John Cook

John Cook

Creator of Skeptical Science, research fellow in climate communication at the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland.

Recent Articles

Welcome to the Pliocene

The whole story in a table.... The graphic below (click on it for a large version) is adapted from a table in the supporting information from a newly published paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Trajectories…

New research, July 30 – August 4, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change Temperature, precipitation, wind Optimal Ranking Regime Analysis of U.S. Summer Temperature and Degree-Days: 1895-2015 Detectable Impacts of the Past Half‐Degree Global Warming on Summertime Hot Extremes in…

Climate change science comeback strategies

This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Karin Kirk Credit: Image by Karin Kirk. Staircase wit. L’esprit de l’escalier. It’s the way the perfect response in an uncomfortable conversation comes cruelly late, occurring only after the crux moment has long since…

New research, July 2-29, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change mitigation Climate change communication Place, proximity, and perceived harm: extreme weather events and views about climate change Teaching climate change in middle schools and high schools: investigating…

97% of House Republicans foolishly reject carbon taxes

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted on an anti-carbon tax Resolution. The Resolution was introduced by Steve Scalise (R-LA) with essentially the same language as he introduced in 2013 and 2016. On those past versions, every Republican House member voted against carbon taxes. This time,…

Ocean Temperature – Part 2

Ocean Temperature – Part 2 We are coming back to the topic of sea-surface temperature measurements, which we have taken on in the article “Ocean Temperature – Part 1”. This time, we will discuss issues concerning satellite measurements. Pictet Mirrors…

Ocean Temperature – Part 1

How have we measured the temperature of the ocean’s upper layer in the last 150 years? How does understanding physical processes and observational errors help to standardise climate data and understand climate change? Why do we measure ocean temperature? Figure…

New research, June 25 – July 1, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. Climate change impacts Mankind Quantifying transnational climate impact exposure: New perspectives on the global distribution of climate risk The effects of increasing surface reflectivity on heat-related mortality in Greater…

Future projections of Antarctic ice shelf melting

This is a re-post from ClimateSight Climate change will increase ice shelf melt rates around Antarctica. That’s the not-very-surprising conclusion of my latest modelling study, done in collaboration with both Australian and German researchers, which was just published in Journal of Climate.…