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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #47

Posted on 24 November 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Dana's Will extreme weather like super typhoon Haiyan become the new norm? caused the most buzz of the articles posted this past week. The comment thread contains a wealth of scientific information related to the post. Both are well worh reading.

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 47

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the week

Christiana Figueres, the UN's leading climate official, said: "We have seen essential progress. But let us again be clear that we are witnessing ever more frequent, extreme weather events, and the poor and vulnerable are already paying the price. Now governments, and especially developed nations, must go back to do their homework so they can put their plans on the table ahead of the Paris conference."

Warsaw climate talks set 2015 target for plans to curb emissions by Fiona Harvey, The Guardian, Nov 24, 2013

SKS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Announcement of a new global warming tool (Bob Lacatena, John Cook)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48A (John H)>
  • Greenland was Green - Basic Rebuttal Update (Anne-Marie Blackburn)
  • (John H)
  • Climate Bet for Charity, 2013 Update (Rob Honeycutt)
  • Video: 10 climate myths debunked in under 4 minutes (Hank Green)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #48B (John H)
  • Provisional Statement on Status of Climate in 2013 (John Hartz)

In the Works

  • Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously (Rob Painting)
  • Five Holiday Gift Ideas for the Skeptic In Your Life, with Unlimited Gift Coupon! (doug_bostrom)
  • Why is Antarctic Sea Ice Growing? (Guy Williams)
  • Climate Risk Index 2014: Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan most affected (John Hartz) 

SkS in the News

Cowtan and Way (2013) continues to be cited and discussed in many media and blog articles throughout the world. A sample will be documented in an upcoming (second) SkS News Bulletin. 

In his Real Sceptic blog post, Responding to Criticism, Colin Maessen responds to criticism leveled at him by a climate denier over Maessen's blog post, The 97% Climate Science Consensus Reality which addresses a crtiique of the TCP posted on denier website.

Cowtan and Way (2013) is cited by Chris Hulne In his Comment is Free (The Guradian) blog post, Typhoon Haiyan must spur us on to slow climate change.

In his Climate Denial Crock of the Week blog post, What Does the Science Say about Cyclone Intensity?, Peter Sinclair extensively quotes from Dana's Climate Consensus-the 97% blog article, Will extreme weather like super typhoon Haiyan become the new norm?  posted on The Guardian and reposted on SkS. 

Graham Wayne uses a quote from Dana's Will extreme weather like super typhoon Haiyan become the new norm? as a springboard for his commentary on the need for prudence when evaluating  how best to tackle climate change. Waynes' article, Climate change and Haiyan: body bags don’t stop the ghoulish arguments is posted on his blog, Small Epiphanies

SkS Spotlights

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The PCCRC mission is to increase scientific and public understanding of the causes and impacts of climate change through fundamental research and effective education and outreach. Our overarching goals are to understand the causes and consequences of climate change, improve predictive models to project future climate conditions, and inform on-going state, national and international policy discussions on climate change, including mitigation and adaptation strategies. Distinguishing Features.

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  1. re: Toon of the Week

    Brilliantly summing up COP19 and the undergoing political process. Just plain and simple brilliant.

    And not for the first time.

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  2. Thanks for the mention. :)

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    [JH] You're welcome and thank you for all that you do.

  3. Neven is now covering the seabed methane article on his Arctic Sea Ice blog:

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