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2012 SkS Weekly Digest #49

Posted on 10 December 2012 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

When Daniel Baily takes a break from moderating the comment threads of SkS articles and cranks out an article, the result is usually a gem. Such is the case with The Greenhouse Gas Effect All-Star Fan Club.  As one reader posted, "Definitely a keeper ;) Will use this one ;).

Rob Painting's Past 150,000 Years of Sea Level History Suggests High Rates of Future Sea Level Rise is also a "keeper" and has been reposted verbatim on Joseph Romm's Climate Progress website

Toon of the Week

2012 Toon 49

Source: Joe Heller, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Quote of the Week

“We can’t wait until the 2020s to start cutting emissions. We are going to have to do it this decade,” said Samantha Smith, who heads the Global Climate and Energy Initiative of the World Wildlife Fund, in a telephone interview from Doha.

Ignoring Planetary Peril, a Profound ‘Disconnect’ Between Science and Doha by Christopher Shuetze, International Herald Tribune, Dec 9, 2012.

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

  • New research from last week 49/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
  • Participate in Citizen Science with the new SkS BOINC team (Steve Brown)
  • 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #9 (John Hartz)
  • Lukewarmerism, a.k.a. Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence (Dana)
  • Italian flag curry (gws)
  • 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #10 (John Hartz)
  • 2012: Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Multiple Extremes and High Temperatures (John Hartz)
  • Food Security: the first big hit from Climate Change will be to our pockets (John Mason)
  • Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional Global Warming, Not yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions (John Hartz)
  • Putting an End to the Myth that Renewable Energy is too Expensive (Dana)
  • Drost, Karoly, and Braganza Find Human Fingerprints in Global Warming (Dana)
  • Mexican Climate Legislation and Other Hopeful News (Dana)
  • The Dirt on Climate (jg)
  • Grace under Pressure (Doug Bostrom)
  • Arctic continues to break records in 2012: Becoming warmer, greener region with record losses of summer sea ice and late spring snow (John Hartz)
  • Solar Cycle Model fails to predict the recent warming (Hans Petter Jacobsen)

SkS in the News

Dana's he Latest Pre-Bunked Denialist Letter in Lieu of Real Science was highlighted at Slate's Bad Astronomy blog and re-posted at Scott Supak's Shared Items.

Rob Painting's Past 150,000 Years of Sea Level History Suggests High Rates of Future Sea Level Rise was re-posted on Climate Progress.

John Cook's denial psychology research presented at the AGU conference was featured by Live Science.

The SkS 'settled science' rebuttal was referenced by Brian Powell at Media Matters, and in a re-post on Climate Progress.

SkS Spotlights: Germanwatch

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