2015 SkS Weekly Digest #8

SkS Highlights

Missing Arctic warming does contribute to the hiatus, but it is only one piece in the puzzle by Kevin C generated the most chatter of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.     

Breaking News

For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity.

One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming. He has often appeared on conservative news programs, testified before Congress and in state capitals, and starred at conferences of people who deny the risks of global warming.

But newly released documents show the extent to which Dr. Soon’s work has been tied to funding he received from corporate interests.

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher by Justin Gillis & John Schwartz, New York Times, Feb 21, 2014

Toon of the Week

2015 Toon 8

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists. 

Quote of the Week

“The whole doubt-mongering strategy relies on creating the impression of scientific debate,” said Naomi Oreskes, a historian of science at Harvard University and the co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” a book about such campaigns. “Willie Soon is playing a role in a certain kind of political theater.”

Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher by Justin Gillis & John Schwartz, New York Times, Feb 21, 2014

SkS in the News

Brian Angliss' Rouges & Scholar's blog post, Peddlers of climate change deceit have significant advantages over climate realists contains a link to the Advanced version of the SkS rebuttal article, CO2 is plant food.

Skeptical Science: Getting skeptical about global warming skeptcism is the title of a one pragraph description of, and links to, SkS included in the The Scout Report - Volume 27, Number 7 posted by Internet Scout, Computer Sciences Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Suffolk students debunk climate myths, research paper published posted on the Long Island Exchange concludes with:

Professor Mandia is one of 13 international scientists and professors who are instructors in the Massive Online Open Course  (MOOC)  titled Making Sense of Climate Science Denial. This MOOC is set to go live in April 2015 and is produced by The University of Queensland, Australia.

The Consensus Project webpage is linked to by Greg Laden in his blog post, Climate Science vs. Climate Science Denial in Word Clouds

Letters-to-the Editor We Like

As for the denier myth of “global cooling” the letter contained, it was, as always, put forward with no proof. You can see this myth and all the other climate denier myths disproven by real climate scientists using peer-reviewed climate science on the Skeptical Science website.

The Washington Post has praised Skeptical Science as “the most prominent and detailed website to counter arguments from global warming skeptics” It is affiliated with no political, business, or charitable entity, unlike public climate deniers who can always be found to be secretly taking money from fossil fuel corporations for their stance on global warming.

The climate change solution by Pete Kuntz, Battle Creek Enquirer, Feb 20, 2015 

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 8

SkS Week in Review

97 Hours of Consensus: Raymond Pierrehumbert

97 Hours: Pierrehumbert 

Raymond Pierrehumbert's bio page

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 22 February, 2015

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