2016 SkS Weekly Digest #34

SkS Highlights... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... Graphic of the Week... He Said What?... SkS in the News... SkS Spotlights... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...

SkS Highlights

Climate urgency: we've locked in more global warming than people realize by Dana Nuccitelli (Climate Consensus-the 97%, Guardian) garnered, by far and away, the most comments among the articles posted on SkS during the past week. The comment thread discussion is lively and wide-ranging. If you have not done so already, check out the article and participate in the discourse.  

Toon of the Week

2016 Toon 34

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

Quote of the Week 

“This is extinction tourism,” said international law expert Professor Michael Byers, of the University of British Columbia. “Making this trip has only become possible because carbon emissions have so warmed the atmosphere that Arctic sea ice in summer is disappearing. The terrible irony is that this ship – which even has a helicopter for sightseeing and a huge staff-to-passenger ratio – has an enormous carbon footprint that is only going to make things even worse in the Arctic.” 

Inuit fear they will be overwhelmed as ‘extinction tourism’ descends on Arctic by Robin McKie, Observer/Guardian, Aug 20, 2016


Graphic of the Week

 GISTEMP Anomaly

Source: NASA Analysis Finds July 2016 is Warmest on Record, NASA News Release, Aug 16, 2016

He Said What? 

In a recent CSPAN broadcast, Republican Party and Climate Change, former Rep Bob Inglis (R-SC), who has embraced the concept of global warming, talked about why he believes his fellow Republicans should come together with Democrats to make an effort to reduce climate change.

During the Q&A session of the broadcast, the following exchange occurred.


Good morning Mr. Inglis, originally called to ask you something about solar flares, but i need to ask something else first. Listening to you about the carbon tax, under the gore plan, apparently one company did not use all the carbon allotment, and the tax credits could be sold to another company. So the same amount of carbon would go into the air. I need to know what you're talking about, if it is that or if you are going to use less carbon? In addition to that, there is a book out that is a scientist saying that the solar flares, which have been exceptionally strong recently, is the predominant cause of the global warming. Have you checked into that end of it? That is my question, and i will get off-line to listen to you. Thank you for taking my call.


Thanks, lucille. On the solar flares, i suggest you go to a site called Skeptical Science, and you will see a discussion about solar flares there. A lot of people talk about solar flares, especially on my side of the aisle, because they want to find that as the explanation. But what you will see at Skeptical Science is that it does not correlate with the warming that we are seeing now. In fact, flair activity would cause the earth to be cooling now, rather than warming. So it does not correlate. You can see more of that and go really deep if you want to add Skeptical Science. It is a neat site. About your carbon credit question,...

SkS in the News

In his Sydney Morning Herald article, Malcolm Roberts leaves NASA 'flummoxed' with Q&A climate claims, Peter Hannam states: 

For Roberts to be right, at least 80 science academies around the world have to be wrong, as would almost 100 per cent of the scientists publishing work in the field.

John Cook, a climate communications research fellow at the University of Queensland, is part of a crew offering a free lecture series "Making Sense of Climate Science Denial" to help explain why "empirical science" will never sate Roberts or sceptics like him.

As Cook notes, the onus really should sit with Roberts to explain why so many changes predicted by climate science are being observed - such as cooling in the upper atmosphere as less heat escapes to space because of the additional greenhouse gases accumulating in the biosphere. 

SkS Spotlights

Nexus Media: Original reporting on climate change and clean energy. Videos and articles available for no-cost syndication. Contact us at info@nexusmediastudios.com. 

Coming Soon on SkS

Poster of the Week

2016 Poster 34 

Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists

SkS Week in Review 

97 Hours of Consensus: 

97 Hours: Gavin Schmidt 


Gavin Schmidt's bio page

Quote derived with permission from author from:

"...what we anticipate is that because we're continuing to add carbon dioxide to the system, we're going to continue to warm decade by decade by decade. The exact magnitude of where we're going to go is going to depend a little bit on the system, but also on the decision that we make as a society to either reduce carbon emissions or just to carry on with business as usual." 

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Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 21 August, 2016

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