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2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #16

Posted on 22 April 2018 by John Hartz

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Story of the Week...

What Is Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet?

A living carpet of microbes, dust and wind-blown soot is exacerbating ice melt as Arctic temperatures rise, and it's raising alarms about sea level rise.

Greenland Ice Sheet 

In the high-stakes race against sea level rise, understanding what's causing the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt is critical. The problem isn't just rising temperatures: soot from ships, wildfires and distant power plants, as well as dust and a living carpet of microbes on the surface of the ice, are all speeding up the melting.

Right now, predictions for sea level rise range from about 1 to 10 feet by 2100—a wide difference for coastal communities trying to plan seawalls and other protective measures.

The more we understand about how pollutants affect the ice, the more accurate those projections will be. So, let's take a look at what's happening on the ice sheet now—and the risks ahead. 

What Is Eating Away at the Greenland Ice Sheet? by Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News, Apr 19, 2018 

Toon of the Week...

 2018 Toon 16

SkS in the News...

In his article, Here’s what happens when you tell people the scientific consensus on climate change (Think Progress), Joe Romm wrote:

A 2016 study by the authors of seven different consensus studies found that while the consensus varies slightly depending on which experts are surveyed, “most of our studies [found] 97 percent consensus among publishing climate scientists,” as lead author John Cook of Skeptical Science explained.

The link embedded above is to the Advanced version of the SkS rebuttal article, The 97% consensus on global warming

Video of the Week...

In March, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History held a three-day Earth’s Temperature History Symposium that brought teachers, journalists, researchers and the public together to enhance their understanding of paleoclimate. During an evening lecture, Gavin Schmidt, climate modeler and director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Richard Alley, a world-famous geologist at Pennsylvania State University, explained how scientists use Earth’s past climates to improve the climate models we use to predict our future.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climates by Rachel E Gross,, Apr 16, 2018

Coming Soon on SkS...

  • Pruitt promised polluters EPA will value their profits over American lives (Dana)
  • Climate denial explained Part 3 (DPiepgrass )
  • The missing maths: the human cost of fossil fuels (Ploy A)
  • TV Meteorologists Warming to Climate Science (greenman)
  • New research this week (Ari)
  • 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #17 (John Hartz)
  • 2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #17 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week...

2018 Poster 16 

SkS Week in Review... 

97 Hours of Consensus...

97 Hours: Peter Cox 


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  1. Does anyone know how Tom Curtis is doing?  His extraordinary posts are missed on the board. 

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  2. Michael Sweet, for quite some time, I have been wondering the same thing, and have been keeping my fingers crossed.

    I though it would be fitting, if I referred to Tom Curtis's many good works — but on another thread (one that would not be eventually buried in obscurity, as is destined for all Global Warming Digests ! ).   Surely there could be no more appropriate thread than Climate Myth Number One !

    ( Michael, I was on the point of referring to Tom Curtis this week, but I was temporarily held back by your interesting contretemps with a certain gentleman of lengthy but disingenuous posting history. )

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  3. Michael Sweet @1 and Eclectic @2, thankyou for your kind enquiries.  I was not dead when last I noticed, although I am having problems with my health.  I have responded slightly more fully to Eclectic's other post.

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  4. Tom, I'm pleased to hear your Mark Twain-like reply.   Your posting history is gold-medal impressive.   And I dips me lid to you.

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  5. From the author of The Tao of Willie: an explanation of greenhouse gasses

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