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2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #11

Posted on 17 March 2024 by BaerbelW, Doug Bostrom, John Hartz

A listing of 35 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, March 10, 2024 thru Sat, March 16, 2024.

Story of the week

Image CW11This week we'll give you a little glimpse into how we collect links to share and eventually wrap them up into this weekly compilation. This all started as a manual process where members from our team - especially John Hartz - scoured the internet looking for worthwhile articles to share on our Facebook page. To share that load, we also created a Google form via which articles could be submitted for the publication queue. As the submissions end up in a Google sheet, it is easy enough to use some sheet functions to build the post content for Facebook and elsewhere. It is also possible to build the underlying HTML-code needed for bullet lists items.

Scouring the internet for articles and building this blog post was however still a more or less manual and somewhat time-consuming process. This is when Doug Bostrom had a few very good ideas:

  1. Make use of publications' RSS-feeds to help with identifying suitable articles to share
  2. Run a script once per hour to generate an updated list of articles also indicating the ones already queued
  3. Partially automate filling-out the Google form based on the RSS feed information
  4. Use a script to build the below bullet list grouped by publication dates of the articles

Each of these steps leverages some aspect of the Google sheet, making everything fall into place nicely so that we can more efficiently identify and share articles we deem interesting. Obviously, there's also still the option to manually add items missed by the already wide-ranging RSS feeds!

Stories we promoted this week, by publication date:

Before March 10

March 10

March 11

March 12

March 13

March 14

March 15

  • Talk Isn’t Cheap: The Power of Conversation, Climate One, Greg Dalton and Arian Brocious. As heat waves, storms, droughts and wildfires continue to worsen, talking can seem like a seriously insufficient climate solution. Are we just engaged in blah, blah, blah?
  • You flood it, you pay for it., The Crucial Years, Bill McKibben. States are considering 'climate superfund' laws to hold Big Oil accountable
  • Why Is the Sea So Hot?, The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert. A startling rise in sea-surface temperatures suggests that we may not understand how fast the climate is changing.

March 16

If you happen upon high quality climate-science and/or climate-myth busting articles from reliable sources while surfing the web, please feel free to submit them via this Google form so that we may share them widely. Thanks!

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