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SkS Weekly Digest #26

Posted on 28 November 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The Debunking Handbooka guide to debunking myths by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky, was completed with the postings of the fourth and the fifth articles of a five-part series,

The complete Handbook is now available as a free, downloadable PDF.

Toon of the Week



The Week in Review

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

  • Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Continue Climbing by John Hartz
  • The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download by John Cook & Stephan Lewandowsky
  • Schmittner et al. (2011) on Climate Sensitivity - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly by Dana
  • SkS public talks in Canada and AGU, San Francisco by John Cook
  • What's Happening To Tuvalu Sea Level? by Rob Painting
  • The Debunking Handbook Part 5: Filling the gap with an alternative explanation by John Cook & Stephan Lewandowsky
  • Memo to Climategate Hacker: Poor Nations Don't Want Your Kind of Help by Dana
  • Arctic Sea Ice Hockey Stick: Melt Unprecedented in Last 1,450 years by Rob Painting
  • The Debunking Handbook Part 4: The Worldview Backfire Effect by John Cook & Stephan Lewandowsky
  • Climategate 2.0: Denialists Serve Up Two-Year-Old Turkey by Rob Painting
  • Economic Growth and Climate Change Part 1 - Factors Influencing CO2 Emissions by Perseus 
  • Pielke Sr. Misinforms High School Students 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.

    • Economic Growth and Climate Change, Part 2 (perseus)
    • - Leveraging SkepticalScience content (Baerbel W)
    • Climate Solutions (Daniel Bailey)
    • Changing the Direction of the Climate (Dana and AndyS)
    • RW Wood and the Greenhouse Effect (Eli Rabbett)
    • Matt Ridley Wraps AGW Denial Assertions into one Easily-Swallowed Package (Larry Wade)

    SkS in the News

    Zachary Shahan over at Planetsave referred readers to two SkS articles:

    The Climatgate 2.0 post was also re-posted on TreeHugger


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    1. Could anyone explain the "two O's" line to a non-native English speaker, please?
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    2. 1 - Alexander. I think 'to stupid' should be 'too stupid' but someone who says 'stoopid' sounds stupid.
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    3. Alexandre - "To" is a function word, as in "Travel to the south", while "Too" refers to amounts, an excessive level, as in "Too much". The mispronunciation "stoopid", on the other hand, is a linguistic joke/accent indicating that the speaker is, indeed, not of peak intelligence. I would have to agree that this particular cartoon doesn't make too much sense to non-native speakers - the confusion between the homonyms "To, Too, Two" is something of an inside joke for English.
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    4. 3 - KR "the confusion between the homonyms ... is something of an inside joke for English." and even that can be take too far
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    5. Global temperatures in 2011 are currently the tenth highest on record and are higher than any previous year with a La Niña event, which has a relative cooling influence. The 13 warmest years have all occurred in the 15 years since 1997. The extent of Arctic sea ice in 2011 was the second lowest on record, and its volume was the lowest. These are some of the highlights of the provisional annual World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Statement on the Status of the Global Climate, which gives a global temperature assessment and a snapshot of weather and climate events around the world in 2011. It was released today at the international climate conference in Durban, South Africa. “Our role is to provide the scientific knowledge to inform action by decision makers,” said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. “Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities,” he said. “Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached new highs. They are very rapidly approaching levels consistent with a 2-2.4 degree Centigrade rise in average global temperatures which scientists believe could trigger far reaching and irreversible changes in our Earth, biosphere and oceans,” he said. Source: “2011: World’s 10th warmest year, warmest year with La Niña event, lowest Arctic sea ice volume” WMO news release, Nov 29, 2011 To access the entire news release, click here.
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