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2012 SkS Weekly Digest #13

Posted on 2 April 2012 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Measured by number of comments posted, Kevin C's HadCRUT3: Cool or Uncool? and greenman3610's  Scientist Sets Record Straight on Medieval Warming Research were the most popular and/or controversial articles d this past week,  Ari Jokimäki's New research from last week 12/2012 also garnered a goodly number of comments. Ari's creative introdcutions to this weekly feature is worth the price of admission. 

Toon of the Week


Source: Code Green, a weekly editorial cartoon focused on the environmental emergency, by Stphanie McMillan.

Issue of the Week

Do you subscribe to the daily email notice of newly posted articles on SkS? Would you subscribe to a weekly email notice of newly posted articles if the option to do so was provided? Which option do you prefer?

The Week in Review

A complete listing of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.

Coming Soon

A list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most of these articles, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week. 

  • Yes Happer and Spencer, Global Warming Continues (Dana)
  • New research from last week 13/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
  • Why David Archibald is wrong about solar cycles driving sea levels Part 1 (Alex C)
  • Monckton Misleads California Lawmakers - Now It's Personal (Part 2) (Dana)
  • Welcome to Eocene Park (Andy S)
  • Sea-level rise 8500 BP to now: a stark example from the coast of Wales (John Mason)
  • Global Warming - A Health Warning (Agnostic)
  • Advancing Climate Science, One Skeptic Talking Point at a Time (rustneversleeps)
  • Methane - Part 1 (Agnostic)
  • Gobal Surface Warming Since 1995 (Dana)

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  1. In the "Issue of the Week" paragraph above, the question is asked: "Do you subscribe to the daily email notice of newly posted articles on SkS? Would you subscribe to a weekly email notice of newly posted articles if the option to do so was provided? Which option do you prefer?" My question is how does the reader make his or her preference known?
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    Moderator Response: [JH] You should post your answers to the questions of this comment thread. Right now, the only option that exists, is to sign-up for the daily email alerts, We are hoping to implement the weekly only alert option in the near future. Unfortunately, the recent hack of this website has caused a delay in implementing planned changes to the website.
  2. I would opt for a weekly email notification, were it to be implemented
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  3. Issue of the week 1 Yes, I subscribe 2 I prefer the daily posts. I don't think I would find the time to read a week's worth in one session and no matter how sincere my intentions were to return for the remainder another day, I suspect that I would be like Robert Frost and they would be like his road not taken. (The week in review is a good check for any that I might have missed for some reason.)
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  4. 70-80's: email? Not so much. 90-2k's I'm perfectly happy with the RSS feed - although, clearly, as you publish full articles there; it reduces your site hit-rate. 10k's I also wouldn't mind a more complete mirror / notification of new articles on Facebook.
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  5. Thanks for the response @1. I'd prefer the weekly email update, if it's implemented. (I get the RSS feed, but some articles don't seem to make it.)
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  6. Not too long ago, I tried an experiment where I computed global-average temperature anomalies from raw data taken from just a few dozen rural GHCN stations. Got results that were surprisingly close to the NASA/GISS "meteorological stations" index. Well, I'd been thinking about how to add a bit of "visual punch" to those results that might help sway "skeptical" laypeople. A few days ago, I found the time to revisit that little project. This time, I added some code that generates simple .kml files. The .kml files contain station latitude/longitude info that can be viewed with GoogleEarth. Also updated the code to process GHCN V3 data (not that it makes much difference -- the V3 and V2 GHCN results are almost identical). I put up the results on my hometown newspaper's on-line message board, and included the corresponding station lat/long .kml files as attachments. My post there shows the results of two "sparse rural station" processing runs, plotted along with the NASA/GISS "meteorological stations" index. I also provide details about the processing (pretty simple, actually). You can view the results (and download the GoogleEarth .kml files) here. (Unlike a lot of discussion-boards, the UT San Diego board allows you to download post attachments without registering first.) The plotted results, along with GoogleEarth visualization of the station data, hopefully will provide folks here with some ammo to help convince skeptical co-workers/friends/family-members that denier attacks on the global temperature results published by NASA, etc. really are completely without merit. The "sparse stations" results really do "kill two birds with one stone": they provide solid refutations of both the UHI and "dropped stations" claims pushed by Watts and Co. The fact that data from few dozen rural stations will produce results similar to the results published by NASA/GISS pretty much disproves the notion that UHI is responsible for the observed global warming. (Bird #1) In addition, the fact that you can still get results similar to NASA's when you drop 98 percent of the stations pretty much tells you all you need to know about Anthony Watts' fussing over a much smaller number of "dropped stations". (Bird #2). I should emphasize that all results were generated with *raw* (not homogenized) temperature data. The results and GoogleEarth visualizations also provide very powerful visual support for Dr. Jim Hansen's loudly-disputed claims about very long temperature anomaly correlation distances. I'm hoping that some folks here will find this material useful.
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  7. caerbannog @6, very interesting. One question though, did you compare with the Gistemp land ocean temperature index, or with the Air Temperature Anomalies Only (meteorological station data)?
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  8. #7 Just the "meteorological stations" (air temps) index. Too lazy to bother with the land/ocean temp data ;)
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  9. I avidly read ([pedantry]or should that grammatically be 'read avidly'?[/pedantry]) every post and use the 'Comments' link to keep up to date with unfolding conversations. Therefore:
    • Do you subscribe to the daily email notice of newly posted articles on SkS? No
    • Would you subscribe to a weekly email notice of newly posted articles if the option to do so was provided? No
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  10. I think this explains the problem to a tee. The REAL problem isn't that people are stupid, but that political agenda takes over. (-snip-), instead of just generating an alternative energy (which could have been done by now), proves my point as much as the right pretending that nothing is happening and looking for loopholes to ignore the science. I personally believe it will spell doom for our planet if we make carbon tax 1/5 or more of total government revenue. Then they will never have an incentive to find alternative energies.
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    Moderator Response: [DB] Please refrain from making ideological statements (snipped) per the Comments Policy.
  11. And if carbon tax was a pigovian tax, how would that doom the planet exactly? Perhaps you might like to add your thoughts to this thread. I am sure you would not regard killing subsidies on fossil fuels as socialism. How about a simple ban on new coal-fired generation and letting the market figure out the best alternative? Is that socialism?
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  12. evolutionarymicrobiologist @ 10 - I have responded on the thread that scaddenp recommends, though I suggest you respond to his comment rather than mine.
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