2014 SkS Weekly Digest #51

SkS Highlights

John Abraham's 2014 will be the hottest year on record garnered the most comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. John Cook's My AGU talk on tackling climate myths in a free online course generated the second highest number of comments.  

Cook's post is based on his presentation at the 2014 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, titled Applying Agnotology Based Learning in a MOOC to Counter Climate Misconceptions. Cook explained the approach taken in SkS's upcoming MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Making Sense of Climate Science Denial. 

El Niño Watch

An El Niño winter is coming, which should be good news for drought stricken parts of the nation (U.S).

What Will an El Nino Winter Offer? by Sara Schafer, AgWeb/Farm Journal Media, Dec 20, 2014 

Toon of the Week

 2014 Toon 51

h/t to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quotes of the Week

Green groups and citizens from vulnerable, developing nations bemoaned the lack of commitment and urgency.

“The text went from weak to weaker to weakest, and it’s very weak indeed,” said Samantha Smith, WWF’s chief of climate policy.

“Make no mistake: Lima delivered a pathetically weak outcome, because developed countries like the U.S. are failing to meet their obligations,” said Brandon Wu, a senior policy analyst at ActionAid USA. “A tiny bit of progress does not make up for decades of inaction on both emissions cuts and providing finance for poor countries.”

Others complained that the U.N. process lags woefully behind public momentum for ambitious climate policy. “There is still a vast and growing gulf between the approach of some climate negotiators and the public demand for action,” said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International.

Weak deal at Lima climate talks disappoints climate hawks by Ben Jervy, Grist, Dec 15, 2014

SkS Spotlights

97 Hours: Lonnie Thompson

Lonnie Thompson's bio page

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week


SkS Week in Review

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 21 December, 2014

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