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2014 SkS Weekly Digest #40

Posted on 5 October 2014 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Nuclear power's role in mitigating manmade climate change and the willingness of Evangelical Christians to embrace the overwhelming body of scientific evidence of manmde climate change were the two hot topics on the comment threads of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Garnering the highest number of comments was How did the UK grid respond to losing a few nuclear reactors?, a guest post by Jani-Petri Martikainen. Attracting the second highest number of comments was Dana's Global warming: a battle for evangelical Christian hearts and minds.

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 40

h/t to Climate Change Guide

Quote of the Week

"There is today a climate movement as there was a civil rights movement and an antiwar movement and a women’s liberation movement and a gay rights movement — each of them much more than its component actions, moments, slogans, proposals, names, projects, issues, demands (or, as we say today, having grown more polite, “asks”); each of them a culture, or an intertwined set of cultures; each of them a political force in the broadest as well as the narrowest sense; each generating the wildest hopes and deepest disappointments. Climate change is now one of them: a burgeoning social fact."

Todd GitlinProfessor of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University

A Change in the Climate by Todd Gitlin, The Huffington Post/, Oct 2, 2014

SkS in the News

In his Slate article, Climate Science Is Settled Enough, Raymond T. Pierrehumbert pulls no punches in critiquing the Wall Street Journal’s fresh face of climate inaction, Steve Koonin. In doing so, Pierrehumbert links to two SkS articles:

Dana' Guardian post, Social media event – 97 hours of climate experts on the global warming consensus is referenced and linked to in Lisa Song's InsideClimate News article, Scientists to Explain 'Climate at Your Doorstep' at New Online Hub

SkS Spotlights

 97 Hours - Peter Gleick

Coming Soon on SkS 

  • Tackling global warming will improve health, save lives, and save money (John Abraham)
  • Underestimated ocean warming (Rob Painting)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #41A (John Hartz)
  • GWPF funder Lord Leach – relying on unreliable sources of global warming information (Dana)
  • The long hot tail of global warming - new thinking on the Eocene greenhouse climate (howardlee)
  • Bart Verheggen Interview: Scientists’ Views About Attribution Of Global Warming (CollinMaessen)
  • 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #41B (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

 2014 Poster 40 

SkS Week in Review

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Comments 1 to 3:

  1. Nice cartoon. Now we only have to wait for Russ R. to tell us that snowflakes are not really that big. :)

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  2. Agree, Bojan, one of the best cartoons I've seen for a while. Deserves special mention.

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  3. From the policy frontlines, I think recent selective misquoting of wikipedia by current Australian env minister Greg Hunt, proving him as totaly unfit for his job, did attract the attention os SkS readers.

    Now, it turns out Greg not only proved to be ill-informed science denier, but also deliberate obfuscator, because according to smh, BOM warned Greg Hunt about climate change before he cited Wikipedia. So Greg did not just forget to seek the scientific truth on the matter, he deliberately ignored the given truth, replacing it with his agenda. As a scientist, I can only follow Kerry Emmanuel's lead and say I am ashamed to be an Australian but I do precisely qualify that my shame is because we have such env minister.

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