2013 SkS Weekly Digest #15

SkS Highlights

Any article about climate science with the term, "hockey stick" in its title draws a lot of attention from many quarters. Dana's Real Skepticism About the New Marcott 'Hockey Stick' is no exception. In this case, most of the comments posted focus on the science, thereby producing a very interesting and informative discussion thread.

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 15 

Reposted with permission of Neil Wagner.

Quote of the Week

“Rapid Arctic sea ice loss is probably the most visible indicator of global climate change; it leads to shifts in ecosystems and economic access, and potentially impacts weather throughout the northern hemisphere,” said Overland. “Increased physical understanding of rapid Arctic climate shifts and improved models are needed that give a more detailed picture and timing of what to expect so we can better prepare and adapt to such changes. Early loss of Arctic sea ice gives immediacy to the issue of climate change.”  - James Overland of NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

Arctic nearly free of summer sea ice during first half of 21st century, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Apr 12, 2013

Rebuttal Articles Updated

Dana's Land Surface Warming Confirmed Independently Without Land Station Data is based on a new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, Independent confirmation of global land warming without the use of station temperatures by Compo et al. (2013) The results of this paper have also been incorporated into the SkS rebuttal to the myth that the surface temperature record is unreliable. 

The Week in Review

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SkS in the News

Dana and Michael Mann's How The Economist got it wrong was published by ABC Environment.  It was subsequently re-posted and referenced by Climate Progress, Changing more than lightbulbs,

A new study, Leading Voices in the Denier Choir: Conservative Columnists’ Dismissal of Global Warming and Denigration of Climate Science, used the SkS rebuttals database, and was discussed by Chris Mooney at Mother Jones.

Dana's New Research Confirms Global Warming Has Accelerated was referenced by John Upton at Grist and Kieran Mulvaney at Discovery News.

Peter Sinclair at Climate Crocks used some SkS material in looking at Arctic sea ice changes.

Eli Rabett referenced Dana's Real Skepticism About the New Marcott 'Hockey Stick'.

In debunking Fox News misrepresentations of Kevin Trenberth's comments, Media Matters used The Escalator and Nuccitelli et al. (2012).

Peter Gleick used some SkS graphics in looking at some iconic climate curves.

Carbon Brief used some SkS graphics and references on climate sensitivity.

David Spratt at RenewEconomy and Climate Progress also referenced Nuccitelli et al. (2012).

Weatherdem's Weblog discussed Dana's Land Surface Warming Confirmed Independently Without Land Station Data.

Hot Whopper looked at SkS' debunkings of Don Easterbrook.

SkS Spotllights

NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and atmospheric science. Current PMEL programs focus on open ocean observations in support of long-term monitoring and prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from hours to decades. Studies are conducted to improve our understanding of the world’s oceans, to define processes driving the global climate system, and to improve environmental forecasting capabilities for public safety, marine commerce, and fisheries.

NOAA = National Oceanic and Atmsopheric Administration (U.S.)

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 14 April, 2013

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