2015 SkS Weekly Digest #52

SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... El Niño Impacts... Quote of the Week... Rebuttal Article Update... He Said What?... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

SkS Highlights

The best of climate science and humanity come together at AGU by Dana Nuccitelli (Climate Consensus - the 97%, The Guardian) attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.

If you have not already done so, you will want to check out The Ghosts of Climate Past, Present and Future by Howard Lee. The fictional tale is based loosely on Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol, and is told in the context of climate change in three episodes. 

El Niño Impacts 

Toon of the Week

 2015 Toon 52

Quote of the week

In a response to an emailed question, the climate activist Bill McKibben compared the rising temperatures to “waking up in the first reel of a dystopian science fiction film.”

“We’re living through history, and not of a good kind,” he said. “2015 didn’t just break the global temperature record — it crushed it. Think of the energy needed to raise the temperature of something as large as our planet by this much this fast.”

A Fitting End for the Hottest Year on Record by Jonah Bromwich, New York Times, Dec 23, 2015

Rebuttal Article Update

Both the Basic and Intermediate versions of the SkS rebuttal article, It's the Sun has been updated with the most recent available data, showing even more clearly that sun and climate are moving in opposite directions. 

T vs TSI graphic

He Said What?

A contender to be the next Republican presidential candidate says if elected, he would pull the US out of the UN climate deal struck in Paris this month.

Senator Ted Cruz, who is polling second place to billionaire businessman Donald Trump in the primaries, downplayed the threat of climate change on the campaign trail.

In Tennessee on Tuesday, he accused president Barack Obama’s administration of using the issue as an excuse to increase regulations and raising the cost of living.

“Barack Obama seems to think the SUV parked in your driveway is a bigger threat to national security than radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us. That’s just nutty,” Cruz told reporters.

“These are ideologues, they don’t focus on the facts, they won’t address the facts, and what they’re interested [in] instead is more and more government power.”

Republican candidate ‘would pull US out of Paris climate deal’ by Megan Darby, Climate Home, Dec 23, 2015 

SkS in the News

In his Grist article, The GOP vs. The Reality of Climate Change, James Resnick wrote:

Before highlighting how climate change is clearly a national security issue, it ought to be noted that many within the GOP, including of course Cruz, but also Rubio, repudiate the figure that 97 percent of scientists acknowledge human-induced climate change as a 'bogus' report.

That so-called 'bogus' report, was in fact a survey conducted by John Cook of University of Queensland, who surveyed 12,000 abstracts of peer-reviewed papers on climate change and of the 4,000 responses found that 97% acknowledged the scientific reality. However, even if that figure of 97 percent isn't taken, how about the survey conducted by James Powell that counts the number of authors from November, 2012 to December, 2013 who explicitly deny global warming based on more than 2000 peer-reviewed publications. Powell found 9163 agree with the consensus, 1 disagree. 

The GOP vs. The Reality of Climate Change by James Resnick, Grist, Dec 22, 2015

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week

 2015 Poster 52

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: Corinne Le Quéré

97 Hours: Corinne Le Quere 

Corinne Le Quéré's bio page

Quote derived from:

"The human influence on climate change is clear and dominant. The atmosphere and oceans are warming, the snow cover is shrinking, the Arctic sea ice is melting, sea level is rising, the oceans are acidifying, and some extreme events have increased. CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels need to substantial decrease to limit climate change."


Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 27 December, 2015

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