2012 SkS Weekly Digest #29
Posted on 23 July 2012 by John Hartz
In An American Heatwave: The United States Glimpses its Hot Future, Rob Painting explains why an increase in record-breaking warm extremes is simply a logical consequence of a warming climate, because it raises the odds of weather fluctuations breaking heat records. As one might expect, Rob's very topical article garnered the most comments of those posted during the past week.
Toon of the Week
Quote of the Week
Robert Gifford, a psychologist at the University of Victoria in British Columbia who studies the behavioral barriers to combating climate change, calls these habits of mind "dragons of inaction." We have trouble imagining a future drastically different from the present. We block out complex problems that lack simple solutions. We dislike delayed benefits and so are reluctant to sacrifice today for future gains. And we find it harder to confront problems that creep up on us than emergencies that hit quickly.
Source: We’re All Climate-Change Idiots by Beth Gardiner, New York Times, July 21, 2012
Issue of the Week
Should SkS broaden its horizon to include analyses of proposed geo-engineering solutions to climate change mitigation?
Scientific Term of the Week
Industrial revolution: A period of rapid industrial growth with far-reaching social and economic consequences, beginning in Britain during the second half of the eighteenth century and spreading to Europe and later to other countries including the United States. The invention of the steam engine was an important trigger of this development. The industrial revolution marks the beginning of a strong increase in the use of fossil fuels and emission of, in particular, fossil carbon dioxide. In this report the terms pre-industrial and industrial refer, somewhat arbitrarily, to the periods before and after 1750, respectively.
Source: Annex I (Glossary) to Climate Change 2007: Working Group I: The Physical Science Basis, IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.
The Week in Review
A complete listing of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.
- Joe Romm's Congressional Testimony by Dana
- Yes, Virginia, There is Sea Level Rise by greenman3610
- Esper Millennial Cooling in Context by Dana
- The Mid-Wales floods of June 2012: a taste of things to come? by John Mason
- Vision Prize Results by Dana
- An American Heatwave: The United States Glimpses its Hot Future by Rob Painting
- New research special - methane papers 2010-2011 by Ari Jokimäki
A list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most of these articles, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week.
- New research special - satellite measurement papers 2010-2011 (Ari Jokimäki)
- Climate Change Cluedo: Anthropogenic CO2 (Tom Curtis)
- Mercury - The Hidden Danger of Arctic Warming? (Steve Brown)
- Nature has invented the ideal method to sequester carbon: coal (Sarah)
- Tar Sands Oil - An Environmental Disaster (Dana)
- Skeptic Magazine vs. Heartland and Monckton Cherrypicked Denialism (AlexC and Dana)
SkS in the News
The International Pacific Research Center (IPRC) was conceived under the "U.S.-Japan Common Agenda for Cooperation in Global Perspective" and was established October 1997 in a cooperative agreement among the University of Hawai'i, the Japan Marine Science and Technology Center, and the National Space Development Agency of Japan. Located within the UH ManoaSchool of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the center currently operates under a cooperative agreement between the University of Hawai'i (UH) and Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).
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