2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #20

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, May 12 through Sat, May 18, 2019 Editor’s Pick 12 excuses for climate inaction and how to refute them Using moral clarity to counter defeatism around the climate crisis. Shutterstock There’s a reason why the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has successfully goaded powerful politicians

Introducing a new citizens initiative for carbon pricing in Europe

A new European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) called “The fast, fair and effective solution to climate change” was launched on May 6. The proposal asks that the European Commission introduce a carbon-pricing policy known as Carbon Fee and Dividend at the European Union level. The European Commission registered the proposal earlier this month. Organizers behind the initiative now have one year until May 6, 2020 to gather the 1 million signatures needed for the European Commission to consider the proposal. Scientists and economists agree: Putting an increasing price on pollution and giving the returns to households works. A steadily increasing price on fossil fuels will reduce pollution by

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #21

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, May 19 through Sat, May 25, 2019 Editor’s Pick Why school strikers are guest editing Climate Home News (Photo: Pixabay) Over the coming weeks (or months – let’s see how it goes) Climate Home News will host reporting, personal reflections and commentary written by a group of young people who have inspired the world. It’s normal for us to host commentary from activists. But this is something different. Something we would never normally do. It’s an open offer to a group to use our site as a

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #22

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, May 26 through Sat, June 1, 2019 Editor’s Pick 12 books on how climate change is transforming businesses and the global economy For some businesses and entrepreneurs, climate change isn’t just a threat. It’s an opportunity. The significant transformations required to meet the challenges posed by climate change are, from another perspective, fabulous opportunities. Inventors, entrepreneurs, and business strategists recognized this fact many years ago. Their activities have since been chronicled and analyzed by reporters, researchers, and, in some cases, the entrepreneurs themselves. For this month’s bookshelf on climate change and business, Yale Climate Connections has assembled two different lists. This first

The Future for Australian Coal

Problems Australia is the worlds’ largest exporter of coal, selling thermal coal for electricity generation and coking coal for smelting world-wide. In 2017 its export of this commodity was valued at over $40 billion, most of it produced in Queensland and New South Wales. In addition, coal is mined for domestic use with about 42.3 million tonnes,valued at over $4 billion being consumed in 2017, primarily for generating electricity. Federal and State governments make important financial gains from this through collection

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #15

Story of the Week… Toon of the Week… Coming Soon on SkS… Climate Feedback Review… SkS Week in Review… Poster of the Week… Story of the Week… How a Few Small Fixes Could Stop Climate Change “We have to act fast, and achieve the biggest possible impact with the actions we take.” Small steps could make a big impact on climate change. Source: Pexels When thinking about new ways to tackle climate change, University of Oxford researcher Thom Wetzer first points out how a modest rise in temperature could push the Earth to

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #16

Story of the Week… Editorial of the Week… El Niño/La Niña Update… Toon of the Week… Quote of the Week… Graphic of the Week… SkS in the News… Coming Soon on SkS… Poster of the Week… SkS Week in Review… Story of the Week… Satellite confirms key NASA temperature data: The planet is warming — and fast New evidence suggests one of the most important climate

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #16

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Apr 14 through Sat, Apr 20, 2019 Editor’s Pick How We Roll: Study Shows We’re More Lone Wolves Than Team Players Results may explain why collective action on climate change and health policy is so difficult Credit: Steve Smith Getty Images What credo would you choose: “Share and share alike?” or “To each his

Editorial cartoonists lampoon, praise Green New Deal

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Michael Svoboda Like journalists, opinion writers, and TV newscasters and commentators, political cartoonists were quick to respond to the Green New Deal (GND) climate change initiative put out in early February by two liberal northeastern Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. But there were striking differences in

Asteroid to hit Earth in August 2046 – Emergency IPCC UN panel formed

Scientists have today revealed that thanks to new radar imaging system, a 20 km-wide asteroid is on a probable collision course with earth and they calculate it has an 85% probability of striking the planet between 23-25 August, 2046. Observers from centers in Chile to Finland have confirmed the observations and are urging governments worldwide to begin efforts to avoid a global catastrophe. The plan is to mobilize industry and research together

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #14

Story of the Week… Editorial of the Week… Toon of the Week… John Cook in the News… SkS Spotlights… Coming Soon on SkS… SkS Week in Review… Poster of the Week… Story of the Week… How global warming is permanently reshaping the Great Barrier Reef Bleached corals turn a ghostly white color underwater. If they can’t recover quickly enough, the bleached corals die and algae coats the

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #14

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 31 through Sat, Apr 6, 2019 Editor’s Pick We’re gobbling up the Earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate Petroleum Field at Moreni, Romania, 1920 Photo by Wikimedia Commons George Monbiot, a correspondent for Britain’s The Guardian newspaper and known for his environmental and political activism, has made a surprising call for people in the United Kingdom to cut the use of cars by 90 per cent over

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #13

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Mar 24 through Sat, Mar 30, 2019 Editor’s Pick Earth Hour 2019: switch off your lights, and become an innovator On March 30, millions of people switch off their lights for Earth Hour Let’s take 30 seconds to think about innovators. What do they look like? Where do they work? What do they do? You might imagine labs, research centres, NASA, spacesuits and white coats. Some years ago, I

3 clean energy myths that can lead to a productive climate conversation

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Energy use is the biggest cause of climate change, and it’s the first place to enact meaningful strategies to lower greenhouse emissions. It’s also a smart angle for talking about climate change, because it’s easy to find agreement on issues like improving energy efficiency, reducing pollution, cleaning up our energy supply, and reducing reliance on unstable

Wallace Broecker: Scientists memorialize a titan of climate science

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Bud Ward Wally Broecker, photographed around 2010 (Credit: Bruce Gilbert, via Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) The climate science community has lost one of the real titans of its field. Geochemist Wallace Broecker – known as “Wally” – passed away February 18 in New York at age 87 of congestive heart failure. A pioneer in identifying Earth’s warming as a result of human emissions of carbon dioxide, Broecker is widely credited with introducing in the 1970s the term “global warming.” A 1996

New rebuttal to the myth ‘Holistic Management can reverse Climate Change’

This is the new Basic rebuttal to the myth ‘Holistic Management can reverse Climate Change’. There’s also an Advanced rebuttal. The Myth: Holistic Management can reverse Climate Change “Holistic management as a planned grazing strategy is able to reverse desertification and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide into soil, reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to pre-industrial levels in a period of forty years.” (Allan Savory, 2014) The Rebuttal: Holistic Management is a form of grazing management that has become popularised in recent years by Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute. The management technique has been subject of international attention, mainly due to the

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #9

Story of the Week… Opinion 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… How the Weather Gets Weaponized in Climate Change Messaging Clearing snow in Buffalo, N.Y., in January. Credit:Lindsay Dedario/Reuters< In the summer, when heat waves scorch cities or heavy rains flood the coasts, some climate scientists and environmentalists will point out any plausible connections to global warming, hoping today’s weather will help people understand tomorrow’s danger from climate change. Then winter comes. And, like

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #9

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Feb 24 through Sat, Mar 2, 2019 Editor’s Pick Youth climate strikers: ‘We are going to change the fate of humanity’ Exclusive: Students issue an open letter ahead of global day of action on 15 March, when young people are expected to strike across 50 nations Read the climate strikers’ letter Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking at a protest in front of the city hall in Hambourg, Germany. Photograph: Axel Heimken/Getty The

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #1

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 31, 2018 through Sat, Jan 5, 2019 Editor’s Pick A Terrifying Sea-Level Prediction Now Looks Far Less Likely But experts warn that our overall picture of sea-level rise looks far scarier today than it did even five years ago. A

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #1

Story of the Week… Editorial of the Week… Toon of the Week… Coming Soon on SkS… Poster of the Week… SkS Week in Review… Story of the Week… Katharine Hayhoe: ‘A thermometer is not liberal or conservative’ Katharine Hayhoe: ‘Fear is a short-term spur to action, but to make changes over the long term, we must have hope.’ Photograph: Randal Ford

Discussing climate change on the net

Today, many discussions about climate change happen on the internet. People interested in the topic share information and have lively discussions about the latest studies and findings. But, you’ll also find many contributors voicing not just minor doubts about human-caused climate change but also those who outright deny it. In this blog post, I suggest some options which exist to deal with these dissenting voices. The suggestions are based on a presentation I prepared for the K3-conference in Salzburg in September 2017 and which I was invited to write about for the Promet journal published by the German Weatherservice (DWD). Consensus among scientists – lack of

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change

This is a re-post from the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy by Sarah Finnie Robinson When do 97% of people agree on anything, even ice cream? In scientific circles, consensus is a rare trophy, held to famously exacting standards. When a scientific consensus is finally reached — e.g., the Earth orbits the sun; water freezes at 32°F, 0°C; blood is red — a new fact joins the foundations of

But their Emails!

Here we go again. It’s always emails with these people. First there was “Climategate!” — the misquoting, selective quoting, and uninformed quoting of stolen emails from the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in Great Britain. Emails between CRU scientists and other climate scientists around the world promised to peel back the curtain and reveal the global warming scam. Alarmist scientists had used “tricks” to “hide the decline”! They “can’t account for the lack of warming” so they have to fake the temperature data! The whole thing is a hoax! Not so much. With out-of-context quoting you can make scientists say anything. And that was the case with Climategate — it suffered from an