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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #37

Posted on 15 September 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Global Warming's Missing Heat: Look Back In Anger (and considerable disbelief) by gpwayne attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's Debunking 97% Climate Consensus Denial drew the second highest number of comments.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 37

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

"At this point, 70 to 75 percent of Americans understand that global warming is very real, and the need to do something about it," (Bill) McKibben said. "The trick at this point is not to convert the other 25 percent. The fight is to get those who do know what's going on as active and engaged as possible."

Author warns about climate change at CA conference AP/San Francisco Chronicle, Sep 14, 2013

SkS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • What is causing global warming?  Look for the fingerprints (John Abraham)
  • Why trust climate models? It’s a matter of simple science (Scott K Johnson)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #38A (John Hartz)
  • The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report (Dana)
  • Moncking up the Numbers (Rob Honeycutt)
  • The 2012 State of the Climate is easily misunderstood (MarkR)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #38B (John Hartz)

In the Works

  • How did Ancient Coral Survive in a High CO2 World? (Rob Painting)
  • Why Atmospheric CO2 matters: The Really Big Picture (Chris Colose)

SkS in the News

Seth MacFarlane Tweeted Dana's Arctic sea ice delusions strike the Mail on Sunday and Telegraph.

The Arctic Escalator was used by Climate Progress, Open Parachute, and Media Matters.

The Cook et al. (2013) 97% consensus paper was referenced in Sharman (2013), The Age, TreeHugger, and The Guardian.

Graham Readfearn at the Guardian referenced Dana's DenialGate Highlights Heartland's Selective NIPCC Science

Graham also referenced Monckton Myths on his own blog, as did HotWhopper.

Dana's Debunking 97% Climate Consensus Denial was re-posted on The Conspiracy Index.

Greg Laden made use of some SkS graphics in debunking climate denial from CNBC's Joe Kernen.

SkS Spotlights

Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind.

There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed. Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale.

NCEAS has helped create a large community of scientists from multiple disciplines, eager to collaborate to answer some of the toughest environmental questions facing society. Through collective Working Group projects scientists share data and methods, synthesize vast amounts of information, and discover new insights and understanding to improve lives and the environment. Some examples of the Center’s research include:

  • Environmental Science Benefiting Human Livelihoods
  • Ecological Effects of Climate Change
  • Ecology of Infectious Disease
  • Marine Ecology and Conservation
  • Economics and Ecology

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Comments 1 to 3:

  1. I find that the story that "attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week" is actually the one that got the most trolls posting.  I'm not sure that's something to highlight.  Maybe remove that line?

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    [JH] My purpose is to highlight "where the action is" re comment chatter. In that context, a comment is a comment. 

  2. Exactly moderator! The more trolls that comment is a fair indicator of the fear these same trolls have in the veracity of the real information in that story. This also gives a a better measure of the 97% as the tiny minority still loudly decry its insignificance! Bert

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  3. I sort of agree with numerobis because quantity is not quality and sometimes I don't have time to read the trolls and debunk them, espetially if the troll authors are helpless and the best tactic is "don't feed the troll". So "trolling threads" could be indicated as such.

    I noticed that recent trolls are evolving around "GW has stopped since 1997" and Cook at al 2013 about 97% consensus. I don't understand the reason for the former because science is so simple in  our debunkings. The latter suggests poor understanding of statistics and polling techniques in general public, so there is something to do in that area.

    I remember other weeks with proliferate scientific discussions both explaining and complementing the articles. But this week lacks them.

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    [DB] Fixed text per request.

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