2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #12

Story of the Week... Editorial of the Week... Toon of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week...

This List Of Climate Change Solutions May Be Key To Reversing It


“Brilliant” is the word one source used to describe Project Drawdown’s ranked list of 100 climate change solutions, begging the meta question, should the list be on the list.

Having a variety of climate change solution options is only useful if everyone who should know they exist does know, making a credible list of climate solutions potentially as important as the solutions on the list. 

In 2017, Project Drawdown, published the New York Times bestseller Drawdown, edited by the founder, Paul Hawken, 72. (Be sure to watch the full interview with Hawken in the player at the top of the article.)

Mehjabeen Abidi Habib, the author of Water in the Wilderness, based in Pakistan, the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change effects, serves on the Project Drawdown advisory board. She sees the effort as evidence “that it is not too late to make choices to change our world view and the actions that arise from the current paradigm.”

Jason F. McLennan, founder and chair of the International Living Future Institute and CEO of McLennan Design has known Hawken for years and notes that his work was mentioned in Drawdown. “I think it’s brilliant is the short answer,” he says. “It doesn’t spend time and energy on pointing fingers or criticizing things.  It focuses on positive solutions.”

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) who counts Hawken as a friend notes that the project is intended “not just to slow down climate change but reverse it.”

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence and a clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine agrees with the Congressman, adding, “My take on Project Drawdown is that it is a scientifically solid, insightful guide to some of the most important and effective steps we are taking to reverse global warming.”

Habib highlights the optimism embedded in the project. She notes that Hawken says in the introduction that climate change is “happening for us” to help us create a better world. 

This List Of Climate Change Solutions May Be Key To Reversing It by Devin Thorpe, Forbes, Mar 22, 2019 

Editorial of the Week...

Flooding in Mozambique March 2019 

Flooded graves are seen following a strong cyclone that hit Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said.  YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP / GETTY IMAGES

These concerns comprehensively miss the point on the GND and the climate disruption it seeks to address. The GND is a non-binding resolution, which means it has precisely the same force of law as a non-binding resolution celebrating the fact that children enjoy ice cream cones. The GND exists for one reason: To finally get elected officials talking seriously about what we need to do in order to prepare for what is already here, what is definitely going to come and perhaps to mitigate the damage as best we can. 

“Love the Green New Deal or hate it,” writes Justin Worland for Time, “the conversation it has unleashed represents a shift in the discussion surrounding climate policy in the U.S., with ripples that will spread across the globe. The outcome of the debate will go a long way toward determining if humanity can avoid the most catastrophic consequences of a rapidly warming world.” 

Mozambique Is Drowning. Nebraska Has Flooded. We Need a Green New Deal. Opinion by William Rivers Pitt, Truthout, Mar 23. 2019 

Toon of the Week...

 2019 Toon 12

Coming Soon on SkS...

Climate Feedback Claim Review...

Caleb Rossiter falsely claims that climate models are “running very hot”


"The models predicted about three times the amount of warming in the world we’ve seen since [1988]."




Carbon dioxide didn't create climate crisis, says leading skeptic by Julia Manchester, The Hill, Mar 6, 2019


Factually Inaccurate: Observed warming has consistently fallen within the range of climate model simulations over time.


Climate scientists use models to simulate and study different aspects of Earth's climate system, and to project the rate of global warming caused by human activities. These models do, in fact, simulate the rate of global warming well, and models run in the past accurately projected the rate of warming we are currently experiencing—that includes model projections from 1988.

Caleb Rossiter falsely claims that climate models are “running very hot”  by Scott Johnson, Climate Feedback, Mar 11, 2019

Poster of the Week...

2019 Poster 12 

SkS Week in Review... 

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 24 March, 2019

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