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2015 SkS Weekly Digest #18

Posted on 3 May 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Inoculating against science denial by John Cook generated the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Matthew England's The climate 'hiatus' doesn’t take the heat off global warming garnered the second highest number of comments.

Toon of the Week

 2015 Toon 18

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

“For Francis, his uniqueness as an authority resides in the quite remarkable moral capital he’s built up from the start,” Morrill* says. “People in governments – and not just Christian and Catholics, but people in the UN and other bodies – people have made a judgement perceiving his personal moral authority and wisdom and knowledge of our times. That is what bears the authority – there’s the objective moral authority of the papacy, but this other authority, I think, that is making all the difference.” 

*Bruce Morrill, the Edward A. Malloy professor of Catholic studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn., who is also a Catholic priest.

Pope Francis and climate change: why Catholic skeptics are so alarmed (+video) by Harry Bruinius, Christian Science Monitor, Apr 28, 2015 

SkS in the News

The Austin Monitor article, Zimmerman rejects briefing by climate scientist, documents an exchange between an Austin City Coucilman and Prof Katharine Hayhoe about the vlidity of climate science. Per the article, 

Hayhoe referred him to a website called, saying that it has answered every major question about climate science. 

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The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet. The Forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for  participating governments to act together to deal with global climate change.

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  • Week 1 of the Denial101x MOOC (John Cook)
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  • Pause in global warming optimism needed, new research shows (Dana)
  • World's plants and soils to switch from carbon sink to source by 2100, study shows (Robert McSweeney)
  • Guest post (John Abraham)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #19B (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #19 (John Hartz) 

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 2015 Poster 18

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97 Hours of Consensus: Matthew England

97 Hours: Matthew England

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  1. Good grief!  Monkton is now claiming that global warming is a "political issue" and as such, the Pope should not get involved.  Why didnt Monkton tell us this before?  I always though it was a matter of science!

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