2012 SkS Weekly Digest #48

SkS Highlights

Andy S launched his four part series on  subcap methane feedbacks in Alaska and the Arctic with the posting of Subcap Methane Feedbacks, Part 1: Fossil methane seepage in Alaska. This original article also contained a highly-acclaimed original graphic portraying the mechanisms of greenhouse gas release in the Arctic. The graphic was created by John Garrett. 

Toon of the Week

 2012 Toon 48

Quote of the Week

 If we want a 50-50 chance of staying below two degrees, we have to leave 2/3 of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas underground … That's not 'environmentalist math' or some radical interpretation – that's from the report of the International Energy Agency last month. It means that – without dramatic global action to change our path – the end of the climate story is already written. There is no room for doubt – absent remarkable action, these fossil fuels will burn, and the temperature will climb, creating a chain reaction of climate-related natural disasters.

An open letter to governments and their negotiators by Bill McKibben founder of 350.org, Nnimmo Bassey Environmental Rights Action & Coordinator of Oilwatch International, Pablo Solon Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and former chief negotiator for climate change, 350 Mobile, Nov 27, 2012

Rebuttal Article Updates

Dana updated the intermediate rebuttal to the myth that the IPCC is alarmist with the content of Rahmstorf et al. Validate IPCC Temperature Projections, Find Sea Level Rise Underestimated.

The Week in Review 

Coming Soon 

SkS in the News

Dana's Climate of Doubt Strategy #2: Exaggerate Uncertainty was re-posted on Shaping Tomorrow's World.

Michael Brown in a The Conversation post cited the SkS rebuttal to the 'no consensus' myth.

SkS Spotlights

The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent science-based assessment, which tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. The website provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. a joint project of Climate Analytics, Ecofys, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

On Nov 30, the CAT report, Two degrees possible, but time is not on our side, was released at the UN climate change conference in Doha.

Posted by John Hartz on Monday, 3 December, 2012

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