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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #23

Posted on 8 June 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Within days of its intital posting, Richard Tol launched his first attack on John Cook and his team of SkS volunteers for the work they did in producing Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literatureCook et al, 2013 Environmental Research Letters. Since that initial onslaught, Tol has continued his campaign. His recent efforts to discredit Cook et al (2013) are thoroughly critiqued and shown to be flawed in two articles by Dana, i.e., Republican witness admits the expert consensus on human-caused global warming is real and Richard Tol accidentally confirms the 97% global warming consensus, and in one article by John Cook Resources and links documenting Tol's 24 errors

Other Blog Posts on Tol's Campaign to Discredit Cook et al (2013)

*Denotes a member of the SkS author team. 

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 23

Andrei Popov (Russia)

Note: This is the first cartoon embedded in 9 Political Cartoons That Put Climate Change In Perspective by Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post, Jun 7, 2014.

El Niño Watch

Quote of the Week

"We need ever higher ambition by all nations in the run-up to the U.N. climate convention meeting in Paris in 2015 — ambition that can match emission reductions and support for adaptation in vulnerable countries and communities with the sobering scientific reality." - Chrstina Figueres

China follows USA with emissions pledge by Kim Hjelmgaard, USA Today, June 3, 2014

SkS in the News 

In his Washington Post Wonkbook post, Why Obama’s new climate rule matters. Puneet Kollipara links to the SkS rebuttal article, What is the link between hurricanes and global warming?  

SkS Spotlights

Poster of the Week

  2014 Poster 23


Insurance Industry News

Coming Soon on SkS 

  • New Video: Meltwater Pulse 2B (Peter Sinclair)
  • This Ice Sheet Will Unleash a Global Superstorm Sandy That Never Ends (Chris Mooney)
  • Ice picks: Five pieces of ice news revealing earth’s ice cover is in serious decline (Roz Pidcock)
  • How will El Nino impact weather patterns? (Guest post)
  • Summer reading for the climate crowd (Guest post)
  • SkS Weekly News Roundup #24 (John Hartz)

Mother Nature Always Bats Last!

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  1. Hey, can someone please explain the cartoon with the carpenter guy? I'm not getting it.



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  2. Jenna, he's trying to nail down sea level rise.  It could use a word or two to give it direction.  Could be an oblique reference to NC's state legislature, or it could simply be a representation of wishful thinking.

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  3. The cartoon is by Andrei Popov (Russia). None of the nine cartoons has dialogue embedded in them.

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