EGU2020 – Sharing Geoscience Online – Citizens Science Session

Due to the Corona pandemic and subsequent efforts to slow its spread, this year’s General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) with around 16,000 participants obviously couldn’t take place in Vienna, Austria. As already explained in the initial blog post published a few weeks ago, the organizers decided to still have the conference but to move it almost comletely online – not a simple task to do within just a few weeks and with around 700 sessions and 18,000 submitted abstracts in the program! On

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #18, 2020

55 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects How aerosols and greenhouse gases influence the diurnal temperature range (open access) Why is the Mediterranean a Climate Change Hotspot? Parsing complex terrain controls on mountain glacier response to climate forcing Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects Secular change in atmospheric Ar/N2 and its implications for ocean heat uptake and Brewer-Dobson circulation (open access) A multi-century, tree-ring-derived perspective of the North Cascades (USA) 2014–2016 snow drought Hazards in the Himalayas (open access) Continuity of the Mass Loss of the World’s Glaciers and Ice Caps

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #13, 2020

46 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects Global response of evapotranspiration ratio to climate conditions and watershed characteristics in a changing environment Greenhouse effect: the relative contributions of emission height and total absorption Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects Climate change induced a new intermittent regime of

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #14, 2020

52 Articles Physical science of global warming & effects Sensitivity of ice flow to uncertainty in flow law parameters in an idealized one-dimensional geometry (open access) Observations & observational methods of global warming & effects Will heat stress take its toll on milk production in China? Uncoupled El Niño Warming Melting of perennial sea ice in Beaufort Sea enhanced its impacts on Early-winter haze pollutions in North China after mid-1990s (open access) Correction for systematic errors in the global data set of temperature profiles from mechanical bathythermographs Mechanisms of enhanced ocean surface warming in the Kuroshio region for 1951&ndash

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #7, 2020

“You’re going to need a longer runway” Gratton et al explore the ongoing effects of upward-creeping temperatures on aviation in Greece in the period since 1955 at a range of airports in that country. For longer runways impacts are measurable but with little impact on operations. For airports with shorter runways, there’s quite

2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #9

Story of the Week… Toon of the Week… Coming Soon on SkS… Climate Feedback Claim Review… SkS Week in Review… Poster of the Week… Story of the Week… Australia on the frontline: ask an expert about climate change and its effects Your chance to put questions to climate scientists and academics as well as experts on controlling bushfires As Australia

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #48

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Nov 24 through Sat, Nov 30, 2019 Editor’s Pick 10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change From pricing carbon to shifting diets, here’s what we need to prioritize now. Erlangen, Bavaria / Germany – May 24, 2019: Fridays for future, Global Climate Strike on the European elections – Shutterstock Image The United Nations reported

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #49

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Dec 1 through Sat, Dec 7, 2019 Editor’s Pick Should Climate Scientists Be Climate Activists? One Tells Us ‘We Can’t Wait Any Longer’ For Action Twila Moon, at left, and Maria Caffrey at the CPR News

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #48, 2019

Reminder! The crowdfunding campaign to complete development of the Cranky Uncle game for improving our climate cognition is running right now. It takes only a few minutes and a few dollars to make a difference, by contributing right now while you’re thinking about it. Thank you! “Not just your opinion, man*” From time to time scientists or groups of scientists pull their heads out of instrumentation, calculation, the general obsessive fascination of focused scientific inquiry and think about what their work means to the wider world. What can come out of this is

Legal Education for Scientists Events at the AGU Fall Meeting

This is a repost of the December 3rd entry in the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund blog, by CSLDF Executive Director Lauren Kurtz. The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) and American Geophysical Union (AGU) want to help scientists understand their legal rights and responsibilities—we believe this knowledge is an essential part of every researcher’s professional development. So we’ve partnered on the “Legal Education for Scientists Program” for eight years, and are offering a range of events at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in December. Among this year’s events are two workshops featuring experts from CSLDF, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Whether

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #37

Story of the Week… Editorial 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… ‘Going to the streets again’: what you need to know about Friday’s climate strike Organisers expect a stronger presence from unions, workers and companies as student activists reach out to adults Australian school students are set to walk out of classrooms again to call for climate action as part of a global strike three days before a UN summit. Photograph: Dan Peled/AAP Thousands of Australian school

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #38

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 Climate in 2015-2019: Climate change accelerates Record greenhouse gas concentrations mean further warming The tell-tale signs and impacts of climate change – such as sea level rise, ice loss and extreme weather – increased during 2015-2019, which is set to be the warmest five-year period

Skeptical Science New Research for Week #38, 2019

36 articles with 8 as open access Natural variability With search variables held constant, our collection of articles this week is relatively small compared to others. It’s likely not a secular trend. Could it be the time of year? Given how journal editors must hound reviewers for comments on papers, the chronological smearing effect of procrastination means seasonality is an unlikely candidate for paltry search results. Publication schedules are as much aspirational as they are material and

A brief guide to the impacts of climate change on food production

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons with input from from Dana Nuccitelli on the latest IPCC report Food may be a universal language – but in these record-breaking hot days, so too is climate change. With July clocking in as the hottest month on Earth in recorded history and extreme weather ramping up globally, farmers are facing the brunt of climate change in croplands and pastures around the world. Here in the U.S., for instance, climate impacts like more downpours make it harder to avert flooding and erosion on farms across

Welcome to the Global Climate Strike: The Largest-Ever Mobilization to Fight Climate Change

Here we are! We’ve arrived at the first-ever Global Climate Strike, the first of two massive mobilizations (the second next week, on Sept. 27) where over 150 corporations, 6,000 websites and hundreds of thousands of citizens around the world have been inspired (and, possibly, embarrassed) into action by perhaps history’s most influential 16-year-old, climate

Climate Week NYC: 3M, HP Among Brands Using Their Might, Science to Protect Precious Resources

3M, Clean Air Asia partner to improve air quality in two at-risk Asian cities New Delhi, India | Image credit: alvpics/Pixabay Coinciding with its participation in Climate Week and the UN General Assembly, 3M has partnered with international NGO Clean Air Asia on science-based air quality solutions for New Delhi, India and Metro Manila, Philippines; ultimately advancing the organization’s mission to create healthier, more livable cities in Asia.  To move toward this goal, 3M will spend the next five years assisting Clean Air Asia in its efforts to assess baseline air quality conditions, design capacity-building programs for air quality management, implement awareness and education campaigns, develop

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #29

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’

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #30

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 Ecological Footprint. It is Earth Overshoot Day. Its

Ekoa: The Wonder Material That Could Help Save the Rainforests

Deforestation contributes to about 18 percent of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is accelerating, despite at least a decade of efforts to turn things around. Merely slowing our rate of deforestation won’t cut it if humanity is going to make a dent in climate change — major disruptions are needed. That’s what San

Fighting Fire with Fire: Zippo Pledges to Help Fight Effects of Global Deforestation

Zippo — maker of the ubiquitous, flip-top lighter — is intimately aware of fire’s usefulness, as a force of nature to be summoned at will. But this power, when wielded carelessly or allowed to run rampant, can have devastating effects. Nowhere is this more evident than in fire’s impact on forests, here in the US and across the globe. Wildfires destroy 4 percent of the Earth’s surface each year, with 84 percent a result of human activity. Image credit: Zippo Zippo is working with Woodchuck USA — maker of custom wood products and gifts

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