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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #19

Posted on 11 May 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

As to be expected, Dana's Answers to the top ten global warming 'skeptic' arguments garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. 

Special Announcements 

Beginning with this issue, the Daily Digest has been expanded to include three more sections: 1. El Niño Watch, 2, Poster of the Week, and 3. Mother Nature Always Bats Last. Be sure to check them out and provide feedback.

The Weekly News Roundup series has been discontinued. The volume of news about climate change has literally sky-rocketed iover the past couple of years. All of the quality news that is generated can no longer be properly sampled in two documents per week. There are alternative ways for SkS readers to stay on top of the news and recommendations will be posted on the comment thread to this Digest tomorrow morning. Rescinded by John Hartz on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

El Niño Watch

The huge Kelvin wave that formed in the Pacific a while back, and may bring us a big El Nino, is now reaching the surface.  It's huge, and it's one of the warmest ever recorded.  Here's the latest from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

Monster Kelvin Wave Is Barfing Heat Into The Atmosphere by pollywatcher, The Daily Kos, May 9, 2014

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 19

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists 

Quote of the Week

"Change is in the air – I can sense it at all levels of society. Solutions exist. The race is on. My challenge to all political and business leaders, all concerned citizens and voters is simple: be at the head of the race. Don't get left behind. Don't be on the losing side of history. Let us work together to make climate change a top priority for all leaders – at home and in the global arena. Let us take advantage of the opportunities presented by climate action and lay the foundations for a more prosperous and secure future for all. "

Climate change affects us all. So what's stopping us joining forces to act on it?, Op-ed by Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, The Guardian, May 6, 2014

SkS in the News

In her HotWhopper Blog Post, Anthony Watts' bombshell goes pear-shaped. 82% of WUWT-ers aren't interested!  Sou skewers Wats and his ship of fools.  The topic du jour is the Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, Cook et al, 2013 Environ. Res. Lett.

Cook (2013 was cited by Jonathan Chaitt in his New York magazine article, All Science Is Wrong, Concludes Esteemed Fox News Panel.  

In his FAIR article, Can Crossfire Have a Climate Change Debate Without Climate Change Denial?, Peter Hart cites the SkS response to the question, Is Antarctica losing or gaining ice?

SkS Spotlights

The third edition of the U.S. National Climate Assessment report was released by the White House on on Tuesday, May 6. 

Joe Romm and his colleagues at Climate Progress generated an excellent series of articles about key findings made in the report  The articles:

Poster of the Week

 2014 Poster 19

 h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists 

SkS Week in Review 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Sense and climate sensitivity – more evidence we're in for a hot future (Dana)
  • Looking for connections (Marcin Popkiewicz)
  • IPCC, AAS, NAS, Royal Society, Pentagon & USGCRP reports: Is it possible to have too much information about climate change? (Graham Wayne)
  • High renewables ambition, but fossil fuels still dominate: UK and Germany electricity systems compared (Robin Webster)
  • 75 per cent of Americans want to see climate change taught in schools, and four more graphs (Ros Donald)

Mother Nature Always Bats Last!

A first-ever World Health Organization assessment of the growing problem calls for rapid changes to avoid the misery and deaths of a potential "post-antibiotic era" 

Antibiotic Resistance Is Now Rife across the Globe by Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, Apr 30, 2014

Magma levels are slowly rebuilding inside Mount St. Helens, a volcano in Washington state that erupted in 1980 and killed 57 people, although there was no sign of an impending eruption, U.S. scientists said.

Magma Rising in Washington State's Mount St. Helens Volcano by Eric M. Johnson, Reuters, May 1, 2014

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Comments 1 to 4:

  1. GISS L-OTI is out for April: 0.73C.  That's the warmest April on record, and with a mere .152 for March-April MEI.  

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  2. DSL,

    Isn't the 2010 April figure higher?

    I like checking out this page which gives an interesting  monthly analysis -

    See the 'Monthly Analysis' about a quarter of the way down. The new monthly figures come out on the 14th, give or take. This page can also be reached from

    Then click on the top graph, followed by the 'page 2' link in the second line.

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  3. I'm glad to see that the Weekly News Roundup announcement has been rescinded, although I can see the difficulty with making a selection from such a wide choice and that it would be time consuming to do it.

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    Moderator Response:

    [JH] Thanks for the positive feedback. There will only be one News Roundup this week because my youngest daughter is getting married on Sat (US). The posting of Weekly Digest #20 may be postponed 'til Mon (US).

  4. You are correct, BC!  When I put the figure for April into my spreadsheet, I had left my guess for April in, and so I entered the new value as May's value.  Gahhhh.  Thanks for pointing that out.  I was distracted!  I have twins! 

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    Moderator Response:

    [JH] Copy that. My wife's niece has triplets.

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