2014 SkS Weekly Digest #45

SkS Highlights

The 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #45B attracted the highest number of comments of the items posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's article, Weather Channel co-founder John Coleman prefers conspiracies to climate science garnered the second highest number.

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 45

See: Voters put climate change policy in the hands of climate change denier by David Horsey, Los Angeles Times, Nov 7, 2014

Quote of the Week

Global ground water supplies, crucial for sustaining agriculture, are being depleted at an alarming rate with dangerous security implications, a leading scientist said.

"It's a major cause for concern because most of the places where it (ground water depletion) is happening are major food producing regions," James Famiglietti, a University of California professor who conducts research for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

"India is the worst off, followed by the Middle East, and the U.S. is probably number three ... the Chinese, particularly on the north China plain, are more water limited than people believe."

Famiglietti's conclusions are based on his latest research paper "The global ground water crisis" published in the journal Nature Climate Change last month.

Ground water depletion driving global conflicts - NASA scientist by Chris Arsenault, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nov 7, 2014

SkS in the News

The Consensus Project website is referenced and linked to in Are you a poor logician? Logically, you might never know by Stephan Lewandowsky and Richard Pancost posted on The Convesation UK. 

In Confessions of a Former Climate Change Denialist, originally posted on the website of the Canadian Science Writers' Association, Kasra Hassani references and links to the SkS webpage Global Warming &Climate Change Myths. Hassani's article was subsequently reprinted in Salon with the title, I was once a climate change denier.

In his Washington Post article, Why does anyone pay attention to John Coleman, Weather Channel co-founder, on climate change?, Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang quotes from and links to the SkS rebuttal article, Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project.  

SkS Spotlights

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Poster of the Week

2014 Poster 45

El Niño Watch

The climate phenomenon known as El Niño, which can alter weather patterns around the globe, still isn’t here. Nine months and counting . . .

And there’s the possibility that it might not form at all, which should not come as a surprise given the tease it’s been. Consider:

If you think it’s been aggravating to follow this roller coaster ride, just be thankful you’re not one of the forecasters.

Waiting for El Niño. Still. Again. by Andrea Thompson, Climate Central, Nov 6, 2014  

SkS Week in Review

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 9 November, 2014

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