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2015 SkS Weekly Digest #13

Posted on 29 March 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

MarkR's New measurements confirm extra heating from our carbon dioxide garnered the highest number of comments among the articles posted on SkS during the past week. John Abraham's One satellite data set is underestimating global warming attracted the second highest and John Mason's The UK winter of 2014-15: another Tabloid FAIL the third. 

Blog Posts of Note

I won't go over every mistake Richard (Tol) has made, while flailing about looking for his "something wrong". Many of them have been well documented already. In addition to Friday's HW article, there are more demolitions at HotWhopper (here and here and here and here), at SkepticalScience (here), in a booklet by John Cook and colleagues (here) and in a rebuttal paper to Richard Tol (here) as well as an article in The Guardian by Dana Nuccitelli (here).

The fall and fall of Gish galloping Richard Tol's smear campaign by by Sou, HotWhopper, Mar 29, 2015

Richard Tol has another article about how claims of a scientific consensus don’t stand up (you can read it here if you really want to). It’s the standard message that he’s been promoting for quite some time now and I really can’t bring myself to point out the flaws again; it’s just getting tedious. I’m also tired of always being a critic. I thought I might, instead, try to write something a bit more positive. 

Persistence!, and Then There's Physics, Mar 26, 2015

Richard (Tol) is obsessed with the study by John Cook et al, which determined that almost all scientific papers on climate science, which attributed a cause to global warming, attributed it to human activity. Now anyone who's kept up with climate science knows that's a no-brainer. There is no doubt that the current global warming is caused by us. Richard himself doesn't doubt it.

Deconstructing the 97% self-destructed Richard Tol by Sou, HotWhopper, Mar 27, 2015 

Toon of the Week

2015 SkS Toon 13 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

The heavy rainfall that battered Chile's usually arid north this week happened because of climate change, a senior meteorologist said, as the region gradually returns to normal after rivers broke banks and villages were cut off.

"For Chile, this particular system can only be possible in an environment of a changed climate," Deputy Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization Jeremiah Lengoasa told Reuters on a visit to Santiago on Friday.

Chile desert rains sign of climate change: chief weather scientist by Rosalba O'Brien, Reuters, Mar 27, 2015 

SkS in the News

Exploding the myths involving climate change, an op-ed by the Editorial Board of the Florida Times-Unoion includes: 

A study by Skeptical Science of more than 12,000 peer-reviewed abstracts on the subjects of global warming and global climate change published between 1991 and 2011 found that of the papers taking a position on the cause of global warming, more than 97 percent agreed that humans are causing it. 

In his Climate Progress article, Ted Cruz Compares Himself to Galileo, Calls Those Who Believe In Climate Change ‘Flat-Earthers’, Ari Philips quotes from and links to the SkS rebuttal article, Climate 'Skeptics' are like Galileo

Coming Soon on SkS 

  • Global warming and drought are turning the Golden State brown (Dana)
  • A Current Sharp Spike in Sea Level Rise (Rob Painting)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #14A (John Hartz)
  • Matt Ridley is wrong again on fossil fuels (ATTP)
  • Guest Post (John Abraham)
  • We must defend science if we want a prosperous future (Barry Jones)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #14A (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #14 (John Hartz) 

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 13 

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: Heidi Cullen

97 Hours: Heidi Cullen

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  1. I'm not entirely convinced about the ice in the glass on the left... unless it's D2O or H218O.

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  2. ...or D218O...

    Or frozen to the bottom of the glass!

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  3. The ice could also be air free with enough of the top cube out of the water that it is holding down the rest of the cubes. This can occur in a tumbler where the cubes are kept from shifting sideways to rise to the surface.

    However, given the number of cubes shown below the surface in the image almost the entire top cube would have to be out of the water, unless the water was very warm.

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  4. Or, it could just be a cartoon using artistic license :)

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  5.  D218O ?

    Why stop there? We could have Tritium instead, and the liquid could be methanol. (As the half life for Tritium's Beta decay is about 12.3 years, it shouldn't melt the ice too quickly.)

    This does, however, add a whole new dimension to the term "getting blind drunk".

    cheers      bill f  (completely teetotal, except when not)

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