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2016 SkS Weekly Digest #7

Posted on 14 February 2016 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights... El Niño's Duration... Toon of the Week... Quote 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...

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SkS Highlights

John Abram's The gutting of CSIRO climate change research is a big mistake and Dana's No climate conspiracy: NOAA temperature adjustments bring data closer to pristine each attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week

El Niño's Duration

El Niño is forecast to weaken through the spring with conditions in the equatorial Pacific Ocean potentially transitioning to La Niña next fall, according to the latest monthly outlook issued Thursday by NOAA. 

Strong El Niño Will Weaken and Could Transition to La Niña This Fall, NOAA Says by John Erdman & and Chris Dolce, The Weather Channel, Feb 11, 2016

Toon of the Week

2016 Toon 7 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists 

Quote of the Week 

"Carbon pollution from the electric sector has been declining over the past several years," said Joanne Spalding, chief climate counsel of the Sierra Club. "And as we transition from dirty fossil energy to clean renewable energy that trend will continue independent of the Clean Power Plan."

"The Supreme Court's order staying the plan will not affect our ability to achieve our international commitments," she said.

Clean Power Advocates Downplay Supreme Court's Damage to Paris Accord by John H Cushman Jr, InsideClimate News, Feb 12, 2016

He Said What?

CSIRO head Larry Marshall has sought to defend deep cuts to climate science programs after days of sustained criticism, saying global warming research was "one piece of a much larger puzzle" in solving Australia's biggest challenges.

CSIRO head Larry Marshall defends climate research cuts as angry scientists protest in Melbourne, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 8, 2016

SkS in the News

More important may be the “consensus gap” – the mismatch between those who think the science isn’t settled and the reality that it is. While there is a 97 per cent consensus among experts that climate change is primarily human caused, seven in 10 teachers put the figure at less than 80 per cent. 

Hey US science teachers, leave those climate myths alone by Michael Mann, New Scientist, Feb 11, 2016

SkS Spotlights

Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy. 

Coming Soon on SkS

  • Republicans' favorite climate chart has some serious problems (Dana)
  • Checking Ted Cruz's climate science denial howlers (Graham Readfearn)
  • Guest Post by John Abraham
  • Explainer: how surface and satellite temperature records compare (Roz Pidcock)
  • This climate scientist has worked hard to get a date (Howard Lee)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #8 (John Hartz)
  • 2016 SkS Weekly Digest #8 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week

2016 Poster 7 

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: John Mitchell

97 Hours: John Mitchell 


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  1. An interesting essay on people's perception of the weight of expert consensus;

    Why People Are Confused About What Experts Really Think

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