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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #4

Posted on 27 January 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The week began with Dana answering the question, Was 2012 the Hottest La Niña Year on Record?  and ended with Greenman's Meteorologists, Climatologists Featured in New ’2013 Climate’ Video. Between these two bookends, Dana posted an Open Letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson - Weather is not Climate and John Cook extolled the virtues of a New textbook on climate science and climate denial.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 4

Biliso Osake's prize-winning cartoon. Click here for details.  

Quote of the Week

Just as the Bretton Woods institutions were created to prevent a third world war, the world needs a bold global approach to help avoid the climate catastrophe it faces today. The World Bank Group is ready to work with others to meet this challenge. With every investment we make and every action we take, we should have in mind the threat of an even warmer world and the opportunity of inclusive green growth.

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank

Make climate change a priority, Op-ed by Jim Yong Kim. Washington Post, Jan 24, 2013

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

  • Climate Sensitivity Single Study Syndrome (Dana)
  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef: Last Chance to See? (Rob Painting)
  • Reconciling Two New Cloud Feedback Papers (Dana)
  • New Research Finds that Most Monthly Heat Records Today are Due to Global Warming (Dana)
  • Glaciers still shrinking in 2011, how have skeptics have claimed the opposite? (MarkR)
  • No alternative to atmospheric CO2 draw-down (Andrew Glikson)
  • The Climate Show #32: a Cook’s tour of the Aussie heat (Gareth)
  • 2013 SkS News Roundup #4 (John Hartz)
  • How much new climate related science is there every day? (Ari Jokimäki)
  • Lukewarmerism, a.k.a. Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence (Dana)
  • Drost, Karoly, and Braganza Find Human Fingerprints in Global Warming (Dana)
  • How We Know Cosmic Rays are Not Causing Global Warming, In One Simple Graph (Dana)
  • Climate Scientists Erring on the Side of Least Drama (Dana)
  • 16 years - Frequently Asked Questions (Kevin C)

SkS in the News

John Cook and G. Thomas Farmer's New textbook on climate science and climate denial was featured on Before It's News, Greg Laden's blog,

Dana's NASA Retirees Appeal to their Own Lack of Climate Authority was featured by Paul Douglas at the Star Tribune.

Kevin's 16 Years video was posted on Climate & Capitalism.

The Escalator was featured by Iowa State Daily.

Leo Hickman's article at The Guardian on London Mayor Boris Johnson's denial featured the SkS It's the sun myth rebuttal.

The Detroit Free Press suggested that climate skeptics should download the SkS smartphone Apps.

Dana's Lessons From Past Predictions: Ridley vs. IPCC and Hansen was featured at Before It's News.

Lynley Stace lists Skeptical Science on her list of interesting links on skepticism.

SkS Spotlights

Climate Analytics is a non-profit organization based in Berlin which brings together interdisciplinary expertise in the scientific and policy aspects of climate change. Activities include:

  • synthesizing and advancing scientific knowledge in the area of climate change science, policy and impacts;
  • providing science and policy support to the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in international climate negotiations; and
  • the tracking and analysing the effectiveness of national climate policies globally with the Climate Action Tracker.


Synthesize and advance scientific knowledge in the area of climate change and on this basis provide support and capacity building to stakeholders. By linking scientific and policy analysis, Climate Analytics provides state-of-the-art solutions to global and national climate change policy challenges.


Climate Analytics was founded in Potsdam in 2008 by Dr (h.c) Bill Hare, Dr. Malte Meinshausen and Dr. Michiel Schaeffer. Initially with offices at the Potsdam Institute of Impact Research and Kigali in Rwanda. Climate Analytics is now based in Berlin with an office in New York and Lome in Togo and staff and/or associates in France, Australia and Antigua and Barbuda.

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  1. The cartoon is outstanding! The submerged houses take a second look to see. The contrast between the sails of the hull-down proas and the touristy westerner's outboard motor add more to the impact. I kinda expect to fine «Mene, mene, tekel upharsin» in there somewhere, too.
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