2013 SkS Weekly Digest #49

SkS Highlights

Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously by Rob Painting is about the new television series on climate change being made by for the U.S. Showtime cable televison network. The series, produced by Hollywood heavyweights James Cameron and Jerry Weintrub, examines the impacts of climate change on people around the world. This posting, including video, garnered the most commebnts of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. 

Toon of the Week

 2013 Toon 49

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

The paper 'Assessing "Dangerous Climate Change": Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature' (pdf) is being published today in the leading open-access journal PLOS ONE. A 2-page paper summary  + 4-page opinion (Hansen & Kharecha) re policy implications is available here (pdf) or from my web site.  

The paper was written to provide the scientific basis for legal actions against federal and state governments, in the United States and other nations, for not doing their job of protecting the rights of young people.  The legal actions being filed by Our Children's Trust ask the courts to require the government to provide a plan for how they will reduce fossil fuel emissions consistent with stabilizing climate.

We dispute the common assumption that the world necessarily is going to develop all fossil fuels that can be found, thus making large global warming inevitable.  Humanity does not need to be a bunch of lemmings headed over a cliff.  Indeed, appropriate policies that phase out fossil fuel emissions over decades would be economically and environmentally beneficial.  The editors of PLOS ONE, noting our statement "...there is still an opportunity for humanity to exercise free will", are establishing a  "Responding to Climate Change" Collection in the journal PLOS ONE.  They invite paper submissions in all areas of research and a broad range of disciplines aimed at returning Earth to a state of energy balance.

Assessing "Dangerous Climate Change", from James Hansen, Dec 3, 2013 

SkS Week in Review

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SkS in the News

In his Discover blog post, The Climate Bomb Redux, Tom Yulsman critically reviews SkS's Hiroshima atom bomb widget.

Boston Globe columnist distorts survey and study to deny climate consensus, on Climate Science Watch. contains links to both the TCP and the SkS profile of Richard Lindzen.

Eli Rabbet introduces and imports the Hiroshima atom bomb widget in his Rabbet Run blog post, The Pearl Clutcher's Aghast

SkS Spotlights

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Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 8 December, 2013

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