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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #16

Posted on 21 April 2013 by John Hartz

Happy Earth Day Graphic

Be sure to check out the Face of Climate Change posted on the website of the Earth Day Network. Click here to access.  

SkS Highlights

Most of the comments on articles posted this past week were fairly evenly distributed among three articles: Global Warming: Not Reversible, But Stoppable by Andy Skuce, Climate Sensitivity Single Study Syndrome, Nic Lewis Edition by Dana, and Global Warming is Accelerating, but it's Still Groundhog Day at the Daily Mail by Rob Painting.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 16 

Reposted with permission of Neil Wagner.

Quote of the Week

"The current economic crisis is being aggravated by the growing pressure on the environment, by poverty, by persisting international conflicts and by the worsening state of the global environment," a bespectacled Gorbachev said in Russian to reporters in Geneva by video link.

"The gap between the poor and the rich is unacceptably wide. The response to climate change has been weak and disunited," he said. "The possibility of building a more secure, more just and more united world has been largely missed."

Gorbachev Sees Global Failure to Address Eco-Risks by John Helprin, AP/ABC News, Apr 18, 2013

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

  • Major PAGES 2k Network Paper Confirms the Hockey Stick (Dana)
  • Blog Announcement (Dana)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #17A (John Hartz)
  • Malaria: biting into the climate change debate (Sarah Finlay-Jones)
  • Forks in the road (Sarah)
  • 2013 SkS News Bulletin #9 (John Hartz) 
  • Greenland: A Ring of Mountains (greenman)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #17B (John Hartz)

In the Works

  • The Polar Jetstream: what it is, how it works and how it is responding to Arctic warming (John Mason)
  • Distinguishing Between Short-Term Variability and Long-Term Trends (Dana)
  • Weathering of rocks: guide to a long-term carbon-sink (John Mason)
  • 16 Years Video Update (Kevin C)
  • New Research Shows Humans Causing More Strong Hurricanes (Dana)
  • A tale told in maps and charts: Texas in the National Climate Assessment (Dana)

SkS  in the News

In debunking a Gish Gallop by Rep. Chris Stewart, Brad Johnson at Climate Progress referenced 15 SkS myth rebuttals.

Skeptical Software Tools recommended the SkS smartphone apps.

Energy Korea referenced Dana's New Research Confirms Global Warming Has Accelerated.

Media Matters referenced Dana's An Updated Look at What Keystone XL and Alberta Tar Sands Mean for the Climate.

The Idiot Tracker referenced Dana's Guemas et al. Attribute Slowed Surface Warming to the Oceans.

Climate and Health Council referenced several SkS global warming references.

In a post about Reuters' poor global warming reporting this week, Climate Progress and PlanetSave made use of Nuccitelli et al. (2012) Figure 1.

Lack of Environment referenced John Mason's The History of Climate Science.

Mother Earth Calling or Crying re-posted Dana's A Comprehensive Review of the Causes of Global Warming.

Sleeping with the Devil referenced the SkS 'hiding the decline' myth rebuttal.

SkS Spotlights

The mission of Green Cross International is to respond to the combined challenges of security, poverty and environmental degradation to ensure a sustainable and secure future. It seeks solutions through dialogue, mediation and co-operation. To achieve this, it:

  • Promotes legal, ethical and behavioural norms that ensure basic changes in the values, actions and attitudes of government, the private sector and civil society, necessary to develop a sustainable global community;
  • Contributes to the prevention and resolution of conflicts arising from environmental degradation;
  • Provides assistance to people affected by the environmental consequences of wars, conflicts and man made calamities.

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  1. If you live in Australia, you might be happy looking at the title of recent smh article:

    Electricity prices set to drop in OZ

    But you will be disappointed if you read inside:

    The main driver of the decline in 2015-16 is linking the carbon price with the European price...

    ...which crashed. I expected the reason would be rather due to renewables successfuly competing with coal, rather than cheaper C tax. What a joke: a bad news transformed for good news for greedy people who cares about their pockets only rather than a big picture.

    We are long way from fixing the planet and after this article, the way becomes longer. If C trading scheme does not work on the long run, why not replace it with Jim Hansen's fee and dividend scheme? I guess people are not ready to accept such scheme.



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