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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #27

Posted on 7 July 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

John Cook and Dana's 4 Hiroshima bombs worth of heat per second metaphor has become a  "sticky image" worldwide. Needless to say, it garnered the highest number of comments of all the articles posted on SkS during the past week. If you have not yet read the article, you will want to do so. Toward the end of the article, John throws down the guantlet to all readers to come up with a stickier metaphor. To date, none of the commentors have done so.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 26 

Quote of the Week

The WMO secretary-general, Michel Jarraud, said: "A decade is the minimum possible timeframe for meaningful assessments of climate change.

"WMO's report shows that global warming accelerated in the four decades of 1971 to 2010 and that the decadal rate of increase between 1991-2000 and 2001-2010 was unprecedented."

He added: "Rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are changing our climate, with far-reaching implications for our environment and our oceans, which are absorbing both carbon dioxide and heat."

Unprecedented climate extremes marked last decade, says UN by Alex Kirby for the Climate News Network, The Guardian, July 3, 2013

Report of the Week

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climateextremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous decade, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The report, The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of ClimateExtremes, analysed global and regional temperatures and precipitation, as well as extreme events such as the heat waves in Europe and Russia, Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America, Tropical Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa and floods in Pakistan.

SkS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Climate Change Denial now available as Kindle ebook (John Cook)
  • New Basic Rebuttal #36: There's no empirical evidence (gpwayne)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #28A (John Hartz)
  • The Consensus Project self-rating data now available (John Cook)
  • Charles Krauthammer's global warming folly (Dana)
  • 129F is Close But No Cigar (Rob Honeycutt)
  • Update on GISP-2 temperature record (Alexander Ac)
  • Hope family research finds slow economic growth makes climate change costlier (Dana)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #28B (John Hartz)

In the Works

  • Science does inform policy … sometimes (gws)
  • New basic rebuttal #153: They changed the name from global warming to climate change (gpwayne)
  • New Basic rebuttal #43: There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature (gpwayne)
  • A tale told in maps and charts: Texas in the National Climate Assessment (Dana)
  • On the power point presentation by John Christy (Klaus Flemloese)
  • How did Ancient Coral Survive in a High CO2 World? (Rob Painting)
  • 282 years of global warming in one graph (keithpickering) 

SkS in the News

Climate Spectator published John Cook's Our oceans are heating up and Agnostics, deniers and genuine scientific sceptics.  They also used several SkS resources in A chat with Abbott’s climate sceptic business adviser. 

Dana's Media Overlooking 90% of Global Warming was re-posted on Climate Progress.

The 4 Hiroshima per second equivalency was used by The Green Optimistic and The Courier.

Grist made use of The Escalator and Kevin C's 16  ^  more years of global warming.

Greanpeace UK used David Rose Hides the Rise in Global Warming to debunk David Rose's latest nonsense.

Fair Media Alliance referenced John Cook's Tony Abbott denies climate change and advocates carbon tax in the same breath.

SkS Spotlights

The Earth Policy Institute (EPI) was founded in 2001 by Lester Brown, the founder and former president of the Worldwatch Institute, to provide a plan of a sustainable future along with a roadmap of how to get from here to there. EPI works at the global level simply because no country can fully implement a Plan B economy in isolation. 

EPI’s goals are:

  1. to provide a global plan (Plan B) for moving the world onto an environmentally and economically sustainable path,
  2. to provide examples demonstrating how the plan would work, and
  3. to keep the media, policymakers, academics, environmentalists, and other decision-makers focused on the process of building a Plan B economy.

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