2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #6

Story of the Week... Opinion of the Week... Toon of the Week... Warming Signs... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 

Story of the Week...

Assessing the Global Climate in 2018

For the globe, 2018 becomes fourth warmest year on record


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December’s combined global land and ocean average surface temperature departure from average was the second warmest December in the 139-year record. With 11 of 12 monthly global land and ocean temperature departures from average ranking among the five warmest for their respective months, 2018 became the fourth warmest year in NOAA's 139-year record.

This summary from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information is part of the suite of climate services NOAA provides to government, business, academia and the public to support informed decision-making.

In a separate analysis of global temperature data, released today, NASA scientists also determined 2018 to be the fourth warmest year on record. Analyses from the United Kingdom Met Office and the World Meteorological Organization ranked 2018 among the top four warmest years on record.

Assessing the Global Climate in 2018, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, Feb 6, 2019

Opinion of the Week...

Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young

Property prices, pensions and austerity will pale into insignificance compared with the effects of global warming on the next generation 


 Illustration by Bill Bragg  

One of the strange things that happens when you start work on a novel is that you realise what’s been preoccupying you – sometimes without you knowing it. I was about a third of the way into my new novel, The Wall, when I discovered that I was completely obsessed by intergenerational inequality. In particular, by the question of intergenerational inequality linked to climate change. Who knew? Certainly not me.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with intergenerational inequality. At least, there’s nothing wrong with the version of it that existed in the developed world for much of the 20th century. That kind of inequality was based on the idea that life should be gradually better, from one generation to another – more secure, more prosperous, healthier, longer. That means that children got a better deal than their parents, but that was fine; indeed, in this version of the social contract, that was the whole point.

Climate change is the deadliest legacy we will leave the young, Opinion by John Lanchester, Comment is Free, Guardian, Feb 6, 2019 

Toon of the Week...

 2019 Toon 6

Warming Signs...

Coming Soon on SkS...

Poster of the Week...

2019 Poster 6

SkS Week in Review...

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 10 February, 2019

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