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2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #32

Posted on 11 August 2018 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week.

Editor's Pick

Scientists mock Trump’s tweet on wildfires as ‘comedically ill-informed’ and ‘unmitigated crap’ 

Trump's climate denial is "a crime against the planet" warns climatologist.


Embers Smolder from Wildfires Near Clearlake Oaks, California, On August 5, 2018. Credit: Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images

Two years ago, an actual headline from CBS in Sacramento was, “Donald Trump Tells California ‘There Is No Drought’ As Drought Continues.

And now, on Sunday evening, Trump’s denial of reality in California continued, as he attempted to blame the ever-worsening wildfires in the state on everything but climate change.

“California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized,” the President tweeted. “It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!”

The tweet came just hours after the Trump administration declared the California wildfires a major disaster

Scientists mock Trump’s tweet on wildfires as ‘comedically ill-informed’ and ‘unmitigated crap’ by Joe Romm, Think Progress, Aug 6, 2018

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  1. And the circus continues, with more simplistic stupidity from Trump. Diverting water that isn't even needed, cutting down the forests, climate change is a chinese hoax. 

    I think we better get used to a hothouse earth, or worse.

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  2. Worse yet,Trump isn't the only resident of the USA to believe such nonsense. He is simply parroting the propaganda memes beamed into America's TVs by Fox News. Turn on a radio and you will hear the same repeated verbatim by talk show hosts. Most Americans live far away from the west coast. They have no native understanding of the situation in California so they are very susceptible.

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  3. Just about any state west of the Rockies has hills covered with brush somewhere.  It should be pretty obvious to anyone there who watches any kind of news that wildfires in that are not fought with firehoses connected to hydrants.  We always here about containment percentages as those fires go on for days, usually until there is a change in the weather.  Between Montana and Arizona, is pretty much Trump country.  He may have some trouble living this one down.

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  4. Anyone that was paying attention knew who Trump was.  The fault lies with Obama and Warren who supported Hillary in the primaries instead of Bernie.  All the poles said that Bernie would beat Trump by a comfortable margin.

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  5. The Guardian ran an article on how current high temperatures affect cities.  The article describes how 50C temperatures are unlivable so the streets are deserted during the day.  Kuwait could see 60C by 2100.  The damage would be unthinkable.

    Vote climate.

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  6. Hot nights  can also be a real killer. Nights are warming faster than days.

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  7. Yes, certainly in the UK, it is hot nights in a heatwave that cause the health problems, even if the daytime temperatures are modest compared to some parts of the world. The human body can withstand high temperatures during the day as long as it has a chance to cool down at night. Hot humid nights prevent this.

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