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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #35

Posted on 31 August 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Michael J.I. Brown's guest post, What I learned from debating science with trolls attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Many commenters provided their own example of lessons learned. The post and the commentary make for very interesting reading indeed.

Generating the second highest number of comments was Athabasca Glacier: a tragic vanishing act by Andy Skuce.  Coming in a strong third was John Abraham's US State Department underestimates carbon pollution from Keystone XL.

El Niño Watch

Pacific watch: Is El Niño finding its second wind? by Roz Pidcock, The Carbon Brief, Aug 22, 2014 

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 35

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week 

Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), which is hosting the gathering, said there is "overwhelming" evidence that climate change endangers health. “Solutions exist and we need to act decisively to change this trajectory,” she said.

Act now on climate change or face growing health risks - UN by Megan Rowling, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Aug 27, 2014

SkS in the News

In her Hot Whopper blog post, Denier weirdness: 97% irony - deniers deny the science about the science, Sou skewers some of the nonsense eminating from Deniersville about Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, Cook et al, 2013, Environmental Research Letters.

In his blog post, Climate change conspiracy theories and the ABC radio interview with John Cook that never was, Graham Readfearn details how a bogus stary about John Cook came about. At the end of the day, two prominent Australian climate deniers wound up eating crow.

SkS Spotlights

This past week, The Washington Post published a series of editorials on the "existential threat" of climate change. The headline of each editorial begins with the phrase "A climate for Change." In order of date of publication, the editorials are:  

Poster of the Week


SkS Week in Review 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Keystone XL: Oil Markets and Emissions (Andy Skuce)
  • Fire and water – how global warming is making weather more extreme (Dana)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #36A (John Hartz)
  • Is the Pacific Ocean still calling the shots? (Rob Painting)
  • How should climate scientists get involved? (John Abraham)
  • Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia's record breaking heat (Graham Readfearn)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #36B (John Hartz)

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  1. The link "The EPA’s limits on emissions are important but not enough" is broken

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    [JH] Link fixed. Thank you for bringing this glitch to our attention. 

  2. What's the top-right "dark shadow" image above heat_widget.htm and what is it down counting? Currently, it's 5 days (?) of the countdown left...

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  3. I'm also curious about the 'dark widget'. Links to a similarly darkened full-frame interactive flash carousel thingy, complete with the ominous countdown, but what's it all about? Curious minds etc. ...

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  4. My guess, echoing conspiracy theories, is, it's the countdown to Bardarbunga Main eruption, that is machined by Climate Deniers to discredit global warming next year. lol.

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