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2016 SkS Weekly Digest #16

Posted on 17 April 2016 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... He Said What?... SkS in the News... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

SkS Highlights

It’s settled: 90–100% of climate experts agree on human-caused global warming by Dana Nuccitelli, (Climate Consensus - the 97%, Guardian) attracted the most comments among the articles posted on SkS during the past week. The gist of the article: 

Studies into scientific consensus on climate change

This SkS graphic summarises the studies into scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, that look at expert opinion of either climate scientists who have published peer-reviewed climate research, or peer-reviewed climate papers.

Toon of the Week

 2016 Toon 16

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

Meeting the goals of a new global agreement to tackle climate change will require social change on an almost unprecedented scale, sustainable investment experts said on Thursday.

That includes shifting trillions of dollars each year into renewable energy - up from $345 billion last year - and making everything from transport to agriculture and consumer products much greener very quickly.

"This is about scale. It is about timing. It is about scope. We cannot move 500 companies and 200 investors in a few countries. We need to move everything," said Mindy Lubber, president of Ceres, a U.S.-based business sustainability group.

Failure to make big shifts fast would amount to putting our children and grandchildren in the path of a speeding bus, she told the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford.

"We would each throw ourselves in front of a bus if it was coming at our child, regardless of our politics," she said. "We have got to change this debate so people understand... climate change is that bus."

To curb climate change, "we need to move everything" - investors by Laurie Goering, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Apr 14, 2016

He Said What?

"Climate change is the perfect pseudoscientific theory for a power-hungry politician because it can never be disproven," he* said. 

*US Sen Ted Crux (R-TX) and candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Global warming 'religion' costs too high: Ted Cruz by Matthew J. Belvedere, CNBC, Apr 15, 2016

SkS in the News

Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming, Cook et al, Environmental Research LettersVolume 11Number 4 ( Published 13 April 2016 • © 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd) has generated a slew of articles in the media and blogosphere. A list of those articles will be published as an Appendix to next week's Weekly Digest

SkS Spotlights

Global Warming Explained is one of the many Card Stacks created by the staff of the Vox e-magazine. The Global Warming Eplained cardstack consists of 20 electronic index cards that present a condensed answer to commonly asked questions about manmade climate change.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • World’s largest Earth science organization to continue accepting ExxonMobil sponsorship despite calls from 250+ geoscientists (Ben Scandella)
  • New study: humans have caused all the global warming since 1950 (Dana)
  • Explainer: 10 ways ‘negative emissions’ could slow climate change (Carbon Brief Staff)
  • Handy resources when facing a firehose of falsehoods (Baerbel)
  • Climate Bet for Charity, 2016 Update (Rob Honeycutt)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #17 (John Hartz)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #17 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

 2016 Poster 16

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: Jim Salinger

97 Hours: Jim Salinger


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