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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #12

Posted on 24 March 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Thanks to a couple of prolific commenters, Recursive Fury: Facts and misrepresentations by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky became the hot topic of the week. Dana's New Study, Same Result - Greenhouse Gases Dominate Global Warming was the second most popular article posted. David Rose Hides the Rise in Global Warming by Dana, John Russell & John Mason was the third.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 12

Quote of the Week

"We are on the wrong track in terms of global environmental management," Ishii* said yesterday at a discussion hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "We are dangerously close to the limits of safe planetary boundaries, and we are racing with time."

*Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Nations Change Too Slowly to Combat Climate Change by Julia Pyper, ClimateWire/Scientific American, Mar 21, 2013

The Week in Review

Rebuttal Article Updated

Using the results of Jones et al 2013 presented in New Study, Same Result - Greenhouse Gases Dominate Global Warming, Dana updated the advanced version of the SkS rebuttal to the "It's not us" denier meme. The title of this rebuttal is, The human fingerprint in global warming.

Coming Soon

  • New Research Confirms Global Warming Has Accelerated (Dana)
  • The two epochs of Marcott (JosHag)
  • To frack or not to frack? (gws)
  • The Fool's Gold of Current Climate (Dana)
  • Earth Encounters Giant Speed Bump on the Road to Higher Sea Level (Rob Painting)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup (John Hartz)
  • Book review: Cold Cash, Cool Climate by Jonathan Koomey (John Cook)

In the Works

  • Forks in the road (Sarah)
  • Antarctic Octopus Living Testament to Global Warming (Daniel Bailey)
  • Klotzbach Revisited and John Christy's response - Part 1 (JosHag)
  • Klotzbach Revisited and John Christy's response - Part 2 (JosHag)
  • New Research Shows Humans Causing More Strong Hurricanes (Dana)
  • The radiative role of clouds – which ones warm and which ones cool the Earth (jenikhollan)
  • A tale told in maps and charts: Texas in the National Climate Assessment (Dana)
  • New satellite confirms dramatic thinning of Arctic ice (MarkR)
  • Food Security - What Security? (Agnostic)
  • It’s getting hotter – despite cooling from cosmic rays (John Cook)

SkS in the News

Phil Plait at Bad Astronomy, George Monbiot on Twitter, and Richard Allan at the University of Reading referenced Dana's David Rose Hides the Rise in Global Warming.

Dana's Watts Interview – Denial and Reality Mix like Oil and Water was referenced by Dave Appell on Quark Soup.

Blue Ridge Leader referenced Andrew Glickson's No alternative to atmospheric CO2 draw-down.

Nation of Change referenced the SkS John Christy page.

SkS Spotlights

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 182 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment. An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.

Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $11.5 billion in grants and leveraging $57 billion in co-financing for over 3,215 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 16,030 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $653.2 million.

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