2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #7

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... Story of the Week... Iceberg twice the size of Washington, D.C., breaks off Pine Island glacier in Antarctica Story Highlights: The Pine Island glacier "is one the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica." Over the past 8 years, the Pine Island glacier is losing about 58 billion tons of ice per year. This "reveals the dramatic … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #7

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 9, 2020 through Sat, Feb 15, 2020 Editor's Pick ANALYSIS-Climate change opens up 'frontier' farmland, but at what cost to the planet? Climate change could expand farmland globally by almost a third but would also bring significant environmental threats, including a risk of increased emissions from soils Kenya's livestock herders planting chilli … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #6, 2020

Skeptical Science - 94 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects Energy budget constraints on historical radiative forcing Increased subglacial sediment discharge in a warming climate: consideration of ice dynamics, glacial erosion and fluvial sediment transport The empirical basis for modelling glacial erosion rates (open access) The effect of melt pond geometry on the distribution of solar energy under first‐year sea ice Sensitivity of the latitude of the westerly jet … [Read more...]

On climate misinformation and accountability

Skeptical Science - Lately there has been a great deal of misinformation regarding the origins and purpose of Skeptical Science. As John Cook wrote nearly a decade ago, Skeptical Science is primarily a website that debunks climate misinformation with peer-reviewed science. Despite the ever-worsening impacts from climate change, with record after record being broken in our warming climate, misinformation casting doubt on climate science is rampant and showing no signs of going away. Sadly, a … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #6

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Australian smoke plume sets records The recent wildfires in Australia sent one of the largest plumes of smoke higher into the stratosphere than satellites have ever before observed. January 26, 2020. Image via NASA Earth Observatory. Bushfires have raged in Victoria and New … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #6

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 2, 2020 through Sat, Feb 8, 2020 Editor's Pick New Report Details How Fossil Fuel Industry's Climate Destruction Also Exacerbates Human Rights Abuses "Even in the face of the clearest scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels is literally setting the planet on fire, this sector continues to invest in the same old model and often misinforms society … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #5, 2020

Skeptical Science - More Thwaites This past week we heard disturbing news about Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier. Helping to fill in the longer term history of Thwaites' behavior and especially helpful in interpreting results of the recent drilling project and what it may say about the future of this unstable mass of ice is Revealing the former bed of Thwaites Glacier using sea-floor bathymetry, by a heavy duty multi-institutional team of authors. Happily this work is open access. Abstract … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #5

Skeptical Science - Story of the Week... Opinion of the Week... El Niño/La Niña Update... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week... Story of the Week... Scientists alarmed to discover warm water at "vital point" beneath Antarctica's "doomsday glacier" Scientists have found warm water beneath Antarctica's "doomsday glacier," a nickname used because it is one of Antarctica's fastest melting glaciers. … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #5

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 26, 2020 through Sat, Feb 1, 2020 Editor's Pick Social tipping points are the only hope for the climate A new paper explores how to trigger them. Egg on the edge. Fine balance, tipping point etc. Risk, danger concept or metaphor. by Sarah2, Shutterstock At this point, the targets enshrined in the Paris climate agreement — holding the rise in … [Read more...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #4, 2020

Skeptical Science - Suggested suitable pairings While openly lamenting inability to accurately categorize aquatic features in the country and promising to catalog these at some time in the future, the US EPA has exploited this very lack of information to redefine the term "navigable waters." Formal announcement of this policy change took place at the annual convention of home builders in the US, a subtle clue about who is being served by the EPA. The change will help making messes easier … [Read more...]

Global warming is happening here and now

Skeptical Science - An excerpt from the book Cranky Uncle vs. Climate Change, released Feb 25. Signs of global warming are being observed all over our planet. Thermometers measure surface warming. Buoys sunk to ocean depths measure heat building up in our oceans. Ice is melting across our planet, with ice sheets crumbling and glaciers retreating. Spring is coming earlier. Sea levels are rising. Species are migrating to flee warming temperatures. Even tree lines are shifting! Over the last … [Read more...]

With the En-ROADS climate simulator, you can build your own solutions to global warming

Skeptical Science - This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections Killer hurricanes, devastating wildfires, melting glaciers, and sunny-day flooding in more and more coastal areas around the world have birthed a fatalistic view cleverly dubbed by Mary Annaïse Heglar of the Natural Resources Defense Council as “de-nihilism“. One manifestation: An increasing number of people appear to have grown doubtful about the possibility of staving-off climate disaster. However, a new … [Read more...]

Update day 2020!

RealClimate - Following more than a decade of tradition (at least), I’ve now updated the model-observation comparison page to include observed data through to the end of 2019. As we discussed a couple of weeks ago, 2019 was the second warmest year in the surface datasets (with the exception of HadCRUT4), and 1st, 2nd or 3rd in satellite datasets (depending on which one). Since this year was slightly above the linear trends up to 2018, it slightly increases the trends up to 2019. … [Read more...]

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 19, 2020 through Sat, Jan 25, 2020 Editor's Pick The companies that have contributed most to climate change Thought-provoking readings on those most responsible for the pollution. Sometimes, in our struggle to address climate change, we need to see ourselves as facing not an incredibly complex (or “wicked”) problem (and one to which most … [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...]

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...]

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #2, 2020

Skeptical Science - Conflation and how to fix it VIa AMS, Raul Lejano looks at what in a layperson's thinking would be called conflation— confusion and blending of entirely different topics— when people think about climate change. Ideology and the Narrative of Skepticism (open access) starts with some arguably frightening false connections between the science and policy outcomes of climate change with other drivers of social anxiety among people who reject what we know about … [Read more...]