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...

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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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MET OFFICE WARNS OF GLOBAL TEMPERATURE RISE EXCEEDING 1.5C LIMIT...

Lake Hume, New South Wales, Australia was devastated by a recent drought. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images

 

In next five years greenhouse gases may push global warming past threshold set by Paris deal...

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HOW SENSITIVE IS EARTH’S CLIMATE TO CARBON DIOXIDE POLLUTION?

The lignite-fired power station of Boxberg is captured in front of an upcoming thunderstorm on June 25, 2017 in Boxberg, Germany. | Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images

 

A new study seeks to pin down how much global temperatures are likely to rise with a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere compared to the pre-industrial era...

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THE ECOLOGY ETHIC...

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Our one shared living biosphere is collapsing and dying. Continued being depends urgently upon reconnecting with nature through global embrace of an ecology ethic whose individual affirmative outcomes for natural ecosystems are sufficient in sum to sustain global nature. A primary ethical measure of a person is the degree to which their lifestyle positively or negatively impacts nature...

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STATE OF THE UNION: TRUMP GLORIFIES COAL, SHUTS EYES TO CLIMATE RISKS...

President Trump talked about energy, but only fossil fuels; extreme weather, but not climate change; and jobs and trade, without mentioning the thousands of U.S. solar jobs his tariff plan puts at risk. Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

 

Trump talked of the year's climate disasters—without saying 'climate change'—and while repeating his usual promotion of the fossil fuels that drive global warming...

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HOW TO GET FULL FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FOR YOUR LOSSES FROM GLOBAL WARMING AGGRAVATED OR CAUSED DISASTERS...

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First of all, our sympathy goes out to you because you have experienced the tremendous pain, suffering and loss of living through a global warming aggravated or caused disaster...

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TRUMP KEEPS SAYING THE U.S. MAY STAY IN THE PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD. AND THE MEDIA KEEPS BELIEVING HIM...

THE LIGHTBULB

Late Sunday night, British journalist Piers Morgan delivered some breaking news via Twitter:

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NEW ZEALAND HEATWAVE SPARKS HEALTH ALERTS AND SCRAMBLE FOR FANS...

Supporters take shelter from the heat during the under-19 Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and England in Queenstown. Photograph: Dianne Manson-IDI/Getty Images

 

Temperatures forecast to hit 40C/104F as even prime minister Jacinda Ardern struggles to keep cool...

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AFTER FOUR MONTHS, MUCH OF PUERTO RICO STILL DARK AND DAMAGED (30 Photos)...

Part of the Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), seen behind a cemetery in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on January 22, 2018. Alvin Baez / Reuters

 

Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in late September of last year, and residents are still struggling to regain their footing. Approximately 450,000 of Puerto Rico’s 1.5 million electricity customers are still without power, and those who do have electricity suffer frequent blackouts...

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IS THERE A TICKING TIME BOMB UNDER THE ARCTIC?

The Permafrost Tunnel Research Facility, dug in the mid-1960s, allows scientists a three-dimensional look at frozen ground. Kate Ramsayer/NASA

 

A short drive north of Fairbanks, Alaska, there's a red shed stuck right up against a hillside. The shed looks unremarkable, except for the door. It looks like a door to a walk-in freezer, with thick insulation and a heavy latch. Whatever is behind that door needs to stay very cold...

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2017 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR YET IN THE WORLD'S OCEAN...

 People gather on a hot winter day on Ipanema beach on September 8, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. According to NOAA, global temperatures over the first six months of 2017 were the second-highest on record. Photograph by Mario Tama, Getty

 

Warming ocean waters can have harmful impacts on habitats like coral reefs and sea ice, to name a few...

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DONALD TRUMP SAYS US COULD RE-ENTER PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

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In ITV interview US president also says he would take tougher stand on Brexit than Theresa May...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING DIGEST #4...

Breaking News...

Donald Trump appears to misunderstand basic facts of climate change in Piers Morgan interview...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #4...

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Men in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, collect water on Nov. 11, 2017. Years after Hurricane Matthew nearly devastated Haiti, its vulnerability only increases. Reuters/Martinez Casares

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Why climate change is worsening public health problems...

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EPA CHIEF UNDER NIXON AND REAGAN: GOP’S CLIMATE DENIAL IS ‘KILLING EVERYTHING’...

William Ruckelshaus in 1970. Bettmann via Getty Images

 

William Ruckelshaus, the first and fifth EPA administrator, has been a fierce critic of Scott Pruitt...

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EARTH OVERSHOOT: HOW SUSTAINABLE IS POPULATION GROWTH?

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For decades people have been predicting overpopulation would wipe out energy resources if not the entire planet. Every year the population bomb and peak oil crowd have been proven wrong. But how long can the status quo of generating growth by population explosion last?

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IN 2017, THE OCEANS WERE BY FAR THE HOTTEST EVER RECORDED...

A flare from an ocean-based oil rig burning LNG as part of its exploration activities. Photograph: Dazman/Getty Images/iStockphoto

 

The second-hottest year recorded at Earth’s surface was the hottest in its oceans...

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WHY CLIMATE CHANGE IS WORSENING PUBLIC HEALTH PROBLEMS...

People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water. AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

 

Around the world, the health care debate often revolves around access...

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THE GLOBAL CO2 RISE: THE FACTS, EXXON AND THE FAVORITE DENIAL TRICKS...

 

The basic facts about the global increase of CO2 in our atmosphere are clear and established beyond reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, I’ve recently seen some of the old myths peddled by “climate skeptics” pop up again. Are the forests responsible for the CO2 increase? Or volcanoes? Or perhaps the oceans?

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THE DAVOS PARADOX...

The town sign at the entrance to Davos, Switzerland. Photo: AP

 

The annual World Economic Forum in Davos creaks with irony: where the rich talk earnestly about solving inequality and big emitters promise to solve climate change – you know, at a “realistic” pace...

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ARE THERE ZOMBIE VIRUSES IN THE THAWING PERMAFROST?

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Last summer, Zac Peterson was on the adventure of a lifetime.The 25-year-old teacher was helping archaeologists excavate an 800-year-old log cabin, high above the Arctic Circle on the northern coast of Alaska...

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CALIFORNIA ROCKED BY THREE EARTHQUAKES IN ONE DAY, SCIENTISTS EXPECT MORE TO COME IN 2018...

California from above. The state was rocked by earthquakes on Thursday.  NASA

 

Three earthquakes hit California on Thursday, one as far south as Trabuco Canyon and a second all the way up to a spot off the coast of Eureka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)...

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‘DAY ZERO’ LOOMS AS CAPE TOWN SCRAMBLES TO TACKLE WATER CRISIS...

A man carries water collected from drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring near Cape Town. RODGER BOSCH/AFP/Getty Images

 

With less than 80 days to go until “Day Zero,” when chronic water shortages may force Cape Town authorities to turn off the taps, officials are scrambling to persuade the city’s four million residents to slash consumption and put emergency plans in place should the supply be cut off.

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IF THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK WANTS TO BE RELEVANT, IT SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE A DIGITAL VERSION...

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists unveil the 2018 "Doomsday Clock" Jan. 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. Image: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

 

The "Doomsday Clock" is now at 2 minutes to midnight. Are you scared? Because according to the experts at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, you should be. This is the closest the clock (THE clock) has been since 1953, people. And that was a scary time in the midst of the Cold War, when duck and cover drills were being held across the U.S. 

 

 

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CALIFORNIA JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF SUING THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION...

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra discusses the lawsuit he has brought against the Trump administration for rolling back a fracking rule during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,)

 

Here we are again.

On Wednesday, California filed another lawsuit against the Trump administration — this time concerning the repeal of an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," on publicly owned lands. A coalition of environmental and tribal groups also sued this week to block the rollback of the fracking rule, which the Trump administration finalized on Dec. 29.

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SHRINKING MOUNTAIN GLACIERS ARE AFFECTING PEOPLE DOWNSTREAM...

Credit: NASA JPL-Caltech

 

Many glaciers seem to have already reached a tipping point, after which freshwater runoff will begin to decline...

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DROUGHT RETURNS TO TEXAS JUST MONTHS AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODS STATE...

Graphic by Todd Wiseman

 

Just five months after the monster storm gave Texas its wettest month in history, much of the state is now in a drought — including areas that saw historic flooding...

 

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE? WE’RE NOT EVEN LANDING A PUNCH...

The dry bed of Lake Poopó in Bolivia, where steady warming over the last 30 years evaporated what little water was left. Credit Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

In 1988, when world leaders convened their first global conference on climate change, in Toronto, the Earth’s average temperature was a bit more than half a degree Celsius above the average of the last two decades of the 19th century, according to measurements by NASA...

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METHANE LEAKS ERASE CLIMATE BENEFIT OF FRACKED GAS, COUNTLESS STUDIES FIND...

UK fracking protest, February 25, 2017. CREDIT: Ashley Cooper/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

 

A new NASA study is one final nail in the coffin of the myth that natural gas is a climate solution, or a “bridge” from the dirtiest fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels like solar and wind...

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FORD SUED BY TRUCK OWNERS, ADDING IT TO DIESEL DEFENDANTS...

Video: Bloomberg’s Craig Trudell reports on the lawsuit against Ford for alleged rigging of diesel truck engines.

2017 F-250 Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

 

Ford Motor Co. rigged at least 500,000 heavy-duty trucks to beat emissions tests, drivers claimed in a lawsuit, adding to the tally of carmakers linked to diesel-cheating allegations worldwide that started in 2015 with Volkswagen AG...

 

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TRADE DECISION COULD DEVASTATE U.S. SOLAR MARKET...

President Donald Trump has not weighed in on the case so far, though his administration has re-opened the landmark NAFTA agreement with Mexico and China. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

 

A federal trade panel declared Friday that surging imports of solar panels have hurt U.S. manufacturers — a decision that will allow President Donald Trump to penalize Chinese companies but could also choke off the fast-growing green energy industry in the U.S.

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IT’S THE BIG NEW IDEA FOR STOPPING CLIMATE CHANGE — BUT IT HAS HUGE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS OF ITS OWN...

The sun peeks through a canopy of trees Oct. 18, 2008, on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Park, Va. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Widespread use of a futuristic energy technology to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would create severe environmental problems, scientists argue in a new critique, casting doubt on one potential method of helping humanity escape the worst effects of climate change...

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LLOYD'S OF LONDON TO DIVEST FROM COAL OVER CLIMATE CHANGE...

The Lloyd’s building, home of Lloyd’s of London. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

 

Firm follows other big UK and European insurers by excluding coal companies from 1 April...

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HOW ENGINEERING EARTH’S CLIMATE COULD SERIOUSLY IMPERIL LIFE...

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Travel with me to the year 2100. Despite our best efforts, climate change continues to threaten humanity. Drought, superstorms, flooded coastal cities. Desperate to stop the warming, scientists deploy planes to spray sulfur dioxide in the stratosphere, where it converts into a sulfate aerosol, which reflects sunlight. Thus the planet cools because, yes, chem-trails...

 

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ANTARTICA: THE GREAT CRACK-UP...

A crevasse measuring a few thousand feet from an altitude of 1,500 ft., during a November flyover.

 

It’s hard to wreck a continent you can barely get your hands on. Human beings typically do our worst environmental damage in the places we live and work—clear-cutting forests, strip-mining mountains. Antarctica, however, was more or less out of reach. No more...

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HOW RISING SEAS AND COASTAL STORMS DROWNED THE U.S. FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM...

The National Flood Insurance Program paid out $8 billion in damages from Hurricane Sandy. NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR'S OFFICE/TIM LARSEN

 

Sea level rise and more severe storms are overwhelming U.S. coastal communities, causing billions of dollars in damage and essentially bankrupting the federal flood insurance program. Yet rebuilding continues, despite warnings that far more properties will soon be underwater...

 

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ON THE CHESAPEAKE, A PRECARIOUS FUTURE OF RISING SEAS AND HIGH TIDES...

 

Mike Draper raised his house in southern Dorchester County seven feet to protect it from rising waters.  Photo by Dave Harp

 

Maryland’s Dorchester County is ground zero for climate change on Chesapeake Bay, as rising seas claim more and more land. An e360 video explores the quiet beauty of this liquid landscape and how high tides and erosion are putting the bay’s rural communities at risk...

 

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INSURERS SAY CANADIAN WEATHER GETTING HOTTER, WETTER AND WEIRDER...

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If it seems as if the weather's getting weirder, you're not wrong...

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THE BILLIONAIRE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING GLOBAL WARMING – WITH IAN THE CLIMATE DENIALIST POTATO...

 

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'SIGNIFICANT' HEATWAVE ROASTS SOUTH-EASTERN AUSTRALIA AS GLOBAL RECORDS MELT...

Swimmers cool off at MacCallum pool at Cremorne Point on Friday. Photo: Dean Sewell

 

Most of NSW will continue to bake in a prolonged heatwave well into next week, the second big warm event to get the year off to a hot start...

 

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2017 WAS THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD WITHOUT EL NIÑO BOOST...

 

Data shows the year was also one of the hottest three ever recorded, with scientists warning that the ‘climate tide is rising fast’...

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2018 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #3...

(Clockwise from top left: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times; Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times; John McConnico / Associated Press)

 

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

Editor's Pick:

Wildfires, sea level rise, coral bleaching: Climate change is already here...

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, JANUARY 8-14, 2018...

The Figure above is from paper/study #30.

 

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

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WILL THE WEATHER GET WORSE IN 2018? WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY...

Last year unleashed some catastrophic weather across the world. At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record in Sydney and Brisbane, followed by a killer summer heatwave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS DRIVING EXTREME HEATWAVES...

 

“Individual hot days aren’t the primary concern”: heatwaves are getting longer and happening more often.
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As average temperatures creep up, climate scientists spy trouble at the far end of the bell curve. Early results from the nascent science of extreme heatwaves are startling, reports Michael Lucy...

 

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CONCERN OVER CLIMATE CHANGE LINKED TO DEPRESSION, ANXIETY: STUDY...

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Depression and anxiety afflict Americans who are concerned with the fate of the environment, according to a study of the mental health effects of climate change...

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THE DIRTY SECRET OF THE WORLD’S PLAN TO AVERT CLIMATE DISASTER...

 

The Paris agreement on climate change charts a narrow path to avoiding a global apocalypse. Just one problem: Its centerpiece is a technology that basically doesn’t yet exist. Matt Chase for WIRED

In 2014 Henrik Karlsson, a Swedish entrepreneur whose startup was failing, was lying in bed with a bankruptcy notice when the BBC called. The reporter had a scoop: On the eve of releasing a major report, the United Nation’s climate change panel appeared to be touting an untried technology as key to keeping planetary temperatures at safe levels. The technology went by the inelegant acronym BECCS, and Karlsson was apparently the only BECCS expert the reporter could find...

 

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THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL WON’T SAVE US – OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON DE-GROWTH...

In June President Donald Trump pulled out of the international Paris climate change agreement. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

 

The success of the Paris climate deal depends on ‘negative emission’ technologies that have never been proven at scale...

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THE WORLD’S BIGGEST WORRIES ARE ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS, NOT ECONOMIC COLLAPSE...

Warning signs. (Reuters/Richard Carson)

 

For the second year running, business and political leaders think the world’s biggest threat is extreme weather, according to the latest Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF) published today...

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WANT TO SURVIVE CLIMATE CHANGE? YOU’LL NEED A GOOD COMMUNITY...

A winning plan to buttress New York against climate change essentially swathes lower Manhattan in a fortress of storm protection disguised as a smorgasbord of public space. Courtesy of BIG–Bjarke Ingels Group

 

In the summer of 1995, a blistering heat wave settled over Chicago for three days. It killed 739 people, making it one of the most unexpectedly lethal disasters in modern American history. No statistical models of the heat wave predicted such a high death toll. Researchers in the American Journal of Public Health reported that their analysis “failed to detect relationships between the weather and mortality that would explain what happened...”

 

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HUMAN EXISTENCE THREATENED MORE BY EXTREME WEATHER, NOT WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, GLOBAL EXPERTS WARN...

A house destroyed by hurricane winds is seen in Barranquitas, southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on October 20, 2017, a month after the passage of Hurricane Maria. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP/Getty Images

 

The risk of extreme weather ending human existence is topped only by the risk posed by weapons of mass destruction. A global survey released by the World Economic Forum on Wednesday showed that for the second year in a row, the dangers of extreme weather are only second to that of nuclear missiles and other such weaponry. And in terms of both likelihood and impact, extreme world weather events are the number one concern, according to the survey...

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GLOBAL WARMING PREDICTIONS MAY NOW BE A LOT LESS UNCERTAIN...

Video: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Earth...Though the planet has only warmed by one-degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, climate change's effect on earth has been anything but subtle. Here are some of the most astonishing developments over the past few years.

 

The new numbers paint a not altogether terrifying picture of humanity’s response to a climate crisis. Hell, you might even call it vaguely optimistic. NASA Earth Observatory/Getty Images

If one is the loneliest number, two is the most terrifying. Humanity must not pass a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in global temperature from pre-industrial levels, so says the Paris climate agreement. Cross that line and the global effects of climate change start looking less like a grave situation and more like a catastrophe...

 

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GROWING POPULATIONS, CLIMATE CHANGE LEAVE CITIES ON A FAST TRACK TO WATER DEFICITS...

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By 2050 many of the world's major cities will face surface water shortages, spurring regional conflict and competition for scarce resources...

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EUROPE'S MICROWAVE OVENS EMIT NEARLY AS MUCH CO2 AS 7M CARS...

Using your microwave more efficiently and turning it off when not in use can help cut energy consumption. Photograph: Huw Jones/Getty Images

 

The biggest impact comes from electricity used to power the microwaves, but study also highlights rising environmental cost of our throwaway culture...

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A FOREBODING SIMILARITY IN TODAY’S OCEANS AND A 94-MILLION-YEAR-OLD CATASTROPHE...

Algae blooms off the coast of New York and New Jersey in August 2015. NASA / AP

 

The ocean is suffocating—but not for the first time...

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SCOTT PRUITT INSINCERELY ASKED WHAT'S EARTH'S IDEAL TEMPERATURE. SCIENTISTS ANSWER...

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...

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