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2012 SkS Weekly Digest #51

Posted on 24 December 2012 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

As he has done numerous times this year, Dana hits another denier softball out of the park with the posting of Matt Ridley Risk Management Failure Deja VuAs the body of sound scientific evidence about the realities of manmade climate change grows exponentially, the folk inhabiting Deniersville double-down and regurgitate a body of pseudoscience that has been thoroughly and repeatedly debunked.    

Toon of the Week

2012 Toon 51

Quote of the Week

"Take any one of these events in isolation, it might be possible to yell `fluke!' Take them collectively, it provides confirmation of precisely what climate scientists predicted would happen decades ago if we proceeded with business-as-usual fossil fuel burning, as we have," Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said in an email. "And this year especially is a cautionary tale. What we view today as unprecedented extreme weather will become the new normal in a matter of decades if we proceed with business-as-usual."

2012 Extreme Weather Sets Records, Fits Climate Change Forecasts by Seth Borenstein, AP/The Huffington Post, Dec 20, 2012

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

  • New research from last week 51/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
  • Powerpoint friendly version of SkS Christmas cartoon (John Cook)
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Ocean Acidification (Rob Painting)
  • Food Security: the first big hit from Climate Change will be to our pockets (John Mason)
  • Contrary to Contrarian Claims, IPCC Temperature Projections Have Been Extremely Accurate (Dana)
  • 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #12 (John Hartz)
  • Y-Axis of Evil (Rob Honeycutt)
  • The Dirt on Climate (jg)
  • Dutch translation of The Debunking Handbook (John Cook)
  • 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #13 (John Hartz)
  • Lukewarmerism, a.k.a. Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence (Dana)
  • 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)
  • Grace under Pressure (Doug Bostrom)
  • Observed Warming of the Ocean and Atmosphere is Incompatible with Natural Variation (Rob Painting)

SkS in the News

The SkS iPhone App was featured in an article by the San Jose Mercury News.

John Cook's Sun and climate moving in opposite directions, says leaked IPCC report was published at The Conversation.

The Climate Progress debunking of Matt Ridley's WSJ nonsense referenced the SkS climate sensitivity page.  A Media Matters debunking of the same article referenced several SkS ocean heat content resources.

Gunnar's Italian flag curry was re-posted by Citizen's Challenge.

Dana's IPCC Draft Report Leaked, Shows Global Warming is NOT Due to the Sun was referenced in a Mother Nature Network article on the subject, and also one by Media Matters.

A story about a climate denying Indiana regulator helping coal companies delay EPA climate rules on AlterNet, referenced several SkS myth rebuttals.

Daily Kos referenced the SkS page on the link between hurricanes and global warming.

Sks Spotlights

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. The institute investigates the chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. With this broad spectrum GEOMAR is unique in Germany. Additionally, the institute has successfully bridged the gap between basic and applied science in a number of research areas.

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  1. Hey Guys It's time we stopped obsessing about the climate deniers and just got on with documenting the changing climate. It's a shame to keep giving them oxygen as if they have something worthwhile to say. They remind me of someone standing on a beach during an earth quake denying that Tsunami's exist. They are irrelevant and becoming more so as the months roll on.
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  2. William, the problem is that a large part of the inaction that has manifested has originated with the activity of deniers. If fora such as Skeptical Science did not work strenuously to rebut the denial campaign, all that will be left for the rest of us to do will be to "document the changing climate"...
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