2013 SkS Weekly Digest #35

SkS Highlights

Ari Jokimäki's Global warming...still happening nicely summarizes recent scientific findings about climate change that demonstrate global warming due to mankind's actitivity is continuing unabated. The article also garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.   

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 35

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

That’s one of the big outstanding questions on climate change. “We understand the physics of simple things like how oceans become acidic,” said Richard Norris, a paleobiologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. “But when it comes to how ecosystems might react, that’s big and complex and messy, with all these interactions going on, both physiological and how organisms interact with each other.”

The oceans are acidifying at the fastest rate in 300 million years. How worried should we be? by Brad Plumer, The Wonk Room, Washington Post, Aug 31, 2013

SkS Week in Review 

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SkS in the News

A new peer-reviewed paper, Practical Challenges of Sustainable Human Development: Community-driven Development as Response, referenced Cook et al. (2013).

The 97% consensus was also referenced by Real ScepticWotts Up With That Blog, HotWhopper, and Hazme el Chingado Favor.

Chris Mooney at Mother Jones used the SkS graphic showing where global warming is going.

Planet 3.0 referenced Chris Colose's Toward Improved Discussions of Methane & Climate.

PolitiFact Rhode Island made use of the SkS temperature trend calculator.

RenewEconomy referenced Graham Wayne's Carbon Economics and the Cost of Inaction.

John Mashey at DeSmogBlog referenced the SkS rebuttal to the myth 'Murry Salby finds the CO2 rise is natural'.

SkS Spotlights

The European Climate Foundation (ECF) was established in early 2008 as a major philanthropic initiative to promote climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and to help Europe play an even stronger international leadership role to mitigate climate change.

The ECF aims to significantly drive the transformation of Europe to a low carbon economy, which means reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Europe by 30% in 2020 and at least 80% in 2050.

The ECF does so by developing and implementing well-crafted climate and energy policies that greatly reduce Europe's global greenhouse gas emissions. Key elements of a sustainable energy future include: (1) a substantial increase in energy efficiency, (2) a successful transition from conventional to renewable energy; (3) maintenance of the earth’s ecological systems and the life-supporting services they provide; and, (4) equitable distribution of energy services to different members of the population, both internationally and within nations.

We build alliances among a wide range of partners in government, business and the NGO sector. Our programme staff collaborate with grantees and experts from the field to design and fund sophisticated strategies based on a thorough understanding of decision-makers, decision-making processes and political pressure points.

The majority of the ECF’s fund is re-granted to NGOs engaged in trying to bring about meaningful policy change. We choose strategies that can win the most effective and implementable policies based on rigorous analysis undertaken by our expert staff. When we see an unfulfilled need we also engage in direct initiatives, such as commission papers, convene meetings or support a new organisation.

The ECF is affiliated with the ClimateWorks Network and is the core of the ClimateWorks system in Europe. The ClimateWorks Foundation supports public policies that prevent dangerous climate change and promote global prosperity.

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 1 September, 2013

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