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2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #05

Posted on 4 February 2024 by BaerbelW

A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, Jan 28, 2024 thru Sat, Feb 03, 2024.

Story of the week

When we started our rebuttals update project at Skeptical Science last year, we didn't really know, how it would pan out and for how long we could keep the refurbishing line in our little virtual factory going. Now, almost a year after we published the first batch of 10 updated rebuttals we hit highlighted rebuttal #50 this week, so our effort thus far has proven to be sustainable. In addition, we are happy to report that we have about 25 more rebuttals in various draft stages awaiting their turn to be highlighted. Our factory will therefore not be running out of material any time soon! 

Stories we thought important

Published before January 28

Published January 28

Published January 29

  • Why 2023 was an exceptional year for Antarctic sea ice   by Dr Ella Gilbert, Guest Posts, Carbon Brief, Jan 29, 2024
  • Spencer`s Shenanigans  A recent sensible-sounding piece by Roy Spencer for the Heritage foundation is full of misrepresentations. Let’s play spot the fallacy. by Gavin Schmidt, RealClimate, Jan 29, 2024
  • The Arctic sea ice shell game  Summer sea ice is where all the action is, and skeptics highlighting year-to-year variations in winter sea ice are just playing a shell game. by Zeke Hausfather, The Climate Brink, Jan 29, 2024
  • Global science and media organizations to sign pledge prioritizing science-based climate change communications  U.S. and international scientific associations will join with high-profile media outlets to sign a pledge of cooperation aimed at ensuring climate change-related communications are scientifically accurate, accessible, and actionable. by American Meteorological Society,, Jan 29, 2024
  • Electric vehicles use half the energy of gas-powered vehicles  EVs require much less energy to operate than gasoline-burning vehicles. In fact, with the nation’s current electricity blend, an EV requires only about half the energy needed for a gasoline-powered internal combustion engine. by Karin Kirk, Yale Climate Connections, Jan 29, 2024
  • Education and information can increase the acceptance of climate policies  An important question for policymakers worldwide is how to make climate and environmental policies acceptable among the populations. A new study published in Climate Policy sheds light on the preferences in five East African countries. The study shows, among other things, that education and information about how revenues from carbon taxes are used are important factors. by University of Gothenburg, ScienceDaily, Jan 29, 2024

Published January 30

Published January 31

Published February 01

Published February 02

  • El Niño and climate change are supercharging incoming storm, SoCal's biggest this winter  The powerful atmospheric river — worrisome enough on its own — is being supercharged by climate change and El Niño, which together are warming ocean waters, upping the odds of significant downpours and offering a preview of the state’s future in a warming world, experts say. by Hayley Smith, Grace Toohey, Climate , Feb 02, 2024
  • Oh, there’s a hole in my bucket  John Kennedy explains why buckets play an important role in sea-surface-temperature measurements. by John Kennedy, Diagram Monkey, Feb 2, 2024

If you happen upon high quality climate-science and/or climate-myth busting articles from reliable sources while surfing the web, please feel free to submit them via this Google form for possible inclusion on our social media channels. Thanks!

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