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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #10

Posted on 9 March 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

If you like the Sunday funnies, you'll love, Cartoon: the climate contrarian guide to managing risk, cartoon by John Cook and text by Dana and John Cook. Needless to say, it generated the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. The Extraordinary UK Winter of 2013-14: a Timeline of Watery Chaos by John Mason drew the second highest number of comments. Coming in third was The Editor-in-Chief of Science Magazine is wrong to endorse Keystone XL by Andy Skuce.

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 10

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

"We expect that doubling CO2 and doubling it again will cause dramatic climate change for the same reason we expect day to be warmer than night, summer warmer than winter, and Miami warmer than Minneapolis. It’s not because of computer models, and it’s not because this January was the fourth warmest on record. It’s because when you add heat to things, they change their temperature."

Cause and Effect, by Scott Denning, Climate Change National Forum. Mar 2, 2014

SkS in the News

The Economist article, Who pressed the pause button? includes the results of Cowtan and Way (2014).

The Skeptical Science Mobile App via iTunes is posted on Game Debate.

Confessions of a MOOC Addict by John Cook is psted on the Huffington Post.

In Navigating Climate Science Denialism: Resources for you Greg Laden touts both the SkS website and The Debunking Handbook via the article, Debunk me! “Lean, mean and easy to read …”.. Laden also links to The Consensus Project (TCP) in his post Denying Climate Science in Multiple Dimensions.

Doug Graig links to both the The Consensus Project (TCP) website and to Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature in his blog post, Human fingerprint of climate change.

Five proven strategies to bust unsubstantiated myths by John Cook & Kate Hannah is posted on the Global Cliamte Intsitute website. 

In his Huffington Post article, Through the Climate Portal: Humanity's Tragic Flaw, David Golstein links to the Hirsoshima Widget.

Denise Robbins links to the SkS rebuttal, Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project in her Media Matters for America article, Who Is Patrick Moore? A Look At The Former Greenpeace Member's Industry Ties And Climate Denial.

In his All Voices blog post, Volcanic eruptions contribute to global warming 'pause', Rober Myles cites Dana's SkS article, Does the global warming 'pause' mean what you think it means?

SkS Spotlights

The Global Change Institute (GCI) of Queensland University contributes to evidence-based, progressive solutions to the problems of a rapidly changing world within the existing and projected frameworks of those problems: political, environmental, social, economic, technical.

The University of Queensland has established leadership in many of the issues associated with global change, and is positioned to provide national and international leadership in these areas. The GCI will provide a vehicle for collaborative research, learning,  engagement and advocacy in major global change issues.

SkS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • GWPF optimism on climate sensitivity is ill-founded (Dana)
  • Climate change and sensitivity: not all Watts are equal (John Abraham)
  • Global warming not slowing - it's speeding up (James Wight)
  • A Hack by Any Other Name - Part 5 (Bob Lacatena)
  • The Carbon Bubble - Unburnable Fossil Fuels - Seminar (Andy Skuce)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #11 (John Hartz)

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Comments 1 to 3:

  1. I have a question: is there anything at SkS server side possible to prevent the data loos when the server times out why I'm typing a comment? It happened to me recently more often: my crafty comment including several links and a picture just disapeared when I hit submit button, obviously to my utter frustration. The browser back button does not bring the input editor back: I need to re-logon to bring it back and my comment is long gone. I think the server timeout has been decreased lately (down to some 30mins?) increasing the likelyhood of such unexpected comment loss.

    On the client site, in my Firefox browser, "Submit" button is a typical HTML input. So, to prevent comment losses in the future, I speculate that the server could perhaps send the response to the "timed-out" client:

    Your message [input HTML text] has not been posted because the connection timed out. Please try again.

    That would be enough to prevent the data loss. I;m not sure if other blogs have such mechanisms or they don't care. But I think SkS could care because this blog is valuable to me as most of the user comments. Thanks!

    I think Bob Lacatena would give the best response to my question although anyone whoknows the impl details of SkS server can chime in...

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  2. I went to the UCSC Climate Conference last weekend where the panel of speakers was asked when activists would be able to quote scientists directly linking extreme weather to climate change, in order to inspire the public to respond to the threat of global warming.  I think it was Benjamin Santer of LLNL who said that they were decades away in research before they would have the ability to do that and then Gavin Schmidt chimed in and added, "Scientists won't ever do that. Don't wait for that...if you're waiting for that, you are just WASTING YOUR TIME."  So, when I saw your cartoon it reminded me that I made a comic for that!

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    [JH] Link activated.

  3. John Hartz - In the opening paragraph you have incorrectly attributed John Mason as the author of the Science editor endorses Keystone XL post, rather than Andy Skuce. 

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    [JH] I have corrected the error. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

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