2015 SkS Weekly Digest #9

Thank you Leonard Nimoy

2015 Poster 9 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists.  

SkS Highlights

Understanding adjustments to temperature data, a guest post by Zeke Hausfather garnered the largest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week. Attracting the next highest number of comments was John Abraham's With climate change, US presidents matter followed closely by Dana's Climatology versus Pseudoscience book tests whose predictions have been right and Kevin C's Telegraph wrong again on temperature adjustments.

SkS Hearts Chris Mooney

Chris Mooney begins a recent blog post with:

It’s probably the most famous study ever conducted about how climate scientists, themselves, think about the subject they examine. According to a gigantic 2013 literature review, 97.1 percent (our bold) of published scientific studies that took a position on the matter “endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming.”

This “97 percent” figure has since gone everywhere — triggering debates and discussions around the world. It has been celebrated, pilloried, attacked — and most of all, heralded as the key to explaining climate change to the public.

Indeed, public opinion scholars have been trying to measure, in controlled experiments, whether simply telling people about the existence of the “97 percent” consensus can make them think more in the way that scientists do — and knock off the all too common practice of doubting the reality of climate change. 

Researchers think they’ve found a “gateway belief” that leads to greater science acceptance by Chris Mooney, Energy & Environment, Washington Post, Feb 26, 2015

Toon of the Week 

2015 Toon 9

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists. 

Quote of the Week

Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, said: “It is understandable that Dr Pachauri has resigned from his post while he is facing allegations against him in India.”

Ward said: “There will no doubt be some climate change ‘sceptics’ who seek to use Dr Pachauri’s resignation as an opportunity to attack the IPCC [but its most recent report] is the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the causes and potential consequences of climate change that we have ever had, and that remains true with or without Dr Pachauri as chair.”

IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri resigns by Damien Carrington, The Guardian, Feb 24, 2015

SkS in the News

The SkS listing of Global Warming & Climate Change Myths is referenced and linked to in Chris Mooney's Energy & Environment article, No, the sun isn’t driving global warming posted on the Washington Post. 

Denise Robbins links to the SkS profile, Climate Misinformer: Willie Soon in her Media Matters for America article, Right-Wing Media Rush To Defend Industry-Funded Climate Denier Willie Soon.

Heartland Institute 58 Experts Poster Remixed by DeSmog (Blog) references and links to two SkS articles: Warming oceans consistent with rising sea level & global energy imbalance and The Cook et al. (2013) 97% consensus result is robust

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week

2015 Poster 9A 

SkS Week in Review

97 Hours of Consensus: Ailie Gallant

97 Hours: Allie Gallant 

Ailie Gallant's bio page


Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 1 March, 2015

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