2013 SkS Weekly Digest #33
Posted on 18 August 2013 by John Hartz
What makes ice sheets grow and shrink?, a repost of an article by Freya Roberts of Carbon Brief, garnered the most comments of the articles posted this past week. John Abraham's guest post, Global warming, Arctic ice loss, and armchair scientists generated the second highest number of comments.
Toon of the Week
H/T to I Heart Climate Scientists
Quote of the Week
“In terms of global warming and ocean acidification,” Professor Olsen* said, the rate of change during the end-Triassic extinction “was comparable to what we’re doing today.”
*Paul E. Olsen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Headstone for an Apocalypse, Op-ed by Peter Brannen, New York Times, Aug 16, 2013
SkS Week in Review
- 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #33B by John Hartz
- Andrew Dessler on Why It's Stupid not to Act on Climate Change by Andrew Dressler, Texas A&M University
- A vicious cycle: Could droughts and storms make climate change worse? by Roz Pidcock, Carbon Brief
- A grand solar minimum would barely make a dent in human-caused global warming by Dana
- 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #33A by John Hartz
- What makes ice sheets grow and shrink? by Freya Roberts, Carbon Brief
- Global warming, Arctic ice loss, and armchair scientists by John Abraham
SkS Rebuttal Articles Added
Dana's A grand solar minimum would barely make a dent in human-caused global warming has been adapted into new rebuttals (Basic and Intermediate) to the myth, "A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age"
Coming Soon on SkS
- 2012: One of the 10 Warmest Years on Record (NOAA news release)
- CO2 limits will benefit the economy (gpwayne)
- 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #34A (John Hartz)
- Coumou & Robinson on Extreme Heat: Choose Your Own Adventure (Dana)
- Why Atmospheric CO2 matters: The Really Big Picture (Chris Colose)
- 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #34B (John Hartz)
SkS in the News
Wotts Up With That Blog referenced the SkS resource on CO2 residence time.
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