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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #45

Posted on 10 November 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

An exclusive new feature has been added to SkS with the posting of Paul D's Climate Science History - interactive style. The idea behind the project is to show just how long scientists have been studying the climate and related fields of science. By scrolling through the timeline you can get a good overview of the subject and you only have to dip into the detail if you feel like it. If you have noat already done so, you will want to check it out.

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 45

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists.

Quote of the Week

"The projections of the IPCC working group report are very, very clear. The impacts are going to become progressively negative and they're going to be the worst for some of the most underprivileged societies on earth.

"Are we going to create a planet where there's tension, where there's conflict, where there's desperation? That's not going to help any one of us. Are we going to see islands disappear? Are we going to see agriculture and food systems being affected, human health being affected?

"So the evidence and the scientific assessment is so compelling; how can anyone close his or her eyes against that reality?"

-Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

IPCC chairman: we may "pass on a lousy, spoilt and defiled planet" by Jo Confinao, The Guardian, Nov 9, 2013

SkS Week in Review 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Free computer game - World at the Crossroads (Marcin Popkiewicz)
  • Global Warming Paws Fails to Materialise: Earth Still Warming and Global Sea Level Rising LikeGangbusters (Rob Painting)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #46A (John H)
  • Climate Bet for Charity, 2013 Update (Rob Honeycutt)
  • Greenland was Green - Basic Rebuttal Update (Anne-Marie Blackburn)
  • Video: 10 climate myths debunked in under 4 minutes (Hank Green)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #46B (John H)

In the Works

  • Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously (Rob Painting)
  • Why is Antarctic Sea Ice Growing? (Guy Williams)

SkS in the News

In his Quark Soup blog post, David Rose Hole Update, David Appell suggests his readers go to SkS's "Did global warming stop in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010?" for more details.  

Phil Plait incoprated the SkS Where is Global Warming going? circle graphic into his article, No, We Are NOT in a Climate “Pause” posted on his Bad Astronomy Blog.

The dynamic Sks Escalator graphic was incoporated in two Media Matters articles:

  1. Media Ignore Study Finding Ocean Warming 15 Times Faster Than In Past 10,000 Years by Denise Robbins; and,
  2. Fox Responds To New Obama Climate Action With Global Warming Denialby Matt Gertz 

SkS Spotlights

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) was founded jointly by Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). The MCC is located on the EUREF-Campus in Berlin. Five working groups will advance research on the opportunities and challenges of sustainable economic growth in a resource and carbon-constrained world, with a particular focus on avoiding dangerous climate change. By conducting topical assessment reports in close cooperation with international partner institutions, the MCC aims to promote deliberative communication and decision-making at the interface between science, policy and society.

"The mission of MCC is timely. Mapping our options for attaining sustainable growth in a naturally bounded world is key to tackling the two defining challenges of this century: Eradicating world poverty and managing climate change. We do have to find a low-carbon approach to growth and development and as we do we will find that this different way is very attractive and dynamic."

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  1. Have you noticed many "obvious" typos in my posts?

    I don't know if the editor in the "Submit" box has the spell checker (a little squiggles would do for me, I usually know the spelling and prefer British English, according to the country of my residence) and how to enable it. Anyone knows and/or has an easy tip for me how to fix my typos before "Submit"?

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    [JH] Check the HTML version of your draft. It has a spell-check feature.  

  2. In many ways, WRT climate science reality, I *wish* there was an *Unsee* button. Having the knowledge of even the most conservative takes on what is to come is dpressing beyond words. All I, or anyone else can do, is to keep trying, like Chief in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," and hope the drinking fountain of raelity will flatten the Wall of Stupid that is climate science denial/disinformation.

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