CLIMATE CHANGE IS THE STORY YOU MISSED IN 2017. AND THE MEDIA IS TO BLAME...

‘The effect of climate change on extreme weather has been dramatically undercovered’ Photograph: Enterprise/Rex/Shutterstock

 

Some of Trump’s tweets generate more national coverage than devastating disasters. As the weather gets worse, we need journalism to get better...

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WHY REMOTE ANTARCTICA IS SO IMPORTANT IN A WARMING WORLD...

The continent is home to 12 million penguins…and not much else. Andrew Peacock, footloosefotography.com

 

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical land – an idea reinforced by tales of heroism and adventure from the Edwardian golden age of “heroic exploration” and pioneers such as Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton...

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THE ENERGY 202: TRUMP HAS BACKED AWAY FROM REGULATING METHANE. NOW INDUSTRY SAYS IT WILL REDUCE EMISSIONS ITSELF...

An oil well flares off excess methane in the desert east of Farmington, New Mexico. (Courtesy of Michael Eisenfeld)

 

THE LIGHTBULB

Amid an effort by the Trump administration to ease rules on the oil and gas sector, 26 companies said they will take voluntary steps to ratchet down emissions on a potent greenhouse gas the Obama administration tried to regulate...

 

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US GOVERNMENT REPORT FINDS STEADY AND PERSISTENT GLOBAL WARMING...

Miami Beach Coast, Florida. Photograph: Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images

 

All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures...

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KEY GLOBAL WARMING BLOG HEADLINES FROM LAST MONTH...

Before you check out the first headline on the massive southern California global warming fueled wildfires below, please read the following important short update from our executive director...

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THE APPALLING MEANINGLESS OF BEING IN A POST-MODERN, PRE-APOCALYPTIC WORLD...

There is nature...

 

Nothing really seems to matter much when your Planet is needlessly collapsing and dying. Big important ideas to base your life upon are in short supply. Pretty much god myths, stuff, and tribes are all we got. There is nature. And she needs us...

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2017: THE YEAR IN CLIMATE...

 

Climate change factors, which include global warming (epa.gov)

 

Understanding Climate Change...

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4 QUESTIONS ON THE CALIFORNIA FIRES AND CLIMATE CHANGE...

Fires spread by the Diablo winds and fueled by dry grass and brush spread through California's Napa and Sonoma regions in early October 2017. Scientists say climate change is loading the dice for wildfires. Credit: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

 

Santa Ana winds are whipping up wildfires in Southern California after a devastating season in wine country. Rising temps can make the West dangerously combustible...

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THE MORAL AND INTELLECTUAL BANKRUPTCY OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is surrounded by reporters as Republicans worked to pass their tax bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Photograph: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

 

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars...

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OCEANS UNDER GREATEST THREAT IN HISTORY, WARNS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH...

The leatherback turtle is the largest turtle on the planet. David Attenborough travels to Trinidad to meet a community trying to save these giants. Photograph: Gavin Thurston

 

Blue Planet 2 producers say final episode lays bare shocking damage humanity is wreaking in the seas, from climate change to plastic pollution to noise...

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS SEE ALARMING NEW THREAT TO CALIFORNIA...

In June 2014, Lake Shasta was at 37% of capacity due to the long California drought. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

 

California could be hit with significantly more dangerous and more frequent droughts in the near future as changes in weather patterns triggered by global warming block rainfall from reaching the state, according to new research led by scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory...

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CLIMATE CHANGE MIGHT LOWER SALARIES...

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

 

The more 90-degree days a fetus or infant endured, the lower his or her earnings in adulthood...

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BUILDERS SAID THEIR HOMES WERE OUT OF A FLOOD ZONE. THEN HARVEY CAME...

Leslie Martinez, right; her husband, John Ahearn; and their daughter, Alex Ahearn, outside their home, which flooded after Hurricane Harvey despite being outside the official flood plain in The Woodlands, Tex. Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times

 

THE WOODLANDS, Tex. — Leslie Martinez heard the floodwaters before she saw them. They rushed across the lawn, seeped around the doors and into the house. It was 2:15 a.m. on Aug. 28, three days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Her young daughter was asleep in her arms. Ms. Martinez’s first reaction was to spread towels around the floor...

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HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS IMPACTING THE AMERICAN WEST RIGHT NOW...

Lodgepole pines turn a reddish color near Granby, Colorado, due to damage caused by the pine bark beetle.RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

 

Many studies have modeled future impacts from climate change, but scientists have shown that warming trends are already affecting water and ecosystems in the West...

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EL NIÑO MIGHT SPEED UP CLIMATE CHANGE...

This picture taken on July 26, 2017 shows an Indonesian ranger inspecting the peat forest fire at Meulaboh, Aceh province. Credit: Chandeer Mayhuddin Getty Images

 

Scientists have evidence that El Niño boosts CO2 levels, and they are pinning down how...

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MELTING ICE COULD MESS UP DEEP-SEA CHEMISTRY...

Credit: Getty

 

Thawing glaciers may speed up acidification of ocean water...

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MONSTER HEAT WAVE REACHES GREENLAND, BRINGING RAIN AND MELTING ITS ICE SHEET...

Temperature departure from normal. CREDIT: ClimateReanalyzer.org

 

NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission warns the ice sheet is more at risk to global warming than we knew...

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DAILY CLIMATE'S WEEKEND READER: TILLERSON OUT? REPUBLICANS WARM TO CLIMATE...

 

According to the Washington rumor mill, the long-anticipated departure of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may be at hand. The cruel irony for environmental advocates is that they may long for the day when the ExxonMobil lifer and former CEO was in charge at state...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #48...

David Wallace-Wells, Cam Webb, Nancy Knowlton, and Nikhil Advani speak Wednesday evening at a panel discussion hosted by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. AMY Y. LI

 

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

Editor's Pick: Climate Change Panel Talks ‘Hope and Despair’

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SKEPTICAL SCIENCE: NEW RESEARCH, NOVEMBER 20-26, 2017...

Figure is from paper #6.

 

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

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CLIMATE CHANGE NEWS FOR NOV. 2017...

Effects of Climate Change

 

On Nov. 10 Flannery Winchester of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) published an article titled, Climate Solutions Caucus members introduced a carbon pricing bill in Congress...

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LARGE ICEBERG BREAKS OFF FROM GREY GLACIER IN SOUTHERN CHILE...

Picture released by Chile’s National Forest Corporation (CONAF) showing the Grey Glacier detachment. Photograph: HO/AFP/Getty Images

 

Officials at Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, home to the glacier, said such ruptures were rare and had not occurred since the early 1990s...

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THE OCEANS ARE GETTING MORE ACIDIC...HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW...

 

Right now, the world is teetering on an abyss of sorts. Scientists, in general, are starting to believe that we’re in the middle of an extinction level event; the sort of catastrophe that wiped the dinosaurs off the planet...

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WHEN WE HARM THE ENVIRONMENT, WE'RE HURTING OUR HEALTH...

mid-day.com

 

Our planet’s resources find themselves in a precarious situation. The very ideals and strengths that have helped humanity survive, to become a force in complete control of its destiny - no longer ruled by our basic instincts but guided by our intelligence - have also left us stranded on a cliff’s edge....

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THE ENERGY 202: TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S RENEWABLE FUEL RULING LEAVES NO ONE HAPPY...

A combine machine harvests corn in a field in Minooka, Ill. in 2014. (REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo)

 

Trump administration's renewable fuel ruling leaves no one happy...

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ARE YOU LIVING IN A GLOBAL WARMING "MUST MIGRATE TO SURVIVE" UNSAFE ZONE?

 

Is migration necessary to avoid climate chaos and extinction for much of humanity within the next 10 years? Special Briefing #5...

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A POISON IN OUR ISLAND...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

 

Rising seas caused by climate change are seeping inside a United States nuclear waste dump on a remote and low-lying Pacific atoll, flushing out radioactive substances left behind from some of the world’s largest atomic weapons tests...

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300 SCIENTISTS OPPOSE TRUMP NOMINEE: 'MORE DANGEROUS THAN CLIMATE CHANGE IS LYING'...

At her confirmation hearing in early November, Kathleen Hartnett White repeated her claim that CO2 is not a pollutant. "As an atmospheric gas, it is a plant nutrient," she told senators. Credit: Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Video

 

Kathleen Hartnett White's nomination for the top White House environment post is set for a Senate committee vote on Wednesday...

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THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN ISN’T FINISHED WITH DONALD TRUMP: “POWER DOES NOT MAKE YOU A GOOD PERSON”...

San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and Committee on Homeland Security ranking member Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., attend a House Democratic Leaders news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

 

She explains how Puerto Rico is grappling with the new normal...

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THE ENERGY 202: TRUMP EXPECTED TO SIGN BILL CALLING CLIMATE CHANGE A "DIRECT THREAT." REALLY!

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington in October. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington in October. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg)

 

THE LIGHTBULB

Since taking office, President Trump has failed to make good on some high-profile campaign promises, such as appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton and banning all Muslims from entering the country (not from lack of trying, however)...

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FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH A FORK...

What you choose to put on your fork can make a difference to the environment. Photo: Stocksy

 

What should we eat if we want to reduce levels of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming?

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THE CARBON BRIEF INTERVIEW: DR KATHARINE HAYHOE...

Dr Katharine Hayhoe is a professor in the department of political science at Texas Tech University and director of its Climate Science Center. She was a lead author on the Climate Science Special Report, part of the fourth US National Climate Assessment, which was published in early November 2017. Hayhoe is also a science advisor on the US documentary series Years of Living Dangerously and was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014...
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AMERICAN LEADERS SHOULD READ THEIR OFFICIAL CLIMATE SCIENCE REPORT...

The remains of the Signorello Estate winery smolder after the October wildfires in Napa, California. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP

 

The United States Global Change Research Program report paints a bleak picture of the consequences of climate denial...

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IN PERU’S DESERTS, MELTING GLACIERS ARE A GODSEND (UNTIL THEY’RE GONE)...

A glacier in the Cordillera Blanca region of Peru. Its melting has been a bonanza for farmers, but the water may soon be gone. Credit Tomas Munita for The New York Times

 

Accelerating glacial melt in the Andes caused by climate change has set off a gold rush downstream,letting the desert bloom. But as the ice vanishes, the vast farms below may do the same...

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2017 SKS WEEKLY CLIMATE CHANGE & GLOBAL WARMING NEWS ROUNDUP #47...

Should a healthy environment be a human right? These Norwegians think so...

 

Greenpeace and the environmental group Youth and Nature are suing the Norwegian Government for granting Arctic oil drilling licenses...

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IMAGES FROM A WARMING PLANET - THE UK IN PICTURES...

 Kayakers and a stranded motorist in the floodwaters on the road at Storth on the Kent Estuary. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Images

 

The 2016 book by photojournalist Ashley Cooper documented the effects of climate change over 13 years and in more than 30 countries. Earlier this month, Cooper won the Green Apple award for environmental best practice at a ceremony at the UK House of Commons...

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THE ARTICLE THAT CHANGED MY VIEW … OF HUMANITY'S IMPACT ON THE PLANET...

Plastics pollution in Dakar, Senegal. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

 

Guardian supporter Matt Bowden explains why an article by the author Robert Macfarlane helped him understand the ‘Anthropocene generation’...

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ARCTIC CLIMATE CHANGE BEING FELT FARTHER SOUTH, SCIENTISTS SAY...

An international summary of five year's worth of research on Arctic climate change concludes the top of the world is getting warmer faster than anyone thought. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

 

'Most people don't understand how bad it is,' researcher says...

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BOOK REVIEW: IN ‘THE WATER WILL COME,’ JEFF GOODELL WARNS THAT RISING SEAS WON’T WAIT...

 

After Hurricane Irma, President Trump offered hoagies and cheerful platitudes. None of that will save Florida from the catastrophes to come...

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DIRE WARNING: WE’LL SUFFER MORE 90+DEGREE DAYS, CLIMATE REPORT SAYS...

A recent federal climate change report says Florida could see more extreme whether, such as heavy rain like this, on the Flagler Memorial Bridge on Aug. 24, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Double the number of scorching hot days and whipsaw bouts of overwhelming rain and debilitating drought could mar South Florida’s future if more efforts aren’t made to mitigate climate change, according to a federal study released this month...

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HOW SOON WILL THE 'ICE APOCALYPSE' COME?

Scientists have long been tracking the retreat of Pine Island Glacier, one of the main outlets where ice from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet flows into the ocean. Photograph: OLI/Landsat 8/NASA

 

An emotive article on the ‘ice apocalypse’ by Eric Holthaus describes a terrifying vision of catastrophic sea level rise this century caused by climate change and the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet. But how likely is this – and how soon could such a future be here?

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HOW GREED, FEAR AND OUR OWN BIASES BLIND US TO THE REALITIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

Photo Credit: DarwelShots / Shutterstock

 

By the time climate change is no longer a long-term threat, it will be too late...

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TOO RIGHT IT'S BLACK FRIDAY: OUR RELENTLESS CONSUMPTION IS TRASHING THE PLANET...

Illustration: Sebastien Thibault

 

Growth must go on – it’s the political imperative everywhere, and it’s destroying the Earth. But there’s no way of greening it, so we need a new system...

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DEBUNKING CLIMATE CHANGE MYTHS: A THANKSGIVING CONVERSATION GUIDE...

Thanksgiving dinner conversations with the whole family can surface all kinds of myths and confusion. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

 

We asked our readers to share the top climate denial claims and global warming questions they hear from family. Here’s what science shows — and how to explain it...

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COMCAST WANTS TO CONTROL WHAT YOU DO ONLINE. DO YOU WANT TO LET THEM?

 

We have just 3 weeks to save net neutrality...

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S PREEMENENT CLIMATE SCIENTISTS ON THE 23RD COP IN BONN-FIJI, CAN IT BE THIS BAD?

Wikipedia

 

Settling wearily into my Deutsche Bahn seat at the start of a two-day journey back to Uppsala, Sweden, I’ve endeavoured below to capture my early thoughts on the latest attempt to forestall our headlong rush towards oblivion...

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U.S. COMMUNITIES SENT A MESSAGE TO THE WORLD...

cctne, COP23, UNFCCC

 

The only event the Trump administration hosted at the COP 23 UN climate talks during the last two weeks in Germany was a panel promoting “clean” coal, nuclear, and other fossil fuels. This is climate denial in action...

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IN HIS OWN WORDS: BEHIND A ONE-TIME SKEPTIC'S CLIMATE 'FLIP'...

Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center, for 23 years a thorn in side of climate scientists, spells out how he came to accept scientific evidence and the economic rationale for action...

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THESE ARE THE MELTING GLACIERS THAT MIGHT SOMEDAY DROWN YOUR CITY, ACCORDING TO NASA...

This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained July 27, 2012, shows a massive ice island as it broke free of the Petermann Glacier in northwestern Greenland. (Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatory via AFP)

 

New York City has plenty to worry about from sea level rise. But according to a new study by NASA researchers, it should worry specifically about two major glacier systems in Greenland’s northeast and northwest — but not so much about other parts of the vast northern ice sheet...

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GLOBAL WARMING IS KILLING THE LARGEST ANIMAL ON OUR PLANET. DEATH BY KILLER ALGAE...

Vreni Häussermann of the Huinay Scientific Field Station photographs one of hundreds of whales that washed up in Chilean Patagonia in 2015. Photo by Keri-Lee Pashuk

 

When 343 Sei whales died from a harmful algal bloom in Chilean Patagonia, they opened a window into the effect changing climate is having on marine mammals, our oceans, and us'...

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MY HEROES! A MUST WATCH VIDEO...

 

How do we tell the story of 10 years of climate journalism in 5 minutes?      
 
Watch this video for how we did it, with the help of filmmaker Bob Madey....

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HOW A NORTH CAROLINA METEOROLOGIST ABANDONED HIS CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTICISM...

 

I became a broadcast meteorologist for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1981, and have worked there ever since...

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THE CLIMATE CRISIS? IT’S CAPITALISM, STUPID!

Nick Cote for the NYT

 

The real culprit of the climate crisis is not any particular form of consumption, production or regulation but rather the very way in which we globally produce, which is for profit rather than for sustainability...

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BATTERED BY EXTREME WEATHER, AMERICANS ARE MORE WORRIED ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...

A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas. Photograph: David J. Phillip/AP

 

After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change...

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MY GRANDDAUGHTER WILL BE 35 IN 2050. I GRIEVE THAT SHE WILL KNOW SILENT AND EMPTY PLACES...

Former Greens leader Christine Milne with her granddaughter Eleanor, August 2017. Photograph: Karen Brown/Karen Brown Photography

 

Australia’s white lemuroid possum became my symbol for habitat loss and global warming that will send one-third of species to extinction by mid-century...

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SEA LEVELS ARE ALREADY RISING. WHAT'S NEXT?

A man walks through floodwaters from Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Florida. PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK WILSON, GETTY

 

Climate change is battering coasts with storms and floods, but we still haven’t grappled with the risks of what’s to come...

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PARIS AGREEMENT: TRUMP'S CLIMATE EXIT RISKS U.S. ECONOMY, WORLD'S WELFARE...

Trump said the United States won't be bound by any of the treaty's obligations while he backs out of the Paris Agreement. The crowd outside the White House for the announcement wasn't pleased. Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

 

The U.S. backing out of its climate change commitments threatens to lock in prolonged and dangerous warming, raising the cost for future generations...

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THOUSANDS OF SCIENTISTS ISSUE BLEAK ‘SECOND NOTICE’ TO HUMANITY...

Planet Earth (NASA)

 

In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity”...

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BEGINNING TO PENETRATE BEYOND THE HYDRA-HEADED GLOBAL WARMING DELUSIONS. PART 4...

Introduction

The first three essays in this Hydra-Headed Meta-Delusion series explain massive delusions that affect the entire world and more particularly the USA. The first massive delusion is exposed as the world’s belief that through the Paris Accord it has addressed the most pressing and pervasive crisis humanity has yet faced, i.e., rapid and disastrous climate heating and runaway climate destabilization. The demonstration of the Tinkerbell-Effect points to the delusions that those who supposedly are working to stabilize climate suffer from. That group is not the political group administering the US political system that many are supposedly “resisting,” but the vast majority of the world who believe that we are moving toward climate stabilization. Evidence shows however that technological developments and current efforts to reduce or mitigate greenhouse gas pollutants are trivial compared to the dramatic and immediate reductions in fossil fuels required.

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CHINA HAS PLEDGED TO STOP THE SALE OF ALL PETROL AND DIESEL CARS...

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China is looking to join the growing number of countries setting bans in place for vehicles that run on fossil fuels...

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