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2012 SkS Weekly Digest #35

Posted on 3 September 2012 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

As befitting an article about a milestone event in the Earth's rapidly changing climate system, Neven's  Why Arctic sea ice shouldn't leave anyone cold generated the most comments of the articles posted this past week.  Coming in a close second is Dana's Matt Ridley - Wired for Lukewarm Catastrophe. Dana's Realistically What Might the Future Climate Look Like? rounded out the top three.

Toon of the Week

2012 Toon 35

Broken Planet by Khalil Bendib created for Other Words 

Quote of the Week

"We must acknowledge that the debate over climate change, like almost all environmental issues, is a debate over culture, worldviews, and ideology." - Andrew J. Hoffman

Source: Climate Science as Culture War by Andrew J. Hoffman, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2012 [H/T to Daniel Graig's blog, Climate of Change]

Feedback Corner

Excluding SkS, Wikepedia, and the IPCC, what websites do you frequent in order to learn more about the science of climate change?

Anouncement of the Week

The American Meteorological Society released an updated Statement on Climate Change (also available here in pdf form), replacing the 2007 version that was in effect.  The statement provides a brief overview of how and why global climate has changed in recent decades and will continue to change in the future. It is based on the peer-reviewed scientific literature and is consistent with the majority of current scientific understanding as expressed in assessments and reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program.


Blog Post of the Week

The Week in Review

Coming Soon 

  • New research from last week 35/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
  • Obama, Romney, and Various National Climate Policies Around the Globe (Dana)
  • Online map shows over 100 years of local US weather (simonf)
  • Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt to Levels Unseen in Millennia (Dana)
  • Climate Change and the Weightier Matters: a Christian view on global warming (John Cook)
  • Going Up the Down Escalator (Dana)
  • Skeptic Magazine vs. Heartland and Monckton Cherry-picked Denialism (AlexC and Dana)
  • Doffing the cryosphere cap: a new source of Arctic methane? (Andy S)

SkS in the News

Daniel Bailey's Arctic Sea Ice Extent: We're gonna need a bigger graph was re-posted on Climate Progress, as was Dana's Realistically What Might the Future Climate Look Like?.

SkS Spotlights

AKSYON KLIMA PILIPINAS, or simply Aksyon Klima, is a dynamic and fast-evolving network of civil society organizations (CSO’s) in the Philippines that banded together to grapple more effectively with the serious threats posed by the global climate crisis on our highly vulnerable country and people. Although member organizations carry diverse perspectives and separate agendas for social, political, economic or environmental development, they share a common recognition that climate change is an urgent cross-cutting issue and work collectively to address climate concerns at various levels and in various arenas. 

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  1. Hello Moderators, The link for "Kashmir's melting glaciers" points to the same ThinkProgress link as the article on Russia's Wildfire and dried-out peat bogs
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    Moderator Response: [JH] Link fixed. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
  2. This being the day for non-mainstream comments, I would like to suggest a new page for this site (and sorry for any extra workload!). How about having a section entitled ‘Business as Usual’? While fairly obvious, I suppose I had better spell it out for any WUWT types who tune in for the cartoons etc on this day. It seems to me that while we pay a lot of attention to the air temperature rise, what we really need is for business as usual to cease to be business as usual. To that end, if we let people know what will happen if we do nothing, then they might be persuaded to seek a change in attitude to climate change. Let's face it; talk of a six degree (C) rise can seem quite attractive, until one sees exactly what this might mean in business as usual terms showing food and energy prices and or availability, sea level rise and indeed survivability etc. An intelligent sceptic whom I debated climate change with recently said how nice a six degree rise would be, especially with mediteranean conditions in Northern Europe! (No mention of the death toll from the European heat wave in 2003!) I leave it to the blogosphere, assuming it agrees with the notion, to decide what parameters need to be included, but would recommend that air temp, sea temp, ocean acidification, food volumes/tonnages and sea level rise be included, obviously together with any known upper and lower bounds for each parameter. A picture paints a thousand words, so would recommend that the information be shown in the form of graphs/charts etc. where error bars would be most impressive. Business as usual will change as the world wakes up and acts to combat climate change. That will reflect in the graphs and charts and thus show the benefits of any changes that might be made from time to time, especially when it comes to error bars.
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  3. Further to funglestrumpet, pictures of "adaptation" would also be useful. Centuries-old homes that have never previously been flooded now underwater, crops dying, that sort of thing. They're all in the "adaptation" bucket, comfy though that word may sound. Adaptation is driven by stress, strain and things being destroyed. Of course there's the usual attribution problem.
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  4. A comedic excerpt about climate change from a physics lecture at UQ.
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