The consensus on consensus messaging

Skeptical Science - A scientist would never tolerate statements about climate change that weren't based on scientific research and empirical evidence. However, the same evidentiary standards don't always seem to apply to statements about how to communicate about climate change. For example, on the topic of communicating the scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, there are lots of opinions on whether communicating the scientific consensus is effective or not. Many of these opinions … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #31

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... China’s emissions ‘could peak 10 years earlier than Paris climate pledge’ Shutterstock CO2 emissions in China may peak up to a decade earlier than the nation has pledged under the Paris Agreement, according to a new study. With its enormous population and heavy reliance on coal, China is by far the world’s biggest … [Read more...]

How much CO2 your country can still emit, in three simple steps

RealClimate - Everyone is talking about emissions budgets – what are they and what do they mean for your country? Our CO2 emissions are causing global heating. If we want to stop global warming at a given temperature level, we can emit only a limited amount of CO2. That’s our emissions budget. I explained it here at RealClimate a couple of years ago: First of all – what the heck is an “emissions budget” for CO2? Behind this concept is the fact that the amount of global warming that is … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #30

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Global Footprint Network promotes real-world solutions that #MoveTheDate, accelerating the transition to one-planet prosperity On July 29, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organization that has pioneered the … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #30

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, July 21 through Sat, July 27, 2019 Editor's Pick Europe's record heatwave threatens Greenland ice sheet The hot air moving up from North Africa has not merely broken European temperature records but surpassed them by 2, 3 or 4 degrees Celsius Shutterstock The hot air that smashed European weather records this week looks set to move towards Greenland and … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #29

Skeptical Science - Article of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review...Poster of the Week... Article of the Week... June 2019: Earth's Hottest June on Record In this picture taken on June 6, 2019, Hindu priests sit inside large vessels filled with water as they perform the 'Parjanya Japa' and offer prayers to appease the rain god for timely monsoons at the Huligamma Devi Temple in Koppal District, some 300 km from Bangalore, … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, July 14 through Sat, July 20, 2019 Editor's Pick A Climate Action for Every Type of Activist No matter your age, gender, race, or political ideology, there are ways to fight climate change that fit your life and values. YES! Illustrations by Delphine Lee Most of us have heard about U.N. researchers warning that we need to make dramatic changes in the next … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – Legumes

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

I’m curious … Do you compost?

Reduce Footprints - Create your own user feedback survey (c) Reduce Footprints - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Meet & Greet (#MtaGt) – April – Pollution Pollution

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Meet & Greet, a regular series designed to grow our green community.Banner by Art IstGrab our banner for your site:For 2015, Meet & Greet will operate a bit differently than previous years. This year, I'll be featuring blogs which I find via my Internet travels or blogs which you recommend via the link-up widget below. Please visit the Meet & Greet Page for all the details.Let's take a look at this month's featured blog ...Please meet Mi Muba, owner and author of … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – Ground Cover

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

Review – Practical Projects for Self-Sufficiency by Chris Peterson and Philip Schmidt

Reduce Footprints - Have you ever noticed how completing a do-it-yourself (DIY) project is so much more rewarding than buying something already made? There is, of course, a real sense of pride; moreover, it gives us the opportunity to choose earth-friendly materials and build an item which will last. It also feels liberating to know that we can sustain our lives without depending on the "big box stores".Since buying our property last year, we've taken on many DIY projects. With some of them, … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Encouraging Manufacturers to Help Preserve the Environment

Reduce Footprints - We count on our manufacturing companies for everything from the windows in our homes to the bricks and steel supporting our cities’ tallest skyscrapers. The finished products these companies create are often beautiful and needed, but the environmental impact of the manufacturing isn’t always as pretty. It is no secret that the manufacturing sector can produce a lot of waste. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013 alone, manufacturing processes … [Read more...]

Can planting trees save our climate?

RealClimate - In recent weeks, a new study by researchers at ETH Zurich has hit the headlines worldwide (Bastin et al. 2019). It is about trees. The researchers asked themselves the question: how much carbon could we store if we planted trees everywhere in the world where the land is not already used for agriculture or cities? Since the leaves of trees extract carbon in the form of carbon dioxide – CO2 – from the air and then release the oxygen – O2 – again, this is a … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – No Till Gardening

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Composting

Reduce Footprints - Most people talk about composting as a viable alternative to tossing things into a landfill, but I was curious about how many people actually make the effort. I was also interested to learn about the reasons why folks don't compost.That was the focus of April's survey.Let's take a look at the results:CommentsCOnstantly traveling.Why NOT compost? It's great for the garden, it reduces our amount of garbage, and it's good for the earth to put food and yard waste literally back … [Read more...]

Review – Good Earth Beauty

Reduce Footprints - I love Eco-friendly beauty and body-care products! While I take it as my personal responsibility to research both products and companies, I will admit that completing "due diligence" takes a considerable amount of time and effort. So I was thrilled when I was introduced to Good Earth Beauty, a company which does all the "leg work" for us.Karen Ostrach, the founder of Good Earth Beauty, became concerned about body care products when her daughter, at age 10, suffered an … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – Green Fertilizer

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #28

Skeptical Science - Debunk of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Debunk of the Week... Non-peer-reviewed manuscript falsely claims natural cloud changes can explain global warming CLAIM: "Man-made Climate Change Doesn't Exist In Practice... During the last hundred years the temperature is increased [sic] about 0.1°C because of carbon dioxide. The human contribution was about … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – No Smoking

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

Do You Smoke?

Reduce Footprints - Create your own user feedback survey Join us on May 22nd for the results. (c) Reduce Footprints - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

First successful model simulation of the past 3 million years of climate change

RealClimate - Guest post by Matteo Willeit, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research A new study published in Science Advances shows that the main features of natural climate variability over the last 3 million years can be reproduced with an efficient model of the Earth system. The Quaternary is the most recent geological Period, covering the past ~2.6 million years. It is defined by the presence of glacial-interglacial cycles associated with the cyclic growth and decay of … [Read more...]

Nenana Ice Classic 2019

RealClimate - Wow. Perhaps unsurprisingly given the exceptional (relative) warmth in Alaska last month and in February, the record for the Nenana Ice Classic was shattered this year. The previous official record was associated with the exceptional conditions in El Niño-affected winter of 1939-1940, when the ice went out on April 20th 1940. Though since 1940 was a leap year, that was actually a little later (relative to the vernal equinox) than the ice out date in 1998 (which wasn’t a leap … [Read more...]