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2016 SkS Weekly Digest #14

Posted on 3 April 2016 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... El Niño Impacts... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... SkS in the News... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

SkS Highlights

New survey finds a growing climate consensus among meteorologists by John Abraham (Climate Consensus - 97%, Guardian) attracted the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Global food production threatens to overwhelm efforts to combat climate change by Pep Canadell & Hanqin Tian (The Conversation) drew the second highest number. 

El Niño Impacts

Water levels may swell up to 80 per cent and could result in flooding as severe as 1998 disaster when the worst El Nino in history killed thousands and affected 220 million across 24 provinces, says flood control official

China’s Yangtze River to face catastrophic spring floods as near record El Nino strikes, South China Morning Post, Apr 1, 2016 

Toon of the Week

 2016 Toon 14

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week 

As it turns out, the faith community may have a marked advantage when it comes to dealing with global warming. According to University of British Columbia social psychologist and author Ara Norenzayan, religion primes cooperation. In his work, Norenzayan has found religious societies to be more cooperative than non-religious societies — particularly where a group's survival is threatened.

“Participation in religion seems to make people more likely to suppress self-interest in favor of group norms,” Norenzayan told me. He believes religion may have underwritten the growth of large societies by encouraging cooperation and preventing the exploitation of scarce resources, like water.

Why Faith Communities Might Be Our Best Hope for Fighting Climate Change by James Deaton, Sojouners, Mar 30, 2016

SkS in the News

Robin Andrews included Making Sense of Climate Science Denial in her IFLS article, Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE.

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump's fact bending claims by John Cook & Margaret Crane originally published in The Conversation US was republished in The Examiner and Independent Australia.

SkS Spotlights: (e) Science News

There is no human editor behind (e) Science News; it is powered by the (e) news engine, a fully automated artificial intelligence.

Its sole purpose is to ensure that you have access to the very latest and popular science breakthroughs. To achieve this, it constantly surfs the web to gather, regroup, categorize, tag and rank science news from all major science news sources.

It computes relationships between science articles and news found on the web using a vector space model and hierarchical clustering. It then automatically determines in which category each news item belongs using a Naive Bayes classifier. Finally, it examines multiple parameters (such as timeliness, rate of appearance on the web, number of sources reporting the news, etc) for each news group. The result is an (e) score which represents the relative importance of a news item.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • As goes Trump, so goes climate change (Dana)
  • Handy resources when facing a firehose of falsehoods (Baerbel)
  • Guest Post (John Abraham )
  • To meet the Paris climate goals, do we need to engineer the climate? Simon Nicholson&Michael Thompson)
  • After COP21: 7 Key Tasks to Implement the Paris Agreement (Eliza Northrop & Melisa Krnjaic)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #15 (John Hartz)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #15 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

 2016 Poster 14

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: Ulrike Lohmann

97 Hours: Ulrike Lohmann 


Ulrike Lohmann's bio page & Quote source (German)

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  1. Very good article in smh about the "silence" of the media about climate change:

    Tony Abbott's harmful legacy lives on in climate silence

    I fear whatever baby steps Obama has taken in his term (EPA regulations) will be ruined if any republican replaces him, just like Abbott ruined the carbon tax step introduced by Labor in Australia in 2012. Denial persits despite more than obvious symptoms, like bad health of GBR.

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    [JH] Thank you for the heads-up. I am posting a link to the article on the SkS Facebook page today.

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