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2013 SkS Weekly Digest #46

Posted on 17 November 2013 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Global warming since 1997 more than twice as fast as previously estimated, new study shows by Dana, Kevin C and Robert Way provides both a written and visual summary of the ground breaking paper, *Coverage bias in the HadCRUT4 temperature series and its impact on recent temperature trends by Kevin Cowtan and Robert G. Way published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. If you have not read this article and/or its comment thread, you will want to do so. 

Toon of the Week

2013 Toon 46 

Source: Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons, Truthdig


Quote of the Week

In a speech on Monday, the delegate from the Philippines, Yeb Saño, pleaded for the world to act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, using Haiyan as an example of the devastating consequences of global warming.

“Typhoons such as Haiyan and its impacts represent a sobering reminder to the international community that we cannot afford to procrastinate on climate action,” Sano said. “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. The climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness. Right here in Warsaw.”

Typhoon Haiyan’s Deadly Surge Noted in Warsaw Talks by Andrew Freedman, Climate Central, Nov 11, 2013


SkS Week in Review


SkS Rebuttal Articles Updated

The findings of the subject paper* of the SkS article, Global warming since 1997 more than twice as fast as previously estimated, new study shows have been incorporated into both the Basic and Intermediate versions of It hasn't warmed since 1998.

Dana updated the intermediate version of the rebuttal article, Is extreme weather caused by global warming? by adding a reference to Elsner et al. (2008)

Dana's Cosmic rays fall cosmically behind humans in explaining global warming has been incorporated into the advanced version of the rebuttal article, What's the link between cosmic rays and climate change?

*Coverage bias in the HadCRUT4 temperature series and its impact on recent temperature trendsKevin Cowtan and Robert G. Way, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, [DOI: 10.1002/qj.2297],


Coming Soon on SkS

  • Global Warming Paws Fails to Materialise: Earth Still Warming and Global Sea Level Rising Like Gangbusters (Rob Painting)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47A (John H)
  • Skeptical Science at the 2013 AGU Fall meeting (John Cook)
  • Climate Bet for Charity, 2013 Update (Rob Honeycutt)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47B (John H)
  • Greenland was Green - Basic Rebuttal Update (Anne-Marie Blackburn)
  • Video: 10 climate myths debunked in under 4 minutes (Hank Green)
  • 2013 SkS Weekly News Roundup #47C (John H)

In the Works

  • Climate Change: Years of Living Dangerously (Rob Painting)
  • Why is Antarctic Sea Ice Growing? (Guy Williams)
  • Provisional Statement on Status of Climate in 2013 (John Hartz)
  • Climate Risk Index 2014: Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan most affected (John Hartz)

SkS in the News

Cowtan & Way (2013) was the big news this week, with dozens of stories covering the paper, including a discussion between Chris Mooney and Michael Mann in the great new science podcast Inquiring Minds.

In her Salon article, Sorry, Tea Party: Most red-state Americans believe global warming is real, Lindsay Abrams links to the basic version of the rebuttal article, Is there a scientific consensus on global warming?

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) used the Esclator graphic in his 50th speech on Climate Chage delivered on the Senate floor on Wed, Nov 13 --see Kate Shepard's Huffingto n Post article, This Senator Is Going To Keep Talking About Climate Change Until Somebody Listens.

In his Soat blog post, Thrust, William Connolley refers his readers to Climate Change Cluedo: Anthropogenic CO2 by Tom Curtis 

The TCP in referenced by Roy Spencer during his appearance on the CNN broadcast of Nov 11 — Piers Morgan opens the floor for a feisty debate on climate change


SkS Spotlights

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada.

The PCIC collaborate with climate researchers and regional stakeholders to produce knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.

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