Meet the Expert Cataloging Every Climate Solution

This week, we have a special addendum to our deep decarbonization draft. We’re talking with Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, the vice president of communication and engagement at Project Drawdown. Katharine is one of the minds behind the Project Drawdown solutions list that we used as the basis for our draft. We chose the list because

The European Investment Bank Has Quit Fossil Fuels. Now What?

COPENHAGEN — With an annual outlay in the energy sector of €15 billion ($16.6 billion), the European Investment Bank is one of the sector’s biggest lenders. And for every euro the EIB puts into a project or business, around seven more are invested by the private sector. That’s around €120 billion ($133 billion) of public and private investment in the energy sector that stems from the EIB’s choices. According to the International Energy Agency, global renewables investment in 2018 amounted to $300 billion. So the EIB's confirmation last month that it would effectively end support for fossil fuels

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

More than 500 people misunderstand climate change

A consensus is usually established when one explanation is more convincing than alternative accounts, convincing the majority. This is also true in science. However, science-based knowledge is also our best description of our world because it is built on testing hypotheses that are independently reexamined by colleagues. It is also typical that there are a few stubborn people who think they know better than the rest. When it comes to climate science, there is a small group of people who refuse to acknowledge

Sensitive But Unclassified

The US federal government goes to quite a lot of effort to (mostly successfully) keep sensitive but unclassified (SBU) information (like personal data) out of the hands of people who would abuse it. But when it comes to the latest climate models, quite a few are SBU as well. The results from climate models that are being run for CMIP6 have been talked about for a few months as the papers describing them have made it in to the literature, and the first assessments of the multi-model ensemble have

Sacramento Wants to Electrify Its Homes, Low-Income Families Included

“No one has more to gain from electrification than low-income and moderate-income households.” With that, Scott Blunk set the agenda for a small team that had gathered at a Utah ski resort earlier this year to address a thorny challenge: How does a not-for-profit municipal utility that has committed to eliminate carbon from buildings ensure that its most disadvantaged customers aren’t left behind during the transition? Blunk, a strategic planner with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), had assembled a diverse group of stakeholders with expertise in energy policy, green building, energy efficiency retrofits and

Can Tesla’s Cybertruck Shape the Burgeoning Electric Truck Market?

Truck buyers are historically some of the most brand-loyal auto consumers But recent surveys suggest that loyalty is loosening. Into the picture steps Elon Musk, who dropped the Tesla Cybertruck last month. This space-age truck concept is truly putting the shift in consumer preferences to the test. It’s also tearing a lot of opinionated people apart. In this episode: what is the Cybertruck and where might it fit into the emerging electric truck market? And can it sway truck buyers who don't care about Tesla? Then, there’s a major tax

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

10 years on

I woke up on Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009 completely unaware of what was about to unfold. I tried to log in to RealClimate, but for some reason my login did not work. Neither did the admin login. I logged in to the back-end via ssh, only to be inexplicably logged out again. I did it again. No dice. I then called the hosting company and told them to take us offline until I could see what was going on. When I did get control back from the hacker (and hacker it was), there was a large uploaded file on our server, and a draft post ready to

How good have climate models been at truly predicting the future?

A new paper from Hausfather and colleagues (incl. me) has just been published with the most comprehensive assessment of climate model projections since the 1970s. Bottom line? Once you correct for small errors in the projected forcings, they did remarkably well. Climate models are a core part of our understanding of our future climate. They also have been frequently attacked by those dismissive of climate change, who argue that since climate models are inevitably approximations they have no predictive power, or indeed, that they aren’t even scientific. In an upcoming paper in Geophysical Research Letters, Zeke Hausfather, Henri Drake, Tristan Abbott and I took a look at how well climate models have actually been

7 Projects That Could Put the US Ahead in Floating Offshore Wind

The U.S. is late to the offshore wind party compared to Europe and China. And the injection of new regulatory uncertainty in the shape of permitting delays at Vineyard Wind's 800-megawatt project won't help firm up supply-chain investment. Many of the largest U.S. offshore wind projects are backed by

First Solar Inks 1.7GW Series 6 Module Deal With Intersect Power

First Solar has inked a deal to supply 1.7 gigawatts of its solar modules to Intersect Power, as solar manufacturers and U.S. developers race to push through projects in advance of the wind-down of federal Investment Tax Credit. Tuesday’s announcement, made during the first day of the Solar Power International conference, marks the biggest order yet for the Arizona-based solar manufacturer's Series 6 larger-format thin-film solar modules

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

AMS Makes Money for Wind Farms by Turning Them Off

Advanced Microgrid Solutions branched out of commercial storage development in 2017, promising big things in the energy software space. Last October, the company signaled an interest in Australia's fast-paced energy market. A period of radio silence ensued. The quiet period is over. In the intervening time, AMS signed five commercial contracts in Australia to algorithmically dispatch 2,000 megawatts of renewables and storage, founder

From Science Project to Money Maker: Energy Storage Hits Inflection Point

In 2014, the vast majority of storage projects Greensmith Energy was working on might have best been described as science projects, often dependent on grants or utility R&D budgets devoted to figuring out emerging technologies. But there was one 20-megawatt project in PJM territory that was unlike all of the

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

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

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 Antarctic ice sheet is melting and, yeah, it’s probably our fault.

Glaciers in West Antarctica have thinned and accelerated in the last few decades. A new paper provides some of the first evidence that this is due to human activities. by Eric Steig It’s been some time since I wrote anything for RealClimate. In the interim there’s been a lot of important new work in the area of my primary research interest – Antarctica. Much of it is aimed at addressing the central question in Antarctic glaciology: How much ice is going to be lost from the West Antarctic ice sheet, and how soon?

First Solar Ends Q2 With More Losses But ‘Wins on the Board’

Despite record module production and shipments in the second quarter of the year, First Solar reported another quarterly loss on Thursday. First Solar attributed its $18.5 million shortfall — a decrease from the $67.6 million in losses reported last quarter — to increases in operating costs, which offset a boost in module and systems revenue. Though CEO Mark Widmar said on a Thursday earnings call that First Solar “put a number of wins on the board” in Q