2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

Posted on 12 January 2019 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jan 6 through Sat, Jan 12, 2019

Editor’s Pick

World’s Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise

‘Global warming is here, it has major consequences, and it’s going to be very, very difficult to get this under control,’ an author of a new report says.

Coral Bleaching Key Largo Florida

Ocean warming fuels hurricanes and sea level rise and also affects sea life, sending fish populations migrating to cooler water and causing coral bleaching. Credit: Kelsey Roberts/USGS

A new study published Thursday strengthens the consensus that the warming of the world’s oceans is accelerating.

It’s a trend that climate models have long predicted, but it had been difficult to confirm until recently.

The findings are vindication of the scientific community’s work so far and lend greater weight to the projections for warming through the end of this century, said Gavin Schmidt, a leading climate scientist at Columbia University who was not involved in the study.

The new paper, published in the journal Science, reviews four studies conducted over the past decade and was partly a response to a controversy over one of them, an article published in the journal Nature on Nov. 1. The authors of the November article were forced to issue a correction after discovering they had made errors in their assumptions and that the uncertainty in their findings was much greater than they had thought.

World’s Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News, Jan 10, 2019


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Sun Jan 6, 2019

  • Elizabeth May tells the truth on climate change, Opinion by Laurie Goldstein, Toronto Sun, Jan 2, 2019
  • New research, December 24-31, 2018 by Ari Jokimäki, Skeptical Science, Jan 4, 2019
  • A Surge of Climate Lawsuits Targets Human Rights, Damage from Fossil Fuels by Nicholas Kuznet, InsideClimate News, Jan 4, 2019
  • Katharine Hayhoe: ‘A thermometer is not liberal or conservative’, Interview by Jonathan Watts, Science, The Observer/Guardian, Jan 6, 2019
  • After the fire: Blazes pose hidden threat to the West’s drinking water by Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, Jan 5, 2019

Mon Jan 7, 2019

  • To halt deforestation, researchers say we must listen to the forests by Michael Taylor, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 4, 2019
  • How China’s Big Overseas Initiative Threatens Global Climate Progress, Analysis by Isabel Hilton, Yale Environment 360, Jan 3, 2019
  • Greenland Has Yet Another Methane Leak by Chelsea Harvey, E&E News/Scientific American, Jan 3, 2019
  • A new climate deal has entered into force. It could change the course of our warming planet, Opinion by Joyce Mysua, National Observer (Canada), Jan 3, 2019
  • “Innovation”: the latest GOP smokescreen on climate change policy by David Roberts, Energy & Environment, Vox, Jan 4, 2019
  • 2018 was 4th warmest year on record, EU climate change report finds, by Alister Doyle,Reuters/CBC News, Jan 7, 2019
  • Supreme Court Refuses Exxon Appeal, Allows Mass. Climate Probe to Proceed by Karen Savage, Climate Liability News, Jan 7, 2019

Tue Jan 8, 2019

  • A jellyfish ‘epidemic’ has Australian scientists wondering whether climate change is to be blamed by Rick Noack, World, Washington Post, Jan 7, 2019
  • The best place in America to ramp up renewable energy could be Texas by Umair Irfan, Energy & Environment, Vox, Jan 7, 2019
  • The EPA Hired GOP Oppo Firm Because it Was Sick of “Fake News” by Russ Choma & Rebecca Leber, Politics, Mother Jones, Jan 7, 2019
  • Global warming of oceans equivalent to an atomic bomb per second by Damian Carrington, Environment, Guardian, Jan 7, 2019
  • After three years of decline, carbon emissions rose sharply in the US in 2018 by Kevin Flower, CNN, Jan 8, 2018

  • When the ice melts: the catastrophe of vanishing glaciers by Dahr Jamail, The Long Read, Guardian, Jan 8, 2019
  • Policy incentives needed to boost clean tech efforts, Commentary by Dana Nuccitelli, Yale Climate Connections, Jan 8, 2019

Wed Jan 9, 2019

  • Climate change and climate denial: Two realities we need to confront, Opinion by Klaus Dingwerth, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Jan 7, 2019
  • Global Warming: Severe Consequences for Africa, Opinion by Dan Shepard, Inter Press Service (IPS), Jan 4, 2019
  • The government isn’t letting the shutdown get in the way of Arctic drilling by Umair Irfan, Energy & Environment, Vox, Jan 8, 2019
  • Records ‘blown away’ as rising power bill fears trigger solar PV surge by Peter Hannam, Business, Sydney Morning Herald, Jan 9, 2019
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist groups map out next steps in Green New Deal fight by Gregory Krieg, CNN, Jan 8, 2019
  • Massive Wildfire Costs Could Sink California’s Largest Utility by Dana Drugmand, Climate Liability News, Jan 9, 2019
  • U.S. climate hawk-in-chief? Washington governor eyes presidential run by Gregory Scruggs, Thomson Reuter Foundation, Jan 8, 2019
  • Federal Shutdown Fears: Loss of Scientific Data, Research Delays by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News, Jan 9, 2019

Thu Jan 10, 2019

  • In Climate Change Fight, Brazil Owes Nothing, Minister Says by Simone Preissler Iglesias, Mario Sergio Lima & Bruce Douglas, Bloomberg News, Jan 8, 2019
  • Swedes top climate change resisters’ league by Kieran Cooke, Climate News Network, Jan 8, 2019
  • Dozens of Texas scientists send letter to Gov. Greg Abbott offering to brief him on climate change by Jesus Jimenez, Climate Change, Dallas News, Jan 9, 2019
  • How your brain stops you from taking climate change seriously by Nsikan Akpan, PBS News Hour, Jan 4, 2019
  • U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spiked in 2018 — and it couldn’t happen at a worse time by Chris Mooney & Brady Dennis, Health & Science, Washington Post, Jan 8, 2019
  • Warming oceans likely to raise sea levels 30cm by end of century – study by Fiona Harvey, Environment, Guardian, Jan 10, 2019
  • New year lows once again, Arctic Sea Ice & News Analysis, National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Jan 7, 2019
  • Observations and models agree that the oceans are warming faster, Guest Post by Lijing Cheng, John Abraham, Zeke Hausfather & Kevin Trenberth, Carbon Brief, Jan 10, 2019

Fri Jan 11, 2019

  • Another humiliation for British climate change deniers and their promoters in the media by Bob Ward, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Jan 9, 2019
  • Sen. Marco Rubio warns Trump a border emergency could embolden a future Dem president on climate change by Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNBC, Jan 9, 2019
  • How the fossil fuel industry got the media to think climate change was debatable by Amy Westervelt, Post Everything, Washington Post, Jan 10, 2019
  • ‘As World Teeters on Brink of Climate Catastrophe,’ 600+ Groups Demand Congress Back Visionary Green New Deal by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams, Jan 10, 2019
  • Ocean Warming Is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds by Kendra Pierre-Louis, Climate, New York Times, Jan 10, 2019
  • Along the East Coast, rainy days, high tides and sea rise make floods a part of life by Nigel Chiwaya, NBC News, Jan 10, 2019
  • A $3 billion problem: Miami-Dade’s septic tanks are already failing due to sea rise by Alex Harris, Miami Herald, Jan 10, 2019
  • Florida’s new Republican governor softly nudges the state forward on climate change by David Smiley, Miami Herald, Jan 10, 2019

Sat Jan 12, 2019

  • Greenland’s residents grapple with global warming by Maria Caspani, Reuters, Jan 10, 2019
  • Drought-hit Australia has third-warmest year on record in 2018 by Sonali Paul, Reuters, Jan 10, 2019
  • Trump Administration Sits on Billions in Storm Protection Money by Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg News, Jan 3, 2019
  • New Analysis Shows Push for Green New Deal Hindered by Silence of Corporate Media by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, Jan 11, 2019
  • World’s Oceans Are Warming Faster, Studies Show, Fueling Storms and Sea Rise by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News, Jan 10, 2019

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