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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #40

Posted on 6 October 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Dana continues to expertly slice and dice the phoney baloney being served by prominent climate deniers in IPCC model global warming projections have done much better than you think and Why Curry, McIntyre, and Co. are Still Wrong about IPCC Climate Model Accuracy. As to be expected, both garnered the most comments of the articles posted this past week.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 40 

Quote of the Week

"We have simply one goal and one objective and we always have, which is to take the science, the economics of climate change and what's happening internationally in terms of action and present it in a clear and understandable and authoritative way to the Australian public," he (Tim Flannery) said.

Climate Council, which replaced the axed Climate Commission, reaches $1 million funding target, ABC News, Oct 5, 2013 

SkS Week in Review

SkS Rebuttal Article Updated

Dana's article, IPCC model global warming projections have done much better than you think has been incorporated into the rebuttal to the myth IPCC global warmingprojections were wrong and added to the SkS debunkings of the most popular myths about the IPCC.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • SkS social experiment: using comment ratings to help moderation (Sphaerica)
  • The components of Earth's Climate System: a primer (John Mason)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #41A (John Hartz
  • Why climate change contrarians owe us a (scientific) explanation (gpwayne)
  • Two degrees: how we imagine climate change (David Holmes)
  • Global warming – a world of extremes and biological hotspots (John Abraham)
  • Time to change how the IPCC reports? (Kevin Trenbeth)
  • Double Standard on Internal Variability (tamino)

In the Works

  • What the new IPCC report says about sea level rise (Freya Roberts)
  • Why trust climate models? It’s a matter of simple science (Scott K Johnson)
  • The 2012 State of the Climate is easily misunderstood (MarkR)
  • How did Ancient Coral Survive in a High CO2 World? (Rob Painting)
  • Moncking up the Numbers (Rob Honeycutt)
  • The Sun Has Cooled, So Why Are The Deep Oceans Warming? (Rob Painting)

SkS in the News

The Cook et al. (2013) consensus paper was cited by Hoffman et al. (2013).

Phil Plait at Slate's Bad Astronomy referenced Dana's Why is the IPCC AR5 so much more confident in human-caused global warming?.

In an interview with NBC News, Phil Plait also endorsed SkS as a top climate myth debunking resource.

KXAN TV used the Escalator and referenced other SkS resources.

Ring of Fire Radio referenced Dana's The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report and Fox News found to be a major driving force behind global warming denial.

Media Matters referenced the SkS debunking of the myth that the IPCC is alarmist.

CAS 4+U referenced Dana's The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report.

SkS Spotlights

In his Bad Astromomy blog post on Slate, Phil Plait expertly takes on a wide variety of science issues including climate change. Plait's recently posted articles on climate change:

Plait is an astronomer, lecturer, and author. His latest book is Death from the Skies! These Are the Ways the Universe Will End

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  1. First, the difference between what the models predicted and observed temperatures is not "huge", as observed global mean temperature has been well within the projected range of the model ensembles. Try reading the approriate post:

    Second, that observed global mean temperature has been in the lower portion of the projected range of the model ensembles has been due to natural variability, e.g. 1) a string of neutral or relatively strong la nina years and the total absence of a strong el nino year, and 2) an unusually deep and long solar minimum and unusually weak solar max.

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  2. Interesting experiment about peer review:

    Hundreds of open access journals accept fake science paper

    Just to quote the most interesting aspects:

    The paper, which described a simple test of whether cancer cells grow more slowly in a test tube when treated with increasing concentrations of a molecule, had "fatal flaws" and used fabricated authors and universities with African affiliated names, Bohannon revealed in Science magazine.

    He wrote: "Any reviewer with more than a high-school knowledge of chemistry and the ability to understand a basic data plot should have spotted the paper's shortcomings immediately. Its experiments are so hopelessly flawed that the results are meaningless."

    So, can you so easily get away with such bogus stuff in bio-technology? Is it the only area where PR process is so broken? I'm sure climate science is not like that because it attracts a hell lot of attention...

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