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2015 SkS Weekly Digest #21

Posted on 24 May 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Why the 97 per cent consensus on climate change still gets challenged by Andy Skuce garnered the highest number of comments of the artilces posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's Congress manufactures doubt and denial in climate change hearing attracted the second highest number of comments. 

El Niño Watch

El Niño could bring drought and famine in west Africa, scientists warn by Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian, May 21, 2015

May Climate Briefing: El Niño Heating Up by Elisabeth Gawthrop, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, May 22, 2015

El Niño 2015 considered rare, aims to rewrite heat records by Scott Sutherland, The Weather Network, May 23, 2015 

Toon of the Week

 2015 Toon 21

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

Dr Kevin Trenberth, who was a lead author on the 2001 and 2007 IPCC reports which won a Nobel Prize, said: “Climate change is a serious problem in the longer term, and the best way to address it is to limit fossil fuel use: keep the fossil fuels in the ground. It is important for foundations to take a responsible view of this problem.”

Leading health charities should divest from fossil fuels, say climate scientists by Karl MathiesenHarry Davies and James Ball, The Guardian, May 23, 2015

SkS in the News

The following questions was posted on Yahoo Answers:

Why can't oil funded politicians go to instead of wasting tax funded scientists time answering their stupid questions?

Some of the responses are rather humorous.

NASA has added: 

J. Cook, et al, "Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature,"Environmental Research Letters Vol. 8 No. 2, (June 2013)DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024

to its list of documents supporting its Consensus webpage.

SkS Spotlights: International Research Institute for Climate and Society

The mission of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. The IRI conducts this mission through strategic and applied research, education, capacity building, and by providing forecasts and information products with an emphasis on practical and verifiable utility and partnership.

The IRI was established as a cooperative agreement between NOAA's Climate Program Office and Columbia University. It is part of The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and is located at the Lamont Campus.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Spoiled ballots, spoiled views: an election snapshot from Powys, Wales, UK(John Mason)
  • Memo to Jeb Bush: denying human-caused global warming is ignorant (Dana)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #22A (John Hartz)
  • Sea level is rising fast – and it seems to be speeding up (Christopher Watson, John Church & Matt King)
  • Scientists discuss how strongly a warming Arctic is implicated in extreme weather (Robert McSweeney)
  • The Carbon Brief interview: Prof Dame Julia Slingo OBE (Leo Hickman)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #22A (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #22 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 21 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

SkS Week in Review

97 Hours of Consensus: Keith Shine

97 Hours: Keith Shine


Keith Shine's bio page & Quote source

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  1. Interesting article about peer reviewed articles from Singapore

    Prof, no one is reading you

    Most memorable quotes from therein:

    Up to 1.5 million peer-reviewed articles are published annually. However, many are ignored even within scientific communities - 82 per cent of articles published in humanities are not even cited once. No one ever refers to 32 per cent of the peer-reviewed articles in the social and 27 per cent in the natural sciences.

    If a paper is cited, this does not imply it has actually been read. According to one estimate, only 20 per cent of papers cited have actually been read

    If academics want to have an impact on policymakers and practitioners, they must consider popular media, which has been ignored by them.

    So while I don't believe peer reviewed literature should die, SkS is the way to go on top of it.

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  2. So while I don't believe peer reviewed literature should die,
    SkS is the way to go on top of it.

    Yes, there are plenty of blogs and sites dedicated to various sciences and their specialities but SkepticalScience's format of Question and Basic+Intermediate+Advanced Answer is a wonderful model. Incorporating it would be a fine strategy for scaling the ladders of quality, accessibility and appeal.

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