2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #52

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor’s Pick Vive la résistance: 10 ways people stood up for the planet in 2017 Grist / Justin Sullivan / Staff / Getty Images One year ago, we wondered what would happen after a man who called climate change a Chinese hoax was elected president of the United States. Certainly, 2017 will be remembered for a series of cringe-worthy political appointments, disappointing regulatory repeals, and controversial executive actions — not to mention Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement. But it was also a year that birthed a new band of scrappy resisters who fought the climate-change denying,

How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead on Clean Energy in 2017

When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention quickly turned to corporate America. Would business leaders forge ahead in the fight against climate change in the absence of federal backing? In 2017, at least, the answer is yes. As of December 12, when heads of state joined to commemorate the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement, 327 major corporations, worth a cumulative $6.5 trillion, had committed to matching their emission reduction plans with the Paris goals through the Science Based Targets initiative. Another 864 companies have stated their intention to adopt a science-based target within

Want to Prevent Interconnection Gridlock? Make a Plan

We are all familiar with the importance of proactive public planning. Take the road network for instance. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people commute into and out of cities, relying on well-placed and adequately sized roads to get them where they want to go. To keep traffic flowing, road planners must anticipate the numbers of commuters, their intended destinations, and the needs for road maintenance

New research, December 18-24, 2017

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. The figure is from paper #62. Climate change impacts 1. The Sectoral and Regional Economic Consequences of Climate Change to 2060 “The model results show that damages are projected to rise twice as fast as global economic activity; global annual Gross Domestic Product losses are projected to be 1.0–3.3% by 2060. Of the impacts that are modelled, impacts on labour productivity and agriculture are projected to have the largest negative economic consequences. Damages from sea level rise grow most

Overheard in sustainability: The funniest moments in 2017

These stories illuminate the lighter side of a flood of bad news about record emissions levels, political inaction and lapses in corporate responsibility.

Next year, resilience will become the new normal

The riskiest 20 percent of U.S. counties are economic powerhouses. Having valuable property that is not resilient and in the path of disaster is unsustainable.

Best of 2017: 5 questions you’ve wanted to ask about the Paris Agreement

Conservation International answers the questions you might have.

Was 2017 the Year Global Energy Giants Went All-In on the Distributed Energy Revolution?

It's been an interesting year for mergers and acquisitions in the distributed energy space, with some unexpected developments. We haven't seen the same massive M&A deals of years past, such as GE’s purchase of Alstom or Honeywell’s acquisition of Elster — although Tuesday's announcement that smart metering and utility software provider Aclara was being sold for $1.1 billion to Hubbell Inc. helped bring this year's total closer to the peaks of the past. But when you look at the activity in 2017, a pattern emerges. Over the past year, we’ve seen a number of major European energy companies — and some Japanese, American and Israeli ones as well — buy into the proposition that providing

From the eMail Bag: Carbon Isotopes, Part 2: The Delta Notation

We occasionally receive excellent questions and/or comments by email or via our contact form and have then usually corresponded with the emailer directly. But, some of the questions and answers deserve a broader audience, so we decided to highlight some of them in a new series of blog posts. In Part 1, we learned

US government climate report looks at how the oceans are buffering climate change

In the recently released US Global Change Research Program Report, one of the chapters I was most interested in was about the changes we’ve observed in the world’s oceans. The oceans are really the key to the climate change issue, whether that be in quantifying how fast it’s happening

How to avoid the ‘climate apocalypse’ in 2018

We might have just 1,000 days left to save the world.

Are feedlots the ingredient to an ethical beef industry?

Although grass-fed is touted as the environmentally and ethically best choice for beef eaters, feedlots often outperform on both fronts.

Fuel Cells in 2017 Are Where Solar Was in 2002

The fuel cell sector posted a third year of steady growth in 2017. The latest Fuel Cell Industry Review by London-based consulting firm E4tech estimates that megawatts shipped rose to 670 megawatts this year, marking a 30 percent year-over-year increase. Factoring in market expansions of 73 percent in 2016 and 61 percent in 2015, fuel cell industry volumes have more than tripled over the past three years. They could rise again by half in 2018, with an estimated

The Coming Climate Famine Anarchy

Organic Permaculture Together as a society we choose to embrace an agro-ecology ethic that governs our relationship with our food and the natural world or we face the coming climate anarchy including mass famine, needless societal and economic collapse, horrendous suffering and depredation, and then death. EcoInternet is committed to re-localizing, de-toxifying, and making global food systems ecologically sustainable. “The future of food – if the biosphere and her humanity are to be sustained – is local, organic, permaculture exchanged without intermediaries.” – Dr

How blockchain transforms energy markets

Can the fast-emerging digital ledger accelerate renewable energy markets?

3 ways businesses can use the internet of things to save the environment

The right data can help the corporate world use resources more sustainably, but competing strategic priorities often get in the way.

Best of 2017: Climate’s new leaders: 6 reasons for hope

New environmental leaders have surfaced after the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

A New Challenge for Disaster Zones: Driving an Electric Evacuation

When Florida Gov. Rick Scott told residents “you need to go right now,” as Hurricane Irma barreled toward the state, many were able to jump in their cars and leave. An estimated 3 million people took to the highways, creating hours-long bottlenecks that stretched six-hour drives into 17-hour odysseys. If all those Floridians drove Teslas, though, it would have been even more difficult. While electric cars can present some grid service opportunities when the power is out, an electrified future will add serious logistical challenges to the already complicated

Germany’s plan to downshift auto emissions

To truly transition to renewable energy, the country must start moving beyond private autos and embrace new digitally-run systems of shared mobility.

Energy commissioners on the coming decarbonization

The best of live interviews from GreenBiz events. This episode: Tim Echols of Georgia and Michael Picker of California spark a lively exchange on power.

Some curious things about Svensmark et al. reference list

The hypothesis of significant effect of cosmic-rays to climate has been shown wrong many times. This is a pet hypothesis of Henrik Svensmark, who continues to push papers on the subject to scientific journals. A few days ago, the journal Nature Communications published a paper of Svensmark (& co-workers). I checked out its reference list because I think

What did NASA know? and when did they know it?

If you think you know why NASA did not report the discovery of the Antarctic polar ozone hole in 1984 before the publication of Farman et al in May 1985, you might well be wrong. One of the most fun things in research is what happens when you try and find a reference to a commonly-known fact and slowly discover that your “fact” is not actually that factual, and that the real story is more interesting than you imagined… Here

2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #51

Story of the Week… Toon of the Week… Graphic of the Week… SkS Spotlights… Coming Soon on SkS… Poster of the Week… Climate Feedback Reviews… SkS Week in Review… 97 Hours of Consensus… Merry Christmas! Story of the Week… Macron Tries To Keep the Paris Agreement Alive There was a moment last week—as television cameras showed dozens of heads of state, business leaders, and A-list celebrities filing off a riverboat into the newly completed Seine Musicale venue in Paris’ suburbs—when it seemed as though the international climate process might get the financial help it desperately needs. In the