2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #4
Posted on 29 January 2017 by John Hartz
Story of the Week... La Niña Update... 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... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...
Story of the Week...
Last weekend, a massive milieu of women in pink hats descended on Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March. The next big protest being planned for the nation’s capital could involve a sea of lab coats (and likely a few pink hats as well).
Scientists at the 2014 People's Climate March in New York. Credit: Joe Brusky/flickr
Organizers started a private Facebook group and Twitter account on Monday. By Wednesday afternoon, the former boasted more than 300,000 members and the latter had nearly 55,000 followers. A public Facebook page had more than 11,000 likes just five hours after going online. The explosion of support caught organizers off guard, but they’re meeting this weekend to discuss details about the date and full mission statement.
The march would be the latest in a string of actions taken by scientists following Donald Trump’s election and his inauguration as president. His administration has been widely viewed as hostile to science — from the transition period through hearings for his cabinet nominees through silencing key federal science agencies and freezing grants.
“This is not a partisan issue. People from all parts of the political spectrum should be alarmed by these efforts to deny scientific progress,” Caroline Weinberg, a medical researcher who is helping organize the march, said. “Scientific research moves us forward and we should not allow asinine policies to thwart it.”
Scientists Are Planning the Next Big Washington March by Brian Kahn, Climate Central, Jan 25, 2017
Toon of the Week...
La Niña Update...
It is time to say goodbye to La Niña, and possibly hello to El Niño again later in the year.
Ever since the record-setting El Niño of late 2015 started winding down early last year, commodity markets have been fully focused on the La Niña that forecasters had predicted would dominate late 2016 and potentially much of 2017.
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or ENSO, is one of the most followed global climatic features, as its cool phase La Niña and warm phase El Niño have somewhat contrasting effects on weather patterns worldwide.
El Niño may return in 2017 by Kearen Braun, Reuters/Daily Mail, Jan 26, 2017
Quote of the Week...
“Donald Trump has been in office for four days and he’s already proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared he would be,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the environmental organisation the Sierra Club.
“Simply put, Donald Trump is who we thought he is: a person who will sell off Americans’ property and tribal rights, clean air and safe water to corporate polluters.”
Resurrection of Keystone and DAPL cements America's climate antagonism by Oliver Milman, Guardian, Jan 24, 2017
Graphic of the Week...
2016 Was the Hottest Year on Record, Climate Central, Jan 18, 2017
SkS in the News...
It's possible to 'vaccinate' Americans against fake news, experiment shows by Sean Greene, Los Angeles Times, qutoes John Cook via Dana Nuccitelli's article, Study: real facts can beat 'alternative facts' if boosted by inoculation, Climate Consensus - the 97%, Guardian.
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Video of the Week...
Michael Hoffmann of the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions gave a talk October 13, 2016 as part of the Soil and Crop Sciences Section seminar series. Find more seminar videos at http://sips.cals.cornell.edu
Michael Hoffmann: Climate change: A call to action! by Michael Hoffman, Cornell University, Jan 24, 2017
Coming Soon on SkS...
- Fact Check: Trump's Cabinet Nominees on Human-Caused Global Warming (Dana)
- Trump copies Bush censorship playbook, but scientists aren’t standing for it (Dana)
- Global warming hiatus claims prebunked (Ari Jokimaki)
- Guest Post (John Abraham)
- A message to Trump from and a support group for climate scientists (Colin Maessen)
- 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #5 (John Hartz)
- 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Waming Digest #5 (John Hartz)
Poster of the Week...
SkS Week in Review...
- 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #4 by John Hartz
- Joint Statements on Climate Change from National Academies of Science Around the World by Peter Gleick (Significant Figures)
- We may be closer than we thought to dangerous climate thresholds by John Abraham (Climate Consensus - the 97%, Guardian)
- From the eMail Bag: Abrupt Climate Change in Greenland's Past? by David Kirtley
- Study: real facts can beat 'alternative facts' if boosted by inoculation by Dana Nuccitelli (Climate Consensus - the 97%, Guardian)
- We’re now breaking global temperature records once every three years by Dana Nuccitelli (Climate Consensus - the 97%, Guardian)
- 2017 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #3 by John Hartz
97 Hours of Consensus...