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2015 SkS Weekly Digest #5

Posted on 1 February 2015 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Climate researcher Bart Strengers wins wager with climate sceptic Hans Labohm, a guest post article by Bart Strengers drew the highnest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.

El Niño Watch

ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch ENSO-neutral conditions continue.*

Positive equatorial sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies continue across most of the Pacific Ocean.

There is an approximately 50-60% chance of El Niño conditions during the next two months, with ENSO-neutral favored thereafter.* 

* Note: These statements are updated once a month in association with the ENSO Diagnostics Discussion, which can be found by clicking here.

ENSO: Recent Evolution, Current Status and Predictions, Update prepared by: Climate Prediction Center / NCEP 26 January 2015

Toon of the Week

2015 Toon 5 

Quote of the Week

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Friday she hoped Pope Francis' upcoming message to his flock on the environment would help galvanize concern about climate change and convince sceptics that "the science is real".

EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, visiting the Vatican to discuss climate change, said U.S. President Barack Obama shared the pope's belief that it was a moral issue because its effects would be felt most by the poorest and weakest nations.

"The pope knows his own beliefs and I want him to know that the president is aligned with him on these issues," she told reporters."He (Pope Francis) is really a pastoral influence and ... there are issues that we can and should face together."

U.S. EPA chief hopes pope will spur concern on climate change by Philip Pullella, Reuters, Jan 30, 2015

SkS in the News

The SkS Escalator grahpic is prominently displayed in Tom Chivers's Buzzfeed article, Why 2014 Was The Hottest Year Ever, But The Met Office Can’t Say So.

In his DeSmog Blog post, MedievalDeception 2015: Inhofe Drags Senate Back To Dark Ages, John Mashey directs readers to three SkS rebuttal articles:

SkS Spotlights

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Coming Soon on SkS

  • Cowtan and Way 2014: Hottest or not? (Kevin C)
  • Republicans have one option to eliminate EPA carbon regulations (Dana)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #6A (John Hartz)
  • Claims that climate models overestimate warming are "unfounded", study shows (Roz Pidcock)
  • Guest post (John Abraham)
  • Meeting two degree climate target means 80 per cent of world's coal is "unburnable", study says (Roz Pidcock)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #6A (John Hartz)
  • 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #6 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 5

H/t to Bernie Sanders photo  

SkS Week in Review

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