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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #44

Posted on 3 November 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

US school infiltration attempt by Heartland’s IPCC Parody by gpwayne generated the most comments of the articles posted during the past week. Many commenters advocated the need for someone to create detailed rebuttal of the faux report distributed to elementary and high school teachers throughout the U.S. by the infamous climate denier think-tank, the Heartland Institute.

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 44

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

But indigenous peoples in Canada blocking fossil fuel developments are taking the lead in combatting climate change, he said. (Noam) Chomsky highlighted indigenous opposition to the Alberta tar sands, the oil deposit that is Canada's fastest growing source of carbon emissions and is slated for massive expansion despite attracting international criticism and protest.

"It is pretty ironic that the so-called 'least advanced' people are the ones taking the lead in trying to protect all of us, while the richest and most powerful among us are the ones who are trying to drive the society to destruction," said Chomsky.

Noam Chomsky slams Canada's shale gas energy plans by Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, Nov 1, 2013 

SkS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Climate Science History - interactive style(Paul D)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45A (John Hartz)
  • Oceans heating up faster now than in the past 10,000 years, says new study(John Abraham)
  • Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously (Rob Painting)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45B (John Hartz)

SkS In the News

Ben at Wotts Up with That draws heavily from Climate Change Cluedo: Anthropogenic CO2 in his essay, Henry's Law.

In his Planet OZ/Guardian blog post, Missing logic of Australian prime minister's denial of climate change link to bushfires, Graham Readfern writes:

Popular debunking websiteSkeptical Science also looks in detail at climate sceptic myths and ranks "climate has changed before" as the most popular of all denier talking points.

The TCP is referenced and linked to in Oliver Milman's Guardian article,One third of Australia's media coverage rejects climate science, study finds:

There were 97% of comment pieces in the Herald Sun which either questioned or rejected the view of the vast majority of climate scientists – which has ironically also been measured at 97%

The TCP is also referenced and linked to in Graham Readfern's DeSmog Blog post, Australia's Murdoch Newspapers Lying to Public About Climate Change, Says Study Author.

In the Media Matters article,Climate Denial Letters In Top US Newspapers, the SKS rebuttal article,Sun and climate moving in opposite directions is referenced and linked to.

SkS Spotlights

Internews Network and Internews Europe developed the Earth Journalism Network (EJN) to empower and enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. EJN establishes networks of environmental journalists in countries where they don't exist, and builds their capacity where they do, through training workshops and development of training materials, support for production and distribution, and dispersing small grants.

From 2006 to 2012, EJN trained over 2,200 journalists from dozens of developing countries in a wide variety of environmental issues, including climate change, biodiversity, water, environment health, and oceans and coastal resources. As a direct result of EJN activities, these journalists – working in print, radio, TV and online — have produced over 3,500 stories, not to mention all the environmental coverage they go on to produce afterwards. Several of these stories — in countries including China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan — have won national and international awards after uncovering scandals such as wildlife smuggling rings and illegally polluting factories.

EJN has also organized its own Earth Journalism Awards program, in which over 900 journalists from 148 countries participated, and 15 journalists were honored for producing some of the year’s best climate change stories, focusing on key related themes, and hailing from different regions of the world. We’ve partnered with other non-profits to carry out Fellowship programs to crucial events – including summits on climate change, biodiversity and water – where journalists from developing countries benefit from capacity-building activities and reporting opportunities. Finally, EJN's online network connects hundreds of journalists from around the world with an interest in covering environmental issues.

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  1. You know, of course, that Dr. Frankenstein was an accomplished scientist and the "monster's" name was Bert (I'm sure it's "Bert" at the medium-low confidence level).

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