2012 SkS Weekly Digest #48
Posted on 3 December 2012 by John Hartz
Andy S launched his four part series on subcap methane feedbacks in Alaska and the Arctic with the posting of Subcap Methane Feedbacks, Part 1: Fossil methane seepage in Alaska. This original article also contained a highly-acclaimed original graphic portraying the mechanisms of greenhouse gas release in the Arctic. The graphic was created by John Garrett.
Toon of the Week
Quote of the Week
If we want a 50-50 chance of staying below two degrees, we have to leave 2/3 of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas underground … That's not 'environmentalist math' or some radical interpretation – that's from the report of the International Energy Agency last month. It means that – without dramatic global action to change our path – the end of the climate story is already written. There is no room for doubt – absent remarkable action, these fossil fuels will burn, and the temperature will climb, creating a chain reaction of climate-related natural disasters.
An open letter to governments and their negotiators by Bill McKibben founder of 350.org, Nnimmo Bassey Environmental Rights Action & Coordinator of Oilwatch International, Pablo Solon Executive Director of Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and former chief negotiator for climate change, 350 Mobile, Nov 27, 2012
Rebuttal Article Updates
Dana updated the intermediate rebuttal to the myth that the IPCC is alarmist with the content of Rahmstorf et al. Validate IPCC Temperature Projections, Find Sea Level Rise Underestimated.
The Week in Review
- 2012: Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Multiple Extremes and High Temperatures by John Hartz
- 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #6 by John Hartz
- The Latest Pre-Bunked Denialist Letter in Lieu of Real Science by Dana
- SkS at the AGU 2012 Fall Meeting by John Cook
- Rahmstorf et al. Validate IPCC Temperature Projections, Find Sea Level Rise Underestimated by Dana
- 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #5 by John Hartz
- Subcap Methane Feedbacks, Part 1: Fossil methane seepage in Alaska by Andy S
- Climate of Doubt Strategy #2: Exaggerate Uncertainty by Dana
- New research from last week 47/2012 Ari Jokimäki
- New research from last week 48/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
- The Greenhouse Gas Effect All-Star Fan Club (Daniel Bailey)
- DIY climate science: The Instrumental Temperature Record (Kevin C)
- 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #7 (John Hartz)
- Weighing change in Antarctica (Matt King)
- Past 150,000 Years of Sea Level History Suggests High Rates of Future Sea Level Rise (Rob Painting)
- 2012 SkS Bi-Weekly News Roundup #8 (John Hartz)
- 2012: Record Arctic Sea Ice Melt, Multiple Extremes and High Temperatures (John Hartz)
- Food Security: the first big hit from Climate Change will be to our pockets (John Mason)
- Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional Global Warming, Not yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions (John Hartz)
- Putting an End to the Myth that Renewable Energy is too Expensive (Dana)
- Drost, Karoly, and Braganza Find Human Fingerprints in Global Warming (Dana)
- Participate in Citizen Science with the new SkS BOINC team (Steve Brown)
- Lukewarmerism, a.k.a. Ignoring Inconvenient Evidence (Dana)
- Mexican Climate Legislation and Other Hopeful News (Dana)
- Italian flag curry (gws)
- The Dirt on Climate (jg)
- Grace under Pressure (Doug Bostrom
SkS in the News
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent science-based assessment, which tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. The website provides an up-to-date assessment of individual national pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. a joint project of Climate Analytics, Ecofys, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.
On Nov 30, the CAT report, Two degrees possible, but time is not on our side, was released at the UN climate change conference in Doha.