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2012 SkS Weekly Digest #41

Posted on 15 October 2012 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Nuccitelli et al. (2012) Show that Global Warming Continues reports on a new paper in press at Physics Letters A by a team of Skeptical Science authors and oceanography expert John Church. The paper was produced by a collaborative international effort of  an American (Dana Nuccitelli), a Canadian (Robert Way), a New Zealander (Rob Painting), and two Australians (John Cook and John Church).

Toon of the Week

2012 Toon 41

What say you?

From your perspective, does the new Weekly News Round-Up series serve a useful purpose?

Quote of the Week

Donal McCarthy says that when compared to some global expenditures the $76bn price tag is a small price to pay.

"These are just a fraction of what we as consumers spend on soft drinks each year which is almost half a trillion dollars - the total required for species and sites is less than half of what is paid out in bonuses to bankers on Wall street's biggest investment banks," he explained.

Source: Scientists say billions required to meet conservation targets by Matt McGrath, BBC News, Oct 12, 2012

The Week in Review

Coming Soon

  • New research from last week 41/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
  • How Much of a Role Did the Arctic Storm Play in the Record Sea Ice Minimum? (Dana and Albatross)
  • A workshop for educators on debunking misinformation (John Cook)
  • The Future We All Want (Fabiano)
  • Misleading Daily Mail Article Pre-Bunked by Nuccitelli et al. (2012) (Dana)
  • Vanishing Arctic Sea Ice: Going Up the Down Escalator, 2012 Update (Dana)
  • Salby's ratio (Tom Curtis)
  • The Climate Show #29 (Gareth)
  • 2012 SkS News Roundup #5 (John Hartz)
  • Frost, Karoly, and Braganza Find Human Fingerprints in Global Warming (Dana)
  • Fred Singer - not an American Thinker (John Abraham and Dana)

SkS in the News

Skeptical Science was featured as one of the 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders by ABC Carbon.

Dana's Nuccitelli et al. (2012) Show that Global Warming Continues was re-posted at PlanetSave and Environmental Guru, and tweeted by Heidi Cullen and Carl Zimmer.

Dana's Nate Silver's Climate Chapter and What We Can Learn From It was re-posted at Climate Progress.

Rob Painting's Jerry Mitrovica: Current Sea Level Rise is Anomalous. We've Seen Nothing Like it for the Last 10,000 Years was tweeted by Michael Mann and D.R. Tucker.

John Cook's Skeptical Science Android App update was re-posted by the NHC Blackberry Alliance.

Several SkS rebuttals were featured in a post at The Way Things Break.

SkS Spotlights

Interfaith Moral Action on Climate was formed at a meeting in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 2011. This meeting was attended by representatives of 30 predominantly religious and interfaith groups, many of which are our current endorsers. We came together as a collaborative initiative of religious leaders, groups and individuals in response to the pressing need for more visible, unified, prophetic action to address the climate crisis.

View this extensive list of Climate Change Statements from World Religions on the website of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.

An Interfaith Statement on Climate Change was submitted by representatives of religions around the world at the COP17 UN Conference on Climate Change, Durban, South Africa.

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  1. Question: "From your perspective, does the new Weekly News Round-Up series serve a useful purpose?"

    To be blunt... damned straight the Weekly Round-Up series serves a very useful purpose ! And it should definitively be continued.
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  2. ... does the new Weekly News Round-Up series serve a useful purpose?

    Certainly: where else would you put the Toon of the Week?

    The summary is a good way of catching up when time is limited, or after I have spent some time away from my computer.
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  3. Agreed with citizenschallenge. The News Roundup along with the weekly listing of new research are likely to be two of the most useful features of SkS.
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  4. Doug H @2, news roundup, not weekly digest.
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  5. > "From your perspective, does the new Weekly News Round-Up series serve a useful purpose?"

    Yes, absolutely. For guys and girls outside the insider scene, there are four challenges:

    - what is consolidated science saying? (myths debunked)
    - how to debunk obvious nonsense, in a fact oriented way? (gish gallops debunked)
    - what are the science news (New research: not yet consolidated, but worth knowing)
    - what is the perception/politics/direction/trends worldwide (News Roundup).

    It's the fourth pillar.

    The fifth is: "Comments". Which often give really interesting additional insights.
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  6. News Roundup is really useful. (And I agree about the comments adding insight)
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  7. Maybe it's in the works but I'm keen to see SS respond to "Global Warming Stopped 16 Years Ago" published in the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2217286/Global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-Met-Office-report-quietly-released--chart-prove-it.html
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  8. Ouijit, responding to the twistings of TDM is both a full-time job and pointless, since such an endeavor would have absolutely no effect on either TDM or its regular readers. I simply point people to the Met Office to get what was actually said -- with bonus context!
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  9. Looking at upcoming articles I notice that there is a mix of research and communications issues for our pleasure. I still think it would do us all a great service if we could have separate threads/forums for science, policy, communication. Thought they intersect, policy does not dictate science and the two need to be kept separate. Same is true with communication, how you say it does not alter the objective metrics. Both policy issues and communication styles are important intersections for denialist to attempt to muddy the waters of science, hence the need for separation, IMHO.

    Regardless, this is the best site I've found for objective discourse and factual analysis.
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  10. From my perspective it is more effective to stop in on WNR than a broad troll of the literature. Hurrah for cogency.

    Yours
    FPjohn
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  11. I agree with jonas at 5, very useful for keeping those not in the loop informed.
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  12. Yes, John Hartz, this weekly post is very useful.

    Ouijit@7. Yes, I believe that the indefatigable dana1981 has a post in the works to debunk the Daily Mail article. Indeed, he has already prebunked it.
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  13. Yes, we've got a Daily Mail debunking post almost ready to go. I may even publish it later today.
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  14. For those interested -- and who are too impatient to wait for Dana -- CarbonBrief have already posted a Daily Mail debunk.
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  15. Indeed, Carbon Brief stole a little bit of my thunder there! My post makes a lot of the same points, and even uses one of the same graphics.
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  16. Some of the links to the SkS articles from 'This Week in Review' are broken.
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    Moderator Response: [DB] I found 2 broken links there & fixed them. Were there others? Thanks!
  17. All the links look fine now. Must just have been the two you fixed.
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