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2015 SkS Weekly Digest #39

Posted on 27 September 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... El Niño Watch... Vision of the Week... Quote of the Week... He Said What?... Poster of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... SkS Week in Review... and 97 Hours of Consensus: Michael Raupach

SkS Highlights

Scientists Respond  To Tol’s Misrepresentation Of Their Consensus Research by Collin Maessen attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Climate change set to fuel more "monster" El Niños, scientists warn by Roz Pidcock and Tracking the 2C Limit - August 2015 by Rob Honeycutt each garnered the secondhighst number of comments. 

El Niño Watch

Vision of the Week

2015 Toon 39 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

Pope Francis addressed one of the thorniest issues in American politics on Wednesday with a White House speech explicitly supporting Barack Obama’s plan to cut carbon emissions and chastising climate change deniers for failing in their duty to protect our “common home”.

In a tougher-than-expected call for action on global warming, the spiritual leader of more than 70 million American Catholics defied calls among some Republicans to steer clear of politics by making clear he believed this was a moral issue.

“Climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation,” said the pope, who invited contrast with the civil rights struggle by invoking the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr in support of his argument.

Barack Obama introduced the welcoming ceremony, the pope’s first public event of the six-day trip to the United States, as a moment to “shake our conscience from slumber”.

Pope Francis calls for urgent action on climate change in White House speech by Dan Roberts in Washington & Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Rome, The Guardian, Sep 23, 2015

He Said What?

Jeb Bush may not be very good at running for president. But he has a remarkable talent for wedging his foot in his mouth.

The former front runner in the race for the Republican presidential nomination – who not struggles to get above single digits in the polls – has frequently played the fool on the 2016 campaign trail.

But he will have a hard time topping his argument against accepting Pope Francis’ counsel on the need to fight climate change. After the pontiff urged members of Congress to engage with the rest of the world in “courageous actions and strategies” to combat global warming, Bush declared that the pope’s call should be disregarded.

Why? Because, Bush announced, “He’s not a scientist, he’s a religious leader.”

Bush, who is Catholic and who has attended mass with Pope Francis, needs to study up on the pontiff’s background in science. And on the rigorous research that underpins the pope’s advocacy on climate-change issues.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Drought stunts tree growth for four years, study says (Robert McSweeny)
  • Is the fossil fuel industry, like the tobacco industry, guilty of racketeering? (Dana)
  • The myth about Broecker and the origin of the term Global Warming (Ari Jokimäki)
  • The pope, climate change and the cultural dimensions of the Anthropocene (Andrew J Hoffman)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #40 (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #40 (John Hartz) 

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 39 

Source: TckTckTck 

SkS Week in Review

97 Hours of Consensus: Michael Raupach

97 Hours: Michael Rapauch

Michael Raupach's bio page

Quote shortened from:

"There is overwhelming evidence that human-induced climate change is already real and will increase. Climate science shows what is needed to limit warming to about 2C, and restrict impacts on rainfall, extreme events, ecosystems and more: global greenhouse gas emissions have to be cut by around 60% by 2050 (80% for Australia) with continued decreases after that."


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