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2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #2

Posted on 15 January 2017 by John Hartz

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... SkS in the News... SkS Spotlights... Video of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... Climate Feedback Reviews... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

Story of the Week...

The rise of the machines isn’t the biggest threat to humanity. It’s climate change, extreme weather and other environmental factors.

The World Economic Forum surveyed 750 experts on what the most likely and impactful risks facing humanity are in 2017. In a report released Thursday, they ranked extreme weather as the most likely risk and the second-most impactful, trailing only the use of weapons of mass destruction. Climate change is responsible for driving an increase in the likelihood and intensity of extreme weather events, notably heat waves.

Failing to adapt to or mitigate climate change and a host of other climate-connected risks including water and food crises and involuntary migration also rank in the top 10.

Global Risk Landscape World Economic Forum

A matrix outlining the most likely and most impactful risks facing the world in 2017. Credit: World Economic Forum

Climate Change Is the World’s Biggest Risk, in 3 Charts by Brian Kahn, Climate Central, Jan 12, 2017

Toon of the Week...

 2017 Toon 2

Quote of the Week...

Mr. Pruitt, if confirmed, will take over the agency in an odd position: He has spent the last seven years suing it to block regulations that he would be expected to put into effect and enforce. Some legal scholars say he should recuse himself from major pending environmental matters, while groups like the Environmental Defense Fund are urging Congress to reject his confirmation.

“The president’s choices deserve a lot of deference from Congress and even environmental groups,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund. “But at some point when the nominee has spent his entire career attempting to dismantle environmental protections, it becomes unacceptable. That’s why Mr. Pruitt is the first E.P.A. nominee from either party that the Environmental Defense Fund has opposed in our 50-year history.”

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators by Eric Lipton & Coral Davenport, New York Times, Jan 14, 2017

Graphic of the Week...

Winter Warming Trends US  

Winter Warming Trends in the U.S., Climate Central, Jan 4, 20117

SkS in the News...

I'm in the process of writing up a longer post on climate change, something we know to be true based on scientific data.  Regardless of one's beliefs, the world's climate is warming and that warming is primarily caused by humans.  The data is absolutely clear on this.  Before digging deeper into this, however, I want to share with you an amazing website that helps clear up some of the misconceptions regarding climate change.  The name of the site is Skeptical Science. 

Climate Change -, Cool Science Dad, Jan 9, 2017 

SkS Spotlights...

The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan security and foreign policy institute with a distinguished Advisory Board of military, security and foreign policy experts, envisions a climate-resilient international security landscape. This is a world which recognizes that climate change threats to international security are significant and unprecedented, and acts to address those threats in a manner that is commensurate to their scale, consequence and probability. To further this goal, CCS facilitates policy development processes and dialogues, provides analysis, conducts research, and acts as a resource hub in the climate and security field.

Video of the Week...

CIA Director Designate Evasive on Climate Change, Climate Denial Crock of the Week, Jan 13, 2017

Coming Soon on SkS... 

  • Fact check: Rex Tillerson on climate risks (Dana)
  • It’s time to wake up to the devastating impact flying has on the environment (Roger Tyers)
  • Guest Post (John Abraham)
  • So what did-in the dinosaurs? An update. (Howard Lee)
  • ClimateChats: Climate Pictures (Adam Levy)
  • 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #3 (John Hartz)
  • 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Waming Digest #3 (John Hartz

Poster of the Week...

 2017 Poster 2

Climate Feedback Reviews... 

Climate Feedback asked its network of scientists to review the article, Ocean acidification: yet another wobbly pillar of climate alarmism by James Delingpole, Spectator. April 20, 2016. Six scientists analyzed the article and estimated its overall scientific credibility to be 'very low'.

Click here to access the detailed review. 

SkS Week in Review... 

97 Hours of Consensus...

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  1. And that "other planet" would be.....?

    The absurd pretense of space travel being some sort of answer to any imaginable question flies in the face of reducing carbon emissions.  All that space technology consumes tons of fossil fuels all over the globe.   How is it that the most ardent supporters of anthropogenic climate change (formerly "global warming") fail so miserably to practice what they preach?    Al Gore globe trots the world over.  Barack Obama flies Air Force One to Hawaii for every Christmas vacation, with his massive entourage, and takes it to Florida for a round of golf with Tiger Woods.  Then he's off to Los Angeles to appear on a late night talk show.  Billions of tax dollars, and CO2 pounds for worldwide vacations, all the time.

    "Researchers" flie and drive around the world, willy nilly, as if their "work" is so critical to mankind's existence.  The Hollywood  Glitterati preach one thing and then take limos to their private jets, for getaways on huge yachts or foreign homes.  The hypocrisy is insufferable.

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  2. So, RenaissanceMan, which do you think is more insufferable: the actual physical global warming which is going on — or the hypocrisy of those who are using jet planes?    Or the hypocrisy of those who conflate these two separate concepts?

    Do Einstein's personal flaws mean that his Relativity ideas are wrong?

    Your argument falls on its face, RenaissanceMan.

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  3. +Eclectic... got that right... sad part is, we need global dimming or... :-/

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