine, needless societal and economic collapse, horrendous suffering and depredation, and then death. EcoInternet is committed to re-localizing, de-toxifying, and making global food systems ecologically sustainable (and more tasty, nutritious, and healthy as well). Critically this will require reducing human populations and greater equity...Read more
Firefighters lighting backfires as they try to contain the Thomas wildfire in Ojai, California on on December 09, 2017. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images
Climate scientists predicted the rapid rise in global surface temperatures that we’re now seeing...Read more
Dec 31: UNIVERSE DAY & 9TH ANNUAL CELEBRATE THE UNIVERSE AND DEAL WITH THE GLOBAL WARMING EMERGENCY EVENT
Announcing the 9th annual Universe Day! Universe Day is an annual birthday for the Universe event starting December 31st at noon running through January 1st at noon...Read more
A man rides on his bicycle on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Erie, PA. (CREDIT: AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Weather does not equal climate...Read more
Most of our posts to our website members and subscribers at Job One, Factnet and Universe Spirit are long and science detailed.
This one is refreshingly short and simple...Read more
Departure of surface temperature from average for December 28, 2017. Areas in red and orange are not necessarily warm, but they are above the average for this time of year at that location. While the Northeast U.S. was experiencing near-record cold, the globe as a whole was 0.5 °C above average, thanks to global warming. Image credit: ClimateReanalyzer.org, University of Maine Climate Change Institute.
Are we safe to ignore global warming because it’s cold outside?Read more
A dance troop marches by Shell’s Norco refinery during Norco, Louisiana’s Christmas Parade. All images © Julie Dermansky
The year 2017 was, in many ways, stormy. It brought more storms super-sized due to global warming and more people, including scientists, taking to the streets in response to the political climate...Read more
Typhoon Tembin at peak intensity over the South China Sea at 0550 UTC December 24, 2017. At the time, Tembin was a Category 1 storm with 90 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.