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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #15

Posted on 13 April 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Roz Pidcock's  IPCC says adapt and mitigate to tackle climate risks garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Attracting the second highest number of comments was IPCC issue official rebuttal to more David Rose/Daily Mail nonsense by John Mason.

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 15

Quote of the Week

"This week in Berlin, scientists and public representatives have been weighing up radical options for curbing emissions contained in the third report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The bottom line is that we have 15 years to take the necessary steps. The horse may not have bolted, but it's well on its way through the stable door.

"Who can stop it? Well, we can, you and I. And it is not just that we can stop it, we have a responsibility to do so. It is a responsibility that begins with God commanding the first human inhabitants of the garden of Eden 'to till it and keep it'. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it." - Desmond Tutu

We need an apartheid-style boycott to save the planet, Op-ed by Desmond Tutu, The Guardian, Apr 10, 2014 

SkS in the News

In his Spectator blog post, Oldies don't believe in global warming, Tristan Edis cites and links to Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, Cook et al, 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. Edis also discusses Richard Tol's "odd campaign of criticism of the John Cook et al paper.

The SkS article, "Alarming new study makes today's climate change more comparable to Earth's worst mass extinction" is referenced and linked to in Dahr Jamail's, Evidence of Acceleration of Anthropogenic Climate Disruption on All Fronts  posted on Truthout. 

SkS Spotlights 

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 850 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 90 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world.

CAN members place a high priority on both a healthy environment and development that "meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Commission). CAN's vision is to protect the atmosphere while allowing for sustainable and equitable development worldwide.

SkS Week in Review

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Climate contrarian backlash - a difficult lesson for scientific journals to learn (Dana)
  • If growth of CO2 concentration causes only logarythmic temperature increase - why worry? (Marcin Popkiewicz)
  • Heartland logic: More people have heard of Fidel Castro than Michael Mann, therefore global warming is false (Sarah)
  • Global warming can't be blamed on CFCs – another one bites the dust (Dana)
  • New Video: Abrupt Climate Change, and the Expected Unexpected (Peter Sinclair)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #16 (John Hartz)

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