2013 SkS Weekly Digest #5

SkS Highlights

SkS readers will find it a lot easier to post comments on SkS articles thanks to the new WYSIWG system created by Sphaerica and Paul D, "Try it, you'll like it."

Dana's Climate Scientists Erring on the Side of Least Drama generated the most comments of the materials posted during the past week. Commentors veered into a discussion about the future of fossil fuels and renewable energy.

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 5

Reprinted with permission from Neil Wagner.

Quote of the Week

Ultimately we have a moral responsibility to the most innocent victims of adverse climate change. Those who will suffer the most are the people who are the most innocent: the world’s poorest citizens and those yet to be born. There is an ancient Native American saying: “We do not inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” A few short decades later, we don’t want our children to ask, “What were our parents thinking? Didn’t they care about us?”

From US Energy Secretary Steven Chu's Feb 1, 2013 letter announcing his decision to not serve a second term as Secretary.

Rebuttal Article Updated

Dana updated the Intermediate version of the SkS rebujttal article, How the IPCC is more likely to underestimate the climate response by adding a paragraph highlighting the bsic finding of the peer-reviewed paper, Climate change prediction: Erring on the side of least drama? by Bryesse et al published in Global Environmental Change, Volume 23, Issue 1, February 2013, Pages 327-337. This paper is also the subject of Dana' article,  Climate Scientists Erring on the Side of Least Drama.

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

SkS in the News

Katharine Hayhoe heartily endorsed Skeptical Science in an excellent article at AITSE.

Neil Wagner on Huffington Post created the Escalator cartoon shown above and linked to Kevin C's informative '16 years' rebuttal.

Dana's NASA Retirees Appeal to their Own Lack of Climate Authority was re-posted on Climate Progress and blodic.us.

Media Matters referenced SkS in debunking a Fox News faux story promoting the debunked claim that climate scientists have exaggerated climate change.

Dana's New Research Finds that Most Monthly Heat Records Today are Due to Global Warming was re-posted on Climate Progress.

Media Matters referenced Dana's Climate Sensitivity Single Study Syndrome in criticizing Bloomberg for hyping the as of yet unpublished Norwegian climate sensitivity study.

Carbon Brief also has a post on the Norwegian study referencing Dana's post.

Dana's Climate Scientists Erring on the Side of Least Drama was re-posted on Climate Progress.

David Appell has an interesting story about dueling climate scientists which we will discuss more in a blog post tomorrow, and links to the SkS trend calculator tool.

Jeffrey Bennett at Beyond UFOs created a global warming primer that references several SkS resources.

SkS Spotlights

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Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 3 February, 2013

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