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2016 SkS Weekly Digest #30

Posted on 24 July 2016 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

SkS Highlights

The best strategies to keep bodies cool in a heatwave, according to researchers by John Abraham (Climate Consensus-the 97%, Guardian) attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Study links heatwave deaths in London and Paris to climate change by Robert McSweeney (Carbon Brief) garnered the second highest number of comments.

Toon of the Week

2016 Toon 30 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week 

And the gist is that when it comes to extreme heat waves in general — heat waves that appear out of the norm in some way, for instance in their intensity, frequency, or duration — while scientists never say individual events are “caused” by climate change, they are getting less and less circumspect about making some connection.

“As predictable as the sunrise, some will say heat waves always happened,” said Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia and former president of the American Meteorological Society. “Yep, so did home runs in baseball, but the steroid era brought more and longer home runs. A new National Academies study suggests that ‘heat waves’ may be one of the primary climate change markers like home runs were in baseball.”

In other words, when a planet warms, the odds shift in favor of more intense or long lasting heat waves. That’s just plain logic.

What science can tell us about the links between global warming and massiveheat waves by Chris Mooney, Energy & Environment, Washington Post, July 21, 2016 

Graphic of the Week 

2016 Graphic 30 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.'  Really. (Dana)
  • More CO2 won’t help northern forests or stave off climate change (Noah Charney)
  • New research shows penguins will suffer in a warming world (John Abraham)
  • Analysis: How UK leaving the EU would increase climate targets for others (Simon Evans)
  • Sizzling Midwest Feels a Preview of a Hotter Future Climate (Bob Berwyn)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #31(John Hartz)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #31 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

2016 Graphic 30 

SkS Week in Review


97 Hours of Consensus: Michael Mann

97 Hours: Michael Mann 


Michael Mann's bio page

Quote derived with permission from author from:

"..the hockey stick is not one of the central lines of evidence for human-caused climate change. It wouldn't matter if there was no hockey stick or any Hockey League. There are now dozens of these sorts of reconstructions and they all come to the same basic conclusion: the recent warming does appear to be unprecedented as far back as we can go. But even if we didn't have that evidence we would still know that humans are warming the planet, changing the climate and that represents a threat if we don't do something about it." 

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Comments 1 to 3:

  1. Unfortunately, US Sen James Inhofe (R-OK) typifies this cartoon all too well. According to thinkprogress dot org, in 2012, the former head of the Senate Environment Committee told Rachel Maddow 

    “I was actually on your side of this issue when I was chairing that committee and I first heard about this. I thought it must be true until I found out what it cost.”

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  2. I love the Science vs Pseudoscience poster!  Thank you, thank you.  Tim

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    [JH] You're welcome.

  3. The comment counter in the Home page is completely busted.

    The article immediately preceding this one: "Study links heatwave deaths in London and Paris to climate change" has "-1 comments".

    the following article "These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really." has "7 comments", where in fact when you open it, you find only 4 comments therein.

    It'd be nice for an admin (preferably Bob) to look and fix this software glitch.

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