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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #31

Posted on 4 August 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Dana's An accurately informed public is necessary for climate policy created quite a buzz this past week. It is a repost of Dana's guest post on the Making Science Public blog of the University of Nottingham in the UK. Many commenters chimed in on the respective comment threads of the two postings. 

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 31

H/T to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

"We know from past changes that ecosystems have responded to a few degrees of global temperature change over thousands of years," said Diffenbaugh*. "But the unprecedented trajectory that we're on now is forcing that change to occur over decades. That's orders of magnitude faster, and we're already seeing that some species are challenged by that rate of change."

*Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh, Assistant Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Center Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.

Climate change on pace to occur 10 times faster than any change recorded in past 65 million years, Stanford Scientists Say by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News, Aug 1, 2013

SkS Week in Review

SkS Rebuttal Articles Created

The Albedo Effect and Global Warming by gpwayne is a new 'basic' level rebuttal of the myth:"Earth's Albedo has risen in the pastfew years..."

Coming Soon on SkS

  • How much will sea levels rise in the 21st Century? (gpwayne)
  • John Christy and high temperature records in the US (Klaus Flemløse)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #32A (John Hartz)
  • Ocean Acidification: Eating Away at Life in the Southern Ocean (Rob Painting)
  • Why Atmospheric CO2 matters: The Really Big Picture (Chris Colose)
  • Fox News misinforms the public in climate change (Dana)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #32B (John Hartz)

SkS Articles In the Works

  • How did Ancient Coral Survive in a High CO2 World? (Rob Painting)
  • John Christy and US-tornadoes (Klaus Flemløse)
  • John Christy and Precipitation (Klaus Flemløse)
  • 282 years of global warming in one graph (keithpickering)

SkS in the News

SkS and the 97% consensus were referenced and recommended as valuable resources by Paul and Anne Ehrlich in their Proceedings of the Royal Society B paper, Future collapse: how optimistic should we be?.

HotWhopper also mocked Brandon Schollenberger and WUWT for more ridiculousness about th 97% consensus.

The 97% consensus was also referenced by Climate Progress and Salon.

Scientific American made use of Dana's The Economist Screws Up on the Draft IPCC AR5 Report and Climate Sensitivity.

NASA Earth Observatory referenced Graham's basic rebuttal on the CO2-temperature correlation.

Wotts Up With That Blog discussed Dana's An accurately informed public is necessary for climate policy.

Paul Monk in the Sydney Morning Herald and Canberra Times recommended reading SkS as an alternative to Bob Carter and John Spooner's new climate contrarian book.

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