August 09, 2014

11:50 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #32B
Air traffic growth set to outpace carbon reduction efforts Conservative media is now just making things up about climate scientists Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050 to limit warming-UN draft EPA chief: Teach global warming in schools Europe's forests 'particularly vulnerable' to rapid climate change Heading into the late innings on climate change Naomi Klein: 'Our Economic Model Is at War with Life on Earth' Odds of El Niño drop; still expected to form Reality check: Most scientists […]

August 07, 2014

5:00 AM | Facts can convince conservatives about global warming – sometimes
While there’s a 97% consensus among climate science experts and their research that humans are causing climate change, only about 67% of Americans believe global warming is even happening, including 25% of Tea Party members and 61% of other Republicans. Only about half of Americans realize that humans are causing global warming. Social scientists have been investigating this disconnect between the evidence and expert consensus, and public opinion. Is it caused by information deficit and […]

August 06, 2014

11:13 PM | Wait before you stamp out your next cigarette! Scientists use cigarette filters in advanced energy storage materials
Who knew smoking was good for the environment! Well, maybe that’s not the right way to put this…rather, if people must smoke (which they undoubtedly will for the foreseeable future), can’t we find something useful to do with all the … Continue reading →

Lee, M., Kim, G., Don Song, H., Park, S. & Yi, J. (2014). Preparation of energy storage material derived from a used cigarette filter for a supercapacitor electrode, Nanotechnology, 25 (34) 345601. DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/25/34/345601

4:42 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #32A
40 million people depend on the Colorado River. Now it's drying up. Climate change talks: Equity Reference Framework fails Climate scientists dub this year’s El Niño “a real enigma” Farming practices and climate change at root of Toledo water pollution First summit on women and climate decries lack of grassroots funding For most of us, global warming has become 'normal' climate India: US wants to link power pacts with climate change agreement Mysterious craters are […]
5:59 AM | Scientists lambast The Australian for misleading article on deep ocean cooling
This is a re-post from Roz Pidcock at Carbon Brief An article in Friday's The Australian suggested brand new research by two eminent oceanographers casts doubt on scientific understanding of global warming. But the authors of the research have taken the newspaper to task for its coverage of their work. The research by Carl Wunsch from Harvard University and Patrick Heimbach from MIT found temperatures seem to be falling in parts of the very deep ocean, known as 'the abyss'. In a piece […]
4:31 AM | Biological clocks: Where arctic ground squirrels meet ‘social jet lag’
Arctic ground squirrels may seem like little more than a brief thrill for your dog on a hike up Flat Top, but scientists are convinced they’re worth a serious second look. Ongoing research at UAA, funded jointly with UAF through a National Science Foundation grant, has documented their amazing biological clocks—unique among vertebrates—and prompted questions about how human health might benefit if we better understood their almost obsessive-compulsive adherence to their daily […]
12:00 AM | Good News are Good News
By Thomas We all know the saying “Bad News are Good News”, usually used by/for the media, referring to the phenomenon that “Bad News” normally get much more attention than “Good News”. Over the course of the last few weeks … Continue reading →

August 05, 2014

1:58 PM | Unforced variations: Aug 2014
This month’s open thread. Keeping track of the Arctic sea ice minimum is interesting but there should be plenty of other climate science topics to discuss (if people can get past the hype about the Ebola outbreak or imaginary claims about anomalous thrusting). As with last month, pleas no discussion of mitigation strategies – it […]

August 04, 2014

12:00 PM | How many links does it take?
How many links does it take to go from one part of science to another?  To be a little more concrete, how many steps do you have to take to get from a paper on exercise physiology to a paper on black holes?This was the question my son and I discussed some Sunday night.  It arose because I'd suggested PubMed as a good place for him to get information about exercise (what's good, or not, for you).  PubMet is a great resource.  At least the abstract of every paper (within some […]
4:59 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #31
SkS Highlights State Department cuts through the acid political environment on oceans and climate, by Sarah highlighted the Our Ocean conference hosted by the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, in June. The conference enlisted international policy makers, scientists, and the private sector to take action to ensure a healthy ocean for the future. Sarah's article drew the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. El Niño Watch "As predicted earlier […]

August 03, 2014

3:33 PM | Ignoring the dangers: fracking development outpacing knowledge of biotic impacts
I’m not uniformly against fracking as many other environmental scientists may be.  Although my initial impressions of fracking were extremely negative, I’ve come to see the need for transitional energy sources as we move away from fossil fuels toward a … Continue reading →

Souther, S., Tingley, M., Popescu, V., Hayman, D., Ryan, M., Graves, T., Hartl, B. & Terrell, K. (2014). Biotic impacts of energy development from shale: research priorities and knowledge gaps, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12 (6) 330-338. DOI: 10.1890/130324


August 02, 2014

8:19 AM | With climate change, uncertainty is no-one’s friend
Heard people say climate science is uncertain? Research by psychologist Stephan Lewandowsky from the University of Bristol and his colleagues finds this would be more, not less, reason to fight global warming.
6:20 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #31B
Air pollution and climate change could mean more people going hungry Arctic sea ice minimum will be among 10 lowest Climate change and disasters — where would you go? “Climate change is killing our Mother Earth” How Antarctica shows we're at the point of no return IMF: Raise fossil-fuel taxes to fight climate change Intensifying ocean acidity hitting Pacific shellfish industry Leading climate economist accused of “distorting” research Record-setting drought […]
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