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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #32

Posted on 11 August 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

How much will sea levels rise in the 21st Century? by gpwayne garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Forecasts of sea level rise have, of course, been a hotly contested issue both within the scientific community and between the scientific community and the inhabitants of Deniersville.  

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 32

 H/T to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

“Whether you live in California, Texas or Timbuktu, climate change is real, and it’s long past time for action,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Climate Change Report Documents Growing Impacts on California’s Environment, Press Relases, California EPA, Aug 8, 2013

Reports of the Week

Worldwide, 2012 was among the 10 warmest years on record according to the 2012 State of the Climate report released August 6 by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The peer-reviewed report, with scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., serving as editors, was compiled by 384 scientists from 52 countries . It provides a detailed update on global indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice, and sky.

"Indicators of Climate Change in California," a report presenting 36 indicators tracking trends in atmospheric gases that influence climate, changes in the state's climate, and the impacts of climate change on California's environment and people, was released on August 8. This new report is an update to a 2009 report.

SkS Week in Review

SkS Rebutal Article Created

How much will sea levels rise in the 21st Century? by gpwayne is a new 'basic' level rebuttal of the myth: "Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated."

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Global warming, Arctic ice loss, and armchair scientists (John Abraham)
  • What makes ice sheets grow and shrink? (Freya Roberts, The Carbon Brief)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #33A (John Hartz)
  • A grand solar minimum would barely make a dent in human-caused global warming (Dana)
  • Why Atmospheric CO2 matters: The Really Big Picture (Chris Colose)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #33B (John Hartz)

In the Works

  • How did Ancient Coral Survive in a High CO2 World? (Rob Painting) 

SkS in the News

The Cook et al. (2013) Consensus Project was added to the Wikipedia page on Scientists' Views on Climate Change and referenced on the Global Warming page.

Dana's Fox News found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial was popular on Reddit and re-posted by TodayEco and What's Up With That Watts?.

Hot Topic referenced the SkS rebuttal to the low climate sensitivity myth alongside a nice video of Andrew Dessler explaining how we know climate sensitivity is not less than 2°C for doubled CO2.

Wotts Up With That Blog referenced several SkS resources in debunking the deniailst 'mole' at Al Gore's climate communications conference and Monckton's latest absurdity.

HotWhopper referenced the SkS resources debunking Pat Michaels and Chip Knappenberger.

The Consensus Project's 97% consensus result was referenced by Media Matters (twice), HotWhopper,  and PR Watch.

SkS Spotlights

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  1. The cartoon reminds me of the hamster, in Joe Cartoon.....:)

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  2. This cartoon is actually not far from reality.

    This picture (taken from

    How did they get there?

    looks as sobering as the cartoon and even more surreal. Admitedly, taken as to induce emotions but still a good documentary.

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