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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #50

Posted on 15 December 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Cover of the Nov-Dec 2013 editon of Europhysics NewsJohn Cook's article, The scientific consensus on climate change - Combating a two-decade campaign attacking the scientific consensus on climate change (free, no paywall) appears in the Nov-Dec (2013) edition of the Europhysics News magazine. By coincidence the cover of the publication features the features the same photo clip art that was used to create the SkS masthead. 

Why is Antarctic sea ice growing? attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Global warming is unpaused and stuck on fast forward, new research shows by Dana drew the second highest number of comments.  

Looking ahead, Dana attended the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco this past week and will post an article about what he saw and heard.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 50

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists 

Quote of the Week 

When asked where to engage the public, (Gavin) Schmidt said: “You have to be tactical and find places where you can be heard. … avoid comment threads of most major newspapers.”

“You can create spaces online that are not noise-free and not discussion-free but are abuse-free. And I think we should create spaces like that.”

Gavin Schmidt … Speaking up and speaking out by Bruce Lieberman, The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media, Dec 12, 2013 

SkS Week in Review

Coming soon on SkS

  • Provisional Statement on Status of Climate in 2013 (John Hartz)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #51A (John Hartz
  • In pictures: cutting edge climate science and communication from the 2013 AGU conference (Dana)
  • Climate Risk Index 2014: Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan most affected (John Hartz
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #50B (John Hartz)
  • Climate and economic models, birds of a different feather (John Abraham)
  • Gavin Schmidt … Speaking up and speaking out (Bruce Lieberman)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #51C (John Hartz)

In the Works 

  • Comments on the Purpose of Privacy (Rob Honeycutt)
  • Rebuttal to the myth 'CO2 is saturated' (Glenn Tamblyn & jg)
  • Saving the Keeling curve (doug bostrom)
  • Thirteen Years of Moths and Flames (jerryd)

SkS in the News

In his Bad Astronomy (Slate) blog post, The Heartland Institute and the American Meteorological Society, Phil Plait links to his prior post about the TCP, New Study: Climate Scientists Overwhelmingly Agree Global Warming Is Real and Our Fault.

John Cook touts the TCP in his article, The scientific consensus on climate change - Combating a two-decade campaign attacking the scientific consensus on climate change published in the Nov-Dec edition of Europhysics News.

Clean Technica reprinted Stephan Lewandowsky's SkS article, Like The Iraq War, Media Fails To Report On Climate Change Accurately

SkS Spotlights

The nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

Led by Executive Director Vicki Arroyo and Faculty Director Professor Peter Byrne of Georgetown Law, the Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.

The Center performs a vital role in the development of policy by:

  • Connecting states and federal policymakers;
  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and assisting with program design;
  • Sharing best practices and success stories with state and federal policymakers;
  • Serving as a resource to all states in addressing climate change and promoting a clean energy economy.

Based at Georgetown Law, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships. The Center analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to states and territories, and encourages policymakers to learn from and adopt innovative policies emerging from the states.

Note: The above text is from the About page of the Georgetown Climate Center website.

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