COUNTRIES MADE ONLY MODEST CLIMATE-CHANGE PROMISES IN PARIS. THEY’RE FALLING SHORT ANYWAY...

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...

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PREDICTION OF RAPID SEA LEVEL RISE WON’T CHANGE GLOBAL CLIMATE TALKS...

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...

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SEAS TO RISE ABOUT A METRE EVEN IF CLIMATE GOALS ARE MET-STUDY...

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...

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AN UNFROZEN NORTH: THE WORLD’S PERMAFROST HOLDS VAST STORES OF CARBON. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT THAWS?

Thomas Nash

 

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...

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SOME OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LAKES ARE DRYING UP. HERE'S WHY...

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

 

Warming climates, drought, and overuse are draining crucial water sources, threatening habitats and cultures...

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ACIDIFICATION COULD LEAVE OCEANS ‘UNINHABITABLE’ FOR COLD-WATER CORALS...

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...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #7...

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Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS in the News... Photo of the Week... SkS Spotlights... Video of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Story of the Week...

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.

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WE’RE WITNESSING THE FASTEST DECLINE IN ARCTIC SEA ICE IN AT LEAST 1,500 YEARS...

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The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in three charts...

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SEA LEVEL RISE IS ACCELERATING: 4 INCHES PER DECADE (OR MORE) BY 2100...

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...

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ALASKA'S BERING SEA LOST A THIRD OF ITS ICE IN JUST 8 DAYS...

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...

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TRUMP’S TOP SPY JUST CONTRADICTED THE WHITE HOUSE’S LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE...

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on February 13 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

 

The director of national intelligence warned Congress that climate change could cause “upheaval” this year...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #7...

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. 

Editor's Pick:

Vast bioenergy plantations could stave off climate change—and radically reshape the planet

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WINTER-WHITE ANIMALS UNDER THREAT FROM GLOBAL WARMING...

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...

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BAT SWARMS TRACKED BY WEATHER RADAR REVEAL EARLIER MIGRATION AS PLANET WARMS...

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...

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IT'D BE WONDERFUL IF THE CLAIMS MADE ABOUT CARBON CAPTURE WERE TRUE...

‘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...

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NASA: NEW STUDY FINDS SEA LEVEL RISE ACCELERATING...

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...

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SNOW-COVERED BEACHES? CHILLY IGUANAS? THEY ARE PART OF A MYSTERIOUS ‘HOLE’ IN GLOBAL WARMING...

Nathan Stanley, 12 , of Abington, Va. runs through a beachfront snowdrift on Jan. 4, 2018 in Nags Head, North Carolina. Despite warming temperatures in much of the world, winters in the Southeast have grown colder in recent decades, an anamoly that scientists are calling a “hole” in global warming, or a “warming hole.” Chuck Liddy cliddy@newsobserver.com

 

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...


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LEAKED U.N. CLIMATE REPORT SEES ‘VERY HIGH RISK’ THE PLANET WILL WARM BEYOND KEY LIMIT...

A glacier calves icebergs into a fjord off an ice sheet in southeastern Greenland on Aug. 3. (David Goldman/AP)

 

A draft United Nations climate science report contains dire news about the warming of the planet, suggesting it will likely cross the key marker of 1.5 degrees Celsius, or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, of temperature rise in the 2040s, and that this will be exceedingly difficult to avoid...

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CAT 4 CYCLONE WREAKS HAVOC IN TONGA'S CAPITAL, PARLIAMENT FLATTENED, HOMES WRECKED...

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...

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KEEP IT HUMAN AND VISUAL, SAYS U.N. GUIDE TO TALKING CLIMATE...

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."

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INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WARN OF CLIMATE RISKS IN WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENT...

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.

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‘I’M JUST MORE AFRAID OF CLIMATE CHANGE THAN I AM OF PRISON’...

Emily Johnston, Annette Klapstein, Leonard Higgins, Michael Foster and Ken Ward near Seattle in January. Credit Katy Grannan for The New York Times

 

How a group of five activists called the Valve Turners decided to fight global warming by doing whatever it takes...

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SHIPPING FIRST AS COMMERCIAL TANKER CROSSES ARCTIC SEA ROUTE IN WINTER...

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...

 

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MELTING ICE SHEETS ARE HASTENING SEA LEVEL RISE, SATELLITE DATA CONFIRMS...

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...

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11 TAKEAWAYS FROM THE DRAFT UN REPORT ON A 1.5C GLOBAL WARMING LIMIT...

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...

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THE EPA DEBUNKED ADMINISTRATOR PRUITT’S LATEST CLIMATE MISINFORMATION...

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/EPA

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FIXING CITIES’ WATER CRISES COULD SEND OUR CLIMATE TARGETS DOWN THE GURGLER...

Water treatment plants can’t afford not to think about electricity too. CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

 

Two cities on opposing continents, Santiago and Cape Town, have been brought to their knees by events at opposing ends of the climate spectrum: flood and drought...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS GIVING US 'PRE-TRAUMATIC STRESS'...

Daniel Oberhaus

 

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...

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LIFE OR DEATH: THE DEFENDERS OF THE PLANET ARE LOSING THEIR LIVES...

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?

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #5...


Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe has suffered sexist attacks from climate change deniers. SourceKatharine Hayhoe

 

(Digest: Story of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Video of the Week... Reports of Note... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...)

Story of the Week...

Why Climate Deniers Target Women...

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NEW STUDY FINDS CUTTING OIL SUBSIDIES WILL NOT STOP CLIMATE CHANGE...

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The effect of removing fossil fuel subsidies would fall far short of the reductions promised in the Paris Agreement...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #6...

South Australia is working with Tesla to install solar power systems on residents homes. Image: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

Editor's Pick:

Tesla is building a 'virtual power plant' using people's homes...

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WHAT WILL AMERICA'S ICONIC PARKS LOOK LIKE IN 2050?

The past and future of Saguaro National Monument, Arizona 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...

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MODELS COMING INTO AGREEMENT ON WIDESPREAD EFFECTS OF ARCTIC SEA ICE LOSS...

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...

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IF THE WORLD BUILDS EVERY COAL PLANT THAT’S PLANNED, CLIMATE CHANGE GOALS ARE DOOMED, SCIENTISTS SAY...

The coal power plant in Jaenschwalde, Germany, on Saturday. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

 

The much-heralded demise of the coal industry may be overstated, a new scientific analysis asserts — finding that if all planned plants were constructed, the world would have little chance of meeting its climate change goals...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IS INCREASING FLOOD RISKS IN EUROPE...

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...

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IF SMOKERS ARE SINGLED OUT, WHY NOT GREENHOUSE GAS EMITTERS?

 

Climate change a greater threat to public health than secondhand smoke...

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DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DEMAND PRUITT RECUSE HIMSELF FROM REWRITING CLEAN POWER PLAN...

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee in January. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

 

THE LIGHTBULB:

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...

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HUMANS NEED TO BECOME SMARTER THINKERS TO BEAT CLIMATE DENIAL...

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...

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NO DROP IN U.S. CARBON FOOTPRINT EXPECTED THROUGH 2050, ENERGY DEPARTMENT SAYS...

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...

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BREAKING: WHITE HOUSE FORCED TO PULL CONTROVERSIAL NOMINEE...

 

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...

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KEEPING THE WORLD BELOW 2°C OF WARMING NEEDS TECH WE DON’T HAVE...

Reforesting would help, but we're still deforesting. Mikko Muinonen

 

European national science academies report warns tepid emission cuts not enough...

 

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THE ARCTIC IS FULL OF TOXIC MERCURY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE IS GOING TO RELEASE IT...

A hill of permafrost “slumping” in 2009 near the remote, boggy fringe of North America, 1,400 miles from the North Pole. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

 

We already knew that thawing Arctic permafrost would release powerful greenhouse gases. On Monday, scientists revealed it could also release massive amounts of mercury — a potent neurotoxin and serious threat to human health...

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CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACT ON ANTARCTICA BECOMES CLEARER AS SCIENTISTS MAKE PROGRESS...

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...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 22-28, 2018...

The figure above is from paper article #30.

 

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

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OIL GIANT SUES OTHER OIL GIANT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE BECAUSE THIS IS OUR WORLD NOW...

Photo: Getty

 

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...

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POLAR VORTEX: HOW THE JET STREAM AND CLIMATE CHANGE BRING ON COLD SNAPS...

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...

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A CRITICAL ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE ON REDUCED OR ELIMINATED SERVICES FOR ALL JOB ONE SUBSCRIBERS/MEMBERS...

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...

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A FOOLS ERRAND? HOW BILL GATES AIMS TO CLEAN UP THE PLANET...

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?

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NEGATIVE EMISSIONS HAVE ‘LIMITED POTENTIAL’ TO HELP MEET CLIMATE GOALS...

Afforestation of cedars in Kitayama Japan, 2008. Credit: JTB MEDIA CREATION, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo.

The potential for using negative emissions technologies to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement could be more “limited” than previously thought, concludes a new report by European science advisors...

 

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WHY CAPE TOWN IS RUNNING OUT OF WATER, AND WHO’S NEXT...

 

Cape Town's main water supply, at the Theewaterskloof Dam, is running dry, and the city may soon have to turn off its taps. Photograph from AP

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #5...

While the West Coast was being inundated, on the other side of the Alps, there were fires.  Photo: Iain McGregor/Stuff

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Ice, fire, storms and heat: Climate change is now part of our everyday lives...

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NEW CARBON CAPTURE TECHNOLOGIES WON'T SAVE US IN TIME TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING CAUSED EXTINCTION!

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Instead of being honest with the public and telling us we needed to immediately make difficult and costly fossil fuel use reductions and sacrifices for ourselves, our children, and future generations, the world's leading global warming authorities at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference took the cowardly and easy way out...

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EXXON STUDIES CLIMATE POLICIES AND SEES ‘LITTLE RISK’ TO BOTTOM LINE...

An Exxon refinery in Baytown, Tex. The company reassured shareholders that it would “continue to play a critical role in meeting the world’s energy demand.” Credit Benjamin Lowy/Reportage by Getty Images

 

WASHINGTON — In one sign of the pressures that companies face to understand the business risks of stricter climate-change policies, one of the world’s biggest energy companies on Friday offered its thoughts on how it would fare in a low-carbon world...

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THE WIRED GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE...

 

Illustrations by Radio

The world is getting warmer, the weather is getting worse. Here's everything you need to know about what humans can do to stop wrecking the planet...

 

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FUTURE TECHNOLOGY ‘CANNOT RESCUE’ MANKIND FROM CLIMATE CHANGE, SAY EXPERTS...

Technologies are being developed that remove carbon dioxide as it is being emitted, but such methods may only have 'limited potential' to prevent global warming Getty Images

 

Plans to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere have 'limited potential' to keep global warming below target limits, and nations must instead focus on reducing emissions, according to a new report...

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GROSS MISINFORMATION ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING AND OUR FUTURE...

 

By late 2017, it became clear to our non-profit global warming educational organization that the global warming authorities in charge of the 2016 Paris climate conference agreement had grossly misinformed the public. Their failure to warn the public of the true severity of current and future global warming consequences was just the latest offense in a continual chain of misinformation...

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IT'S NOT OKAY HOW CLUELESS DONALD TRUMP IS ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

Donald Trump and Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain Photograph: ITV

 

We’ve come to accept Trump’s ignorance, but it’s often dangerous...

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EARTH'S TEMPERATURE COULD SPIKE ABOVE A KEY PARIS AGREEMENT TARGET BY 2022...

Global average temperature anomalies in 2017. Image: nasa giss

 

Within the next five years, global average surface temperatures may temporarily breach a key guardrail set out by the Paris Climate Agreement, according to a new report from the U.K. Met Office...

 

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IPCC COMMUNICATION HANDBOOK...

 

A new handbook on science communication came out from IPCC this week. Nominally it’s for climate science related communications, but it has a wider application as well. This arose mainly out of an “Expert meeting on Communication” that IPCC held in 2016...

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