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Skeptical Science New Research for Week #35, 2019

Posted on 3 September 2019 by Doug Bostrom

62 articles, with 11 freely available

Nearer and dearer

Emerging research on "psychological proximity" and climate change appears to be identifying relationships of physical and temporal distance of human thinkers to climate change effects with more or less acceptance of the reality of global warming and  interest in addressing the problem. In a variation on that theme, this week's article by Dannenberg and Zitzelberger Climate experts’ views on geoengineering depend on their beliefs about climate change impacts appears to reveal an intriguing feature of expert thinking on geoengineering:

We find that respondents who expect severe global climate change damages and who have little confidence in current mitigation efforts are more opposed to geoengineering than respondents who are less pessimistic about global damages and mitigation efforts. However, we also find that respondents are more supportive of geoengineering when they expect severe climate change damages in their home country than when they have more optimistic expectations for the home country. Thus, when respondents are more personally affected, their views are closer to what rational cost–benefit analyses predict. 


Biological effects of global warming

Shortened temperature?relevant period of spring leaf?out in temperate?zone trees

Diverging phenological responses of Arctic seabirds to an earlier spring

How Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Have Contributed to Our Understanding of Global Change Biology

Nearshore coral growth declining on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System

Integrating patterns of thermal tolerance and phenotypic plasticity with population genetics to improve understanding of vulnerability to warming in a widespread copepod

The functional role of temperate forest understorey vegetation in a changing world

Climate change alters elevational phenology patterns of the European spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus)

Divergent shifts in peak photosynthesis timing of temperate and alpine grasslands in China

Global warming threatens conservation status of alpine EU habitat types in the European Eastern Alps (open access)

Insights from present distribution of an alpine mammal Royle’s pika ( Ochotona roylei ) to predict future climate change impacts in the Himalaya

Refugia under threat: Mass bleaching of coral assemblages in high?latitude eastern Australia

Nitrogen limitation inhibits marine diatom adaptation to high temperatures

A global ‘greening’ of coastal dunes: An integrated consequence of climate change?

Humans deal with our global warming

A carbon price by another name may seem sweeter: Consumers prefer upstream offsets to downstream taxes

Hungry cities: how local food self-sufficiency relates to climate change, diets, and urbanisation (open access)

Tracing country commitment to Indigenous peoples in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Priming critical thinking: Simple interventions limit the influence of fake news about climate change on Facebook

“Bring fishermen at the center”: the value of local knowledge for understanding fisheries resources and climate-related changes in Lake Tanganyika

Climate change impact and vulnerability assessment of Mumbai city, India

Derivation of a climate change adaptation index and assessing determinants and barriers to adaptation among farming households in Nepal

Flood insurance arrangements in the European Union for future flood risk under climate and socioeconomic change

Social cohesion and passive adaptation in relation to climate change and disease

More than meets the eye: a longitudinal analysis of climate change imagery in the print media (open access)

Could Bitcoin emissions push global warming above 2 °C?

Implausible projections overestimate near-term Bitcoin CO2 emissions

Climate change impacts on banana yields around the world

Climate experts’ views on geoengineering depend on their beliefs about climate change impacts

Climate and food goals

Potential influence of climate change on grain self?sufficiency at the country level considering adaptation measures (open access)

Towards calibrated language for effectively communicating the results of extreme event attribution studies (open access)

Intensification of thermal risk in Mediterranean climates: evidence from the comparison of rational and simple indices

Extreme events and climate adaptation?mitigation linkages: Understanding low?carbon transitions in the era of global urbanization

Climate change, natural hazards, and relocation: insights from Nabukadra and Navuniivi villages in Fiji

Enhancing the value of adaptation reporting as a driver for action: lessons from the UK (open access)

Policy implications for achieving the carbon emission reduction target by 2030 in Japan-Analysis based on a bilevel equilibrium model

Modelling of energy consumption and carbon emission from the building construction sector in China, a process-based LCA approach

Expansion of coccidioidomycosis endemic regions in the United States in response to climate change (open access)

Physical science of global warming

The Mid?Summer Drought over Mexico and Central America in the 21st Century

Greenhouse gas flux from stormwater ponds in southeastern Virginia (USA)

A canary in the Southern Ocean

Enhanced oceanic CO2 uptake along the rapidly changing West Antarctic Peninsula

Impacts of Ocean Warming, Sea Level Rise and Coastline Management on Storm Surge in a Semi?enclosed Bay

Impacts of climate change on volcanic stratospheric injections: comparison of 1D and 3D plume model projections

A comparative analysis of anthropogenic CO2 emissions at city level using OCO?2 observations: A global perspective (open access)

The Carbon Balance of the Southeastern U.S. Forest Sector as Driven by Recent Disturbance Trends

Constraining Climate Model Projections of Regional Precipitation Change

Analysis of the atmospheric water budget for elucidating the spatial scale of precipitation changes under climate change

Temperature-driven rise in extreme sub-hourly rainfall

POLSTRACC: Airborne experiment for studying the Polar Stratosphere in a Changing Climate with the high-altitude long-range research aircraft HALO (open access)

A significant bias of Tmax and Tmin average temperature and its trend

Causes for the Century-Long Decline in Colorado River Flow

The longest homogeneous series of grape harvest dates, Beaune 1354–2018, and its significance for the understanding of past and present climate (open access)

Ad hoc estimation of glacier contributions to sea-level rise from latest glaciological observations (open access)

Climate change study for the meteorological variables in the Barak River basin in North-East India

Snow and Climate: Feedbacks, Drivers, and Indices of Change

Stabilization of dense Antarctic water supply to the Atlantic Ocean overturning circulation

Modeling of global warming

A Systematic Approach to Assessing the Sources and Global Impacts of Errors in Climate Models

LongRunMIP – motivation and design for a large collection of millennial-length AO-GCM simulations (open access)


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  1. From top quoted article: "...rational cost–benefit analyses..."


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  2. Wili: yeah, I get it. :-)

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