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2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #6

Posted on 10 February 2019 by John Hartz

Story of the Week... Opinion of the Week... Toon of the Week... Warming Signs... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 

Story of the Week...

Assessing the Global Climate in 2018

For the globe, 2018 becomes fourth warmest year on record


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December’s combined global land and ocean average surface temperature departure from average was the second warmest December in the 139-year record. With 11 of 12 monthly global land and ocean temperature departures from average ranking among the five warmest for their respective months, 2018 became the fourth warmest year in NOAA's 139-year record.

This summary from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.

In a separate analysis of global temperature data, released today, NASA scientists also determined 2018 to be the fourth warmest year on record. Analyses from the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization ranked 2018 among the top four warmest years on record.

Assessing the Global Climate in 2018, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, Feb 6, 2019

Opinion of the Week...

Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young

Property prices, pensions and austerity will pale into insignificance compared with the effects of global warming on the next generation 


 Illustration by Bill Bragg  

One of the strange things that happens when you start work on a novel is that you realise what’s been preoccupying you – sometimes without you knowing it. I was about a third of the way into my new novel, The Wall, when I discovered that I was completely obsessed by intergenerational inequality. In particular, by the question of intergenerational inequality linked to climate change. Who knew? Certainly not me.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with intergenerational inequality. At least, there’s nothing wrong with the version of it that existed in the developed world for much of the 20th century. That kind of inequality was based on the idea that life should be gradually better, from one generation to another – more secure, more prosperous, healthier, longer. That means that children got a better deal than their parents, but that was fine; indeed, in this version of the social contract, that was the whole point.

Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young, Opinion by John Lanchester, Comment is Free, Guardian, Feb 6, 2019 

Toon of the Week...

 2019 Toon 6

Warming Signs...

Coming Soon on SkS...

  • Studies shed new light on Antarctica’s future contribution to sea level rise (Robert McSweeney)
  • A Duplicitous Minister? (Riduna)
  • On Buying Insurance, and Ignoring Cost-Benefit Analysis (Frank Ackerman)
  • Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2018 (Robert McSweeney)
  • New research this week (Ari)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #7 (John Hartz)
  • 2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #7 (John Hartz)

Poster of the Week...

2019 Poster 6

SkS Week in Review...

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  1. Never trust a priest or a physicist. Don't believe in things you don't understand.

    *Earth's Oceans Lost In Space* - Nature Communications 2016

    *Greenhouse Gases Boil Oceans Away* - Motherboard 2016

    Planets with too much carbon dioxide could lose oceans to space - New Scientist 2016
    > Ocean loss due to vapor drift takes millions of year, but will happen likely sooner.

    Stephen Hawking, All of Earth's oceans boil away into nothing - Inverse 2017
    > Everybody says his deathbed message is wrong, he can't defend himself.

    > Most interesting, earth leaks 90 tons/day into space at the poles. When magnetic poles flip, we can end up with as many as 7 poles roaming the earth all at once, lasting as long a thousand years, taking decades to pass overhead. This is especially interesting if crustal rebound affects gravity which may affect molten flux which affects magnetic flux. Or whatever.

    > Another interesting factor is lower stratospheric mid-latitude ozone depletion in conjunction with magnetic field weakening. While the Antarctic ozone hole is mending the lower mid-latitude stuff has never stopped depleting, and that's where the majority of this stuff is. We never could detect the decline there until we got some new fancy ass space junk up there.

    We’re Boiling the Ocean Faster Than We Thought - Intelligencer 2019
    By Eric Levitz The Intelligencer > boring 2019
    > Illustrates we're not as smart as we like to think.

    Several billion years ago Venus had oceans and atmospheric oxygen - Daily Star 2019
    > The author is a physicist. I trust him, a little.

    Rapid discharge of the earth-space battery foretells the future of humankind - PNAS 2015
    > No trees no air. The vacuum of space sits down on Gaia's face.

    Earth will not be fine without us...

    unless you are subterranean bacteria.

    cut 'n paste this post to people who say:


    I used all caps cuz young people hate that

    This is so new, I didn't watch it yet.

    *The Vomitorium*

    *The Dumpster*

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    [PS] There might be gems in there but it looks like a gish gallop without any coherent argument. You are advised to pick a particular point you want to make. Find an appropriate thread for posting and then make your case using links to support your argument not make it.

    Use the link tool in the comment editor to create your links, pasting in a URL directly into a comment doesnt work.

  2. 0.79 plus or minus 0.15 degre celcius for land-ocean, so we are between the second and ninght year for the record with 100 %. We could even be the first  if the the 2016, 2015 and 2017 temperature are in their bottom uncertainties range and this year at the top !

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