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SkS Weekly Digest #24

Posted on 14 November 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The BEST Summary nicely synthesizes all of the  articles about the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) posted on SkS over the past few weeks. Another topical post was Extreme Events Increase With Global Warming.

Toon of the Week


H/T to SKS's resident artist, jg.

The Week in Review

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

  • New tool clears the air on cloud simulations by John Hartz
  • How to Avoid the Truth About Climate Change by Barry Bickmore
  • The BEST Summary by Dana
  • Increase Of Extreme Events With Global Warming (Basic Version) by Rob Painting
  • Extreme Events Increase With Global Warming by Rob Painting
  • The Climate Show 21: Carbon, coal and BEST by John Cook
  • Australia Legislates an Emissions Trading Scheme by Alan Marshall
  • CO2 Problems: Parallel concerns breed parallel denial by chuckbot
  • Is there a case against human caused global warming in the peer-reviewed literature? Part 2 by Jim Powell
  • Luxembourgish translation of The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism by John Cook
  • Going Down the Up Escalator, Part 2 by Dana
  • 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.

    • Hiding the Incline in Sea Level (Dana)
    • The IEA World Energy Outlook 2011 (Andy S)
    • The Last Interglacial Part Five - A Crystal Ball? (Steve Brown)
    • Future Climate Outlook - IEA Emissions Scenarios (Andy S and Dana)
    • Plimer vs Plimer: a one man contradiction (John Cook)

    SkS in the News

    Rob Painting's Increase Of Extreme Events With Global Warming (Basic Version) was re-posted on TreeHugger.

    Dana's Going down the up escalator and associated animated graphics continued to go viral, with re-posts, mentions, and/or links on TreeHugger, Climate Bites, Business InsiderGrist, Deep Sea News, Planet 3.0, The Climate Show, and Deltoid.

    SkS Spotlights

    The Open Climate Network, recently launched by the World Resources Institute  is an independent, international partnership that tracks and reports on the progress of key countries on climate change. OCN seeks to accelerate progress toward the low-emissions future by providing consistent, credible information that enhances accountability both between and within countries.

    This "new kid on the block" will likely become a valuable resource for SkS authors and users. 


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    1. I bet there's nothing about this on WUWT or any of the other so-called skeptical websites which strangely seem to concentrate only on cold and snow :

      UK on course for mildest November in 300 years

      I also bet that the first snow and cold temperature will be broadcast far and wide. But they never doubted the world was warming, honest...
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    2. "Protestors of the Keystone Pipeline, fracking and other environmental concerns are finding common ground with the Occupy movement -- but there's more to the story." Source: "When It Comes to the Environment, Are We the 99 Percent or the 1 Percent?" Alternet, Nov 4, 2011 To access this through-provoking article, click here.
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    3. "At least some of the bark beetles survived". It will be interesting to see what survives in the rest of the world. Anyone for a jellyfish sandwich?
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    4. #1, much talk about extremes centres around the damaging extremes that can occur in the summers/winters of the year. Far less attention is paid when the extremes occur in the 'mild' intervening months. Your story follows on from the hottest April in UK recorded history too. Now had it been the hottest July, it would hit the headlines. When the weather patterns shift to favour unusual warmth, records are being broken/smashed in the UK. For cold, this is not the case. Even the extreme and 'perfect' winter set-ups of the past two years failed to get close the UK low temperature record, even though it would have been difficult to envisage more appropriate, well-timed or long-lived 'cold' set-up. Anecdotal, insufficient sample size etc, but still interesting to observe. #3: eugh!
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