The un-beer-lievable price of beer around the world

STA Travel Blog - It may not be a boozy time of year (hello, Dry January our old friend), but that doesn’t mean you can’t brush up on your... The post The un-beer-lievable price of beer around the world appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #3, 2020

Skeptical Science - Biography of a policy metric Bård Lahn performs a sweeping literature review to present the history of our notion of a "global carbon budget" and how this number has come to encapsulate a massive amount of scientific research into a useful, easily grasped tool in our policy skill set. A history of the global carbon budget is open access, free to read, worth your time. Wildfire and climate change In the publication mill long before recent events in Australia but … [Read more...]

How did climate change get so controversial?

Skeptical Science - An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Our human brain is poorly equipped to deal with a threat like climate change. Over millions of years, we’ve evolved to avoid life-threatening dangers like predators jumping out of bushes. We’ve survived by quickly detecting and avoiding immediate, short-term dangers. In contrast, global warming is a slow-motion disaster happening on a global scale. Our brains aren’t built to respond … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 5, 2020 through Sat, Jan 11, 2020 Editor's Pick Debunked Australian Bushfire Conspiracy Theories Were Pushed by Alex Jones, Murdoch Media As unusually intense and widespread bushfires have ravaged a drought-ridden Australia, bots and trolls have begun pushing climate science denial across the internet in the form of conspiracy theories about the … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #1, 2020

Skeptical Science - Supply Side How are we doing with CO2 emissions? It's an important question, increasingly posed to a mixed bag of CO2 contributors who may or may not provide accurate reportage. Liu et al present a new, additional means of measurement based on satellite observations of nitrogen dioxide co-emitted from coal-fired power plants, in A methodology to constrain carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants using satellite observations of co-emitted nitrogen dioxide (open … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 12, 2020 through Sat, Jan 18, 2020 Editor's Pick The Past and the Future of the Earth’s Oldest Trees Bristlecone pines have survived various catastrophes over the millennia, and they may survive humanity. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - a protected area high in the White Mountains in Inyo County in eastern California. Photo: Felix Lipov - … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... 'It's heart-wrenching': 80% of Blue Mountains and 50% of Gondwana rainforests burn in bushfires Guardian Australia analysis reveals the frightening amount of world heritage area burned in Australia’s ongoing fire crisis The unprecedented … [Read more...]

Places you never thought to go to in Egypt

STA Travel Blog - There’s more to Egypt than the Pyramids of Giza! I spent a month there, traversing deserts and oases, discovering off-the-beaten path towns and temples, and... The post Places you never thought to go to in Egypt appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Your Guide to Responsible Travel to Thailand

STA Travel Blog - There’s more to Thailand than full moon parties and delicious food. We are given the privilege of travel, so why not give something back? By... The post Your Guide to Responsible Travel to Thailand appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Wild card destinations in Australia and New Zealand you need to visit

STA Travel Blog - Australia and New Zealand may be far away from pretty much everyone, but they’re both hot on the list for most adventurers. And so they should be. They’re... The post Wild card destinations in Australia and New Zealand you need to visit appeared first on STA Travel Blog. (c) STA Travel Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one

Skeptical Science - This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Corporations, special interest groups, and individuals inject billions of dollars into the American political system every year. Much of the financial support in politics is concealed from public view, as some rules – and loopholes – allow “dark money” and undisclosed donors to remain behind a wall. But some of those contributions can be traced via the Federal Election Commission, the IRS, … [Read more...]

I had an intense conversation at work today.

Skeptical Science - Claire Cohen-Norris volunteers with Citizens Climate Lobby as a chapter founder and leader in rural New York. Her climate advocacy sprung from her drive to provide a secure, joyful and fulfilling life for her two wonderful children. It has become a life’s mission, shared with her like-minded husband and partner. Claire earned her biology degree from Mount Holyoke College and her law degree from Tulane Law School. She has taught high school biology and environmental … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #1

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in everyday weather, study finds Satellite image showing weather on Jan. 2, 2019. (NOAA) For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #1

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 29, 2019 through Sat, Jan 4, 2020 Editor's Pick There Is No Safe Global Warming Australia Bushfire - Shutterstock Safety is something we all crave. It’s human nature. And so perhaps it’s not surprising that we’ve spent the past decade or so outlining what a “safe” level of global warming is. Language reflecting the … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #52, 2019

Skeptical Science - The other side of the coin Last week's New Research mentioned a New York Times article describing how academic researchers plow straight through holidays with work. On the publishing side: not so much. Argue about priorities but clearly there's a difference in attitudes between the input hopper and the output conveyor. This week's posting presents a starved appearance reflective of a slowdown in the supply chain of research goodies. 29 Articles: Physical science of global … [Read more...]

2019 in Review: another busy year for the Skeptical Science team

Skeptical Science - As we wrap up 2019 and prepare for 2020, here is our annual review of what our team was up to during the year. As in previous recaps, this one is divided into several sections: Scholary publications, projects and books Other publications and activities Recorded talks and podcasts Our MOOC Denial101x Conferences Website activities Rebuttal statistics Downloads Translations Social media Cranky Uncle fundraising campaign Scholarly publications, projects and … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #52

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... 2019 in review: Polarised world entering era of climate impacts We look back on CHN’s reporting from a year that saw a great collision of political and physical forces Women help unload humanitarian aid from a helicopter after cyclone Idai hit Mozambique in March 2019. (Photo: … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #52

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 22 through Sat, Dec 28, 2019 Editor's Pick Record hit for most ice to melt in Antarctica in one day, data suggests: "We are in a Climate Emergency" Newly released Antarctica topography map, BedMachine, and related findings published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Dec 12, 2019 The record in recent decades for the highest level of ice to melt … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #51, 2019

Skeptical Science - Are they really suffering? The New York Times this week highlighted a paper looking at academic work habits, Working 9 to 5, not the way to make an academic living: observational analysis of manuscript and peer review, by Barnett, Mewter and Schroter. It won't come as a surprise to anybody with a researcher available for observation to see suspicions confirmed: scientists are "on" year 'round, like firefighters or police. From the Times: Jay Van Bavel, a social … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #51

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Rich Nations, After Driving Climate Disaster, Block All Progress At U.N. Talks Empty chairs of the delegations are pictured during the U.N. Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, on Dec. 13, 2019. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images LAST WEDNESDAY, over 300 demonstrators at COP25 … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #51

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 15 through Sat, Dec 21, 2019 Editor's Pick 2019 in Review: The Year the World Began to Wake up to the Climate Emergency “Climate emergency” is the 2019 word of the year, according to the Oxford English dictionary — and rightfully so. Over the last year, rising emissions and record-breaking events — from hurricanes in the … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #50, 2019

Skeptical Science - Our crowdfunding campaign to complete development of the Cranky Uncle game for improving our climate cognition reached its initial goal of $15,000 in only 7 days. We've activated our first stretch goal, to port the app to Android. You can help by contributing right now while you're thinking about it! To all those who've already contributed, a massive Thank You! Pointing the finger Attributing ocean acidification to major carbon producers extends anthropogenic atmospheric … [Read more...]

SkS Analogy 21 – Snow on a Hot Tin Roof

Skeptical Science - With many feet of snow on our shed roof and with another winter storm approaching, I knew I had to get some of the snow off the roof to prevent its collapse. So, I worked for a couple of days pulling off some of the snow. When I finished there was a thin layer of remaining snow over most of the roof, and the sheet metal at the edge of the roof was exposed, bare metal.In the following days I noticed that the amount of bare metal kept getting bigger and bigger, moving up from … [Read more...]