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2016 SkS Weekly Digest #35

Posted on 28 August 2016 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... Rebuttal Article Update... 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

Using the metric of comments garnered, Naïve empiricism and what theory suggests about errors in observed global warming by Victor Venema was the most popular of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. (Click here to access the profile of Victor posted on his website, Variable Variability.)  

Toon of the Week

 2016 Toon 35

Quote of the Week 

July was the hottest month in recorded history, by a lot, and August isn’t looking any better.  So how do we interpret that? What does it mean?

I’m no scientist. In my 30 years as a businessperson, though, I’ve learned that the best decisions require looking at all of the available data and trends. You seldom have the complete analysis that a scientist would require — events unfold quickly.

Instead, businesspeople often must make decisions on the basis of imperfect information. A responsible chief executive knows two things: that a decision not to act is a decision, and that no competent leader risks the health of the entire enterprise by failing to take necessary steps, even ones that are painful.

- Tom Steyer, founder of the advocacy group NextGen Climate.

Can progress on climate change keep up with its quickening pace?, Op-ed by Tom Steyer, Washington Post, Aug 26, 2016 

Graphics of the Week

Sixteen years of change in the global human footprint 

The human footprint map measures the cumulative impact of direct pressures on nature from human activities. It includes eight inputs:

  • the extent of built environments,
  • crop land,
  • pasture land,
  • human population density,
  • night-time lights,
  • railways,
  • roads, and
  • navigable waterways. 

He Said What?

The Spectator is one of the oldest English language magazines on the planet, established in London in 1828.  Chances are if you’ve never read it, you’ve probably heard of it.

The Marine Biologist magazine, on the other hand, was only launched in 2013. With no disrespect to the good people there, chances are you’ve neither heard of it, read it or are aware of its very existence.

But earlier this week the Marine Biologist’s website published an eviscerating 2,500-word analysis of an April column that had appeared in The Spectator.

The column, written by climate science denier and polemicist James Delingpole, had tried to claim the science linking the burning of fossil fuels to the acidification of our oceans was “fatally flawed”.

Marine life, claimed Delingpole, had “nothing to fear” from ocean acidification.

Published back in April, Delingpole strung together what must, to some, have seemed a compelling narrative.

He had citations, “experts” and more scientific terminology than you could shake a stick at (or a copy of Marine Biologist, if you had one handy).

The problem?

Almost everything that could be factually wrong, is wrong,” wrote Dr Phillip Williamson, on the website of your new favourite magazine, the Marine Biologist.

Coordinator of UK Ocean Acidification Research Attacks The Spectator for 'Willfully Misleading' James Delingpole Column by Graham Readfearn, DeSmog, Aug 26, 2016

SkS Spotlights

Founded by Tom Styer, NextGen Climate acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.

Coming Soon on SkS

  • California has urged President Obama and Congress to tax carbon pollution (Dana)
  • An update on methane emissions from fracking in the US (gws)
  • Guest Post (John Abraham)
  • An Open Letter to the (Australian) Prime Minister on the climate crisis, from 154 scientists (Andrew Glikson)
  • Range anxiety? Today’s electric cars can cover vast majority of daily U.S. driving needs (Jessica Trancik)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #36 (John Hartz)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #36 (John Hartz)  

Poster of the Week

2016 Poster #35

SkS Week in Review

97 Hours of Consensus: Maureen Raymo

 97 Hours: Maureen Raymo


Maureen Raymo's bio page

Quote derived with permission from author from:

"... everything I’ve learned about the dynamism of the planet’s climate places me, like most all of my colleagues, strongly in the camp that says we need to take preventive action to keep the planet from warming further. I am extremely concerned that we’ve made such large changes in the composition of our atmosphere with so little understanding of the consequences. The path we are on is completely anomalous to anything that has gone before." 

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  1. On the mitigation front in OZ, Turnbull gov seems to be continuing discredited policy of his predecessor:

    Climate Change Authority's key report 'neglects to join the dots', critic says

    In an unprecedented move, two of the authority's 10 members – climate scientist David Karoly and public ethics professor Clive Hamilton – plan to release a dissent report within days to highlight their disagreements with the final study.

    Thank you David & Clive. I'm looking forward to it.

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