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SkS Weekly Digest #23

Posted on 7 November 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The findings of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study (BEST) coninued to be the primary topic of discussion on SkS with the publication of seven articles referencing the study:

Toon of the Week


The Week in Review

Here's a list of aticles posted on SkS during the past week. 

Coming Soon

Here's a list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week.

  • Going Down the Up Escalator, Part 2 (Dana)
  • Is there a case against human caused global warming in the peer-reviewed literature? Part 2 (Jim Powell)
  • CO2 Problems: Parallel concerns breed parallel denial (chuckbot)
  • Extreme Events to Increase with Global Warming (Rob P)
  • Plimer vs Plimer: a one man contradiction (John Cook)

SkS in the News

Dana's Going Down the Up Escalator, Part 1 and its graphic illustrating the difference between the ways climate "skeptics" and realists view global warming has drawn a lot of attention:

Baked Curry: The BEST Way to Hide the Incline” is incorporated into “Curry Lost in Denial (& Global Warming Still = More Snow)” posted on PlanetSave.

SkS Spotlights

With more than one million unique visitors per month, is one of the world's most popular environmental science and conservation news sites. The news and rainforests sections of the site are widely cited for information on tropical forests, conservation, and wildlife. aims to raise interest in wildlife and wildlands while promoting awareness of environmental issues. Originally the site was based around a text on tropical rainforests written by Rhett A. Butler, but today the site has expanded to other topics (like Madagascar []) and is available in versions for kids and in more than two dozen non-English languages. is also publisher of Tropical Conservation Science, a peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal that seeks to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research in their native languages. has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other local, national and international publications.

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  1. Speaking of cartoons, I hope everyone enjoys this from the Sunday New York Times: -- full size source
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  2. I find the 2nd panel of that cartoon particularly funny, and accurate! Cheers Muon.
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  3. Actually, I liked the last panel best, but I agree panel 2 is pretty good.
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  4. Great cartoons, both (the OP cartoon and @1) really do highlight the games being played by the "skeptics" and deniers of AGW. Encouraging that the media are picking up on the denial and highlighting it. The contrarians, "skeptics" and those in denial about AGW have taken quite a beating the last two weeks, and are spinning their wheels. They have lost control of their message/misinformation. A small victory.
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  5. @Albatross #4 Don't be complacent; a setback is not a loss and they've been cranking up the "another Little Ice Age is coming" publicity machine. If this is a bad winter and if next year is significantly cooler than the last few, expect them to shout victory from the rooftops. I trust it hasn't been lost on you that ALL but one of the original entrants in the US Republican leadership race switched from supporting to denying global warming?
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  6. Hello DMarshall @5, I share your concerns, trust me. I and other are still fighting tooth and nail, here, behind the scenes, whenever and wherever we is exhausting. But now and again we do earn "small victories" as I noted above and it recharges my batteries :) No need to worry, "complacent" is not in my vocabulary, and probably not in John Cook's either. Yes, Obama is having a hard time of it, but a lot can change in a year, hopefully he can pull some magic, but I fear at this point it is going to take some "magic".
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  7. DMarshall and Albatross, I'm not quite keeping up with developments in the GOP. Does Romney still maintain AGW is real or has he changed horses?
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  8. @Stevo Romney seems to have been steadily shifting towards denial as the leadership race progresses, despite having nearly implemented a cap-and-trade program in his days as governor. His most recent statements are that America shouldn't waste trillions of dollars on reducing emissions because polluters will just move elsewhere and he's been calling for aggressive use and development of domestic fossil fuel and nuclear.
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  9. DMarshall @8 Political polarisation strikes again it would seem.
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  10. DMarshall : "...they've been cranking up the "another Little Ice Age is coming" publicity machine. If this is a bad winter and if next year is significantly cooler than the last few, expect them to shout victory from the rooftops." I'm lost now : are they saying that the earth is warming (and they have all been saying that all along, apparently) or are they saying that the earth is cooling ? Or is it both, depending on how they feel each day ?! Anyway, there was a programme on the BBC recently (Will it Snow ? - although probably only accessible within the UK) which had the Met Office reckoning that this Winter in the UK shouldn't be as bad as the last couple. Fingers crossed...
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  11. DMarshall@5 I can feel a "snow job" coming on.
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  12. Any word on Australia passing the carbon tax? I've been led to understand that took place just today (Australian dates).
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  13. Composer99, it has been passed:
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  14. Here's why we must double-down on our individual and collective efforts to educate people about what scientific community is telling us about climate change. “There's been a lot of talk recently that the world is finally facing an economic reckoning — a final past-due bill for those years of living so far beyond our means. The truth is we're facing a climate reckoning as well. The two are fatally intertwined — and they're going to be impossible to solve separately, if they can be solved at all.” “The Kyoto Accords — and Hope — Are Expiring,” Time Magazine, Nov 8, 2011 To access the entire article, click here.
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