2012 SkS Weekly Digest #11
Posted on 19 March 2012 by John Hartz
As to be expected, Dana's Prediction: New Surface Temperature Record in 2013 caused a number of raised eyebrows as well as commentary. The article garnering the most comments was, however, Dana's Roy Spencer's Bad Economics summarizing Spencer's incorrect views on a number of climate-related economic issues. Climate Deniers Are Giving Us Skeptics a Bad Name - Fred Singer by John Mason also generated a lot of discussion as it exposed some fissures within the climate denial machine.
Toon of the Week
Source: Joe Mohr's Cartoon Archive
Issue of the Week
If you were in charge of producing the Weekly Digest, what changes would you make to it?
The Week in Review
A complete listing of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.
- New Research Lowers Past Estimates of Sea-Level Rise by John Hartz
- Rachel Maddow Debunks Climategate Myths Using Skeptical Science by Dana
- The History of Climate Science - William Charles Wells by Doc Snow
- Climate Deniers Are Giving Us Skeptics a Bad Name - Fred Singer by John Mason
- Breaking News...The Earth is Warming... Still. A LOT by Glenn Tamblyn
- Roy Spencer\'s Bad Economics by Dana
- Declining Arctic sea-ice and record U.S. and European snowfalls: are they linked? by John Mason
- New research from last week 10/2012 by Ari Jokimäki
- Prediction: New Surface Temperature Record in 2013 by Dana
A list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most of these articles, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week.
- The Skeptical Science temperature trend calculator (Kevin C)
- New research from last week 11/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
- Fred Singer Debunks and then Denies (Dana)
- An Open Letter to the Future (climatesight)
- Global Warming - A Health Warning (Agnostic)
- Inhofe's Maddow Myths (Dana)
- Friis-Christensen et al. on Solar Cycle Length and Global Warming (Klaus Flemløse)
- Catching up with the Younger Dryas: do mass-extinctions always need impacts? (John Mason)
- Why David Archibald is wrong about solar cycles driving sea levels - Part 1 (Alex C)
- Advancing Climate Science, One Skeptic Talking Point at a Time(rustneversleeps)
- Methane - Part 1 (Agnostic)
- Global Surface Warming Since 1995(Dana)
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