2014 SkS Weekly Digest #48

SkS Highlights

Mercury Rising: 2014 Likely to Surpass 2010 as Warmest Year on Record by Rob Painting garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Dana's The latest global warming bill and the Republican conundrum attracted the second highest number.

El Niño Watch

"With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching; my thoughts are quickly shifting from trying to make sense of the current ENSO picture to heaping mounds of stuffing and turkey. With that in mind and with full realization that this is one of the busiest travel days of the year, I tried to keep today’s ENSO blog post simple, involving a question I was asked repeatedly during my recent trip to California:

"What’s the deal with El Niño and California rainfall? An El Niño means lots of rain, right?"

Fun with Statistics: El Niño and California Rainfall by Tom Di Liberto, NOAA/Climate.gov, Nov 26, 2014

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 48

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week

"The 2-degree target is a great idea," Granger Morgan, a professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, told NBC News. "But we have been so slow in doing anything much about controlling emissions that the accumulative effects are building up on us and … I just do not see the political will to limit emissions to the degree that will be needed to stay below 2 degrees."

Nevertheless, he added, the world urgently needs to get serious about tackling climate change "because otherwise it is going to be much worse."

We're Kidding Ourselves on 2-Degree Global Warming Limit: Experts by John Roach, NBC News, Nov 26, 2014  

SkS in the News

Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature, Cook et al, 2013, Environmental Research Letters is cited in:

SkS Spotlights

 97 Hours: Richard Alley

Richard Alley's bio page

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week

 2014 Poster 48

SkS Week in Review


Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 30 November, 2014

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