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Link to skeptic rebuttals with short URLs

Posted on 20 February 2011 by John Cook

Sometimes you're in the middle of online discussion, someone throws an old debunked skeptic argument at you and you need to link to a pertinent rebuttal. It can be a hassle tracking down the URL (especially if you need to convert it to a short URL for tweeting). Well, there's now a short, memorable URL for every rebuttal to a skeptic argument on Skeptical Science. So for instance, if someone insists global warming is caused by the sun, just send them to:

http://sks.to/sun

Or if they argue that past climate change proves current warming must be natural, just give them:

http://sks.to/past

Nice and short and in most cases, easy to remember. I'm already using the short URLs myself as a short cut when I wish to go straight to a rebuttal without clicking through all the links. All the short URLs are listed at:

http://www.skepticalscience.com/shorturls.php

Or for those too lazy to click the link (which is the whole point really), here is the total list of short URLs:

"It's the sun" http://sks.to/sun
"Climate's changed before" http://sks.to/past
"There is no consensus" http://sks.to/consensus
"It's cooling" http://sks.to/cooling
"Models are unreliable" http://sks.to/model
"Temp record is unreliable" http://sks.to/temp
"It hasn't warmed since 1998" http://sks.to/1998
"Ice age predicted in the 70s" http://sks.to/1970s
"We're heading into an ice age" http://sks.to/iceage
"Antarctica is gaining ice" http://sks.to/antarctica
"CO2 lags temperature" http://sks.to/lag
"It's not bad" http://sks.to/impacts
"Al Gore got it wrong" http://sks.to/gore
"It's cosmic rays" http://sks.to/cosmic
"It's freaking cold!" http://sks.to/cold
"Hurricanes aren't linked to global warming" http://sks.to/hurricane
"1934 - hottest year on record" http://sks.to/1934
"Hockey stick is broken" http://sks.to/hockey
"Mars is warming" http://sks.to/mars
"It's Urban Heat Island effect" http://sks.to/uhi
"It's a 1500 year cycle" http://sks.to/1500cycle
"Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle" http://sks.to/arcticcycle
"Sea level rise is exaggerated" http://sks.to/sealevel
"Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas" http://sks.to/vapor
"Other planets are warming" http://sks.to/planets
"Greenland was green" http://sks.to/green
"Oceans are cooling" http://sks.to/oceanheat
"Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy" http://sks.to/climategate
"Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions" http://sks.to/co2
"Climate sensitivity is low" http://sks.to/sensitivity
"CO2 effect is weak" http://sks.to/greenhouse
"We're coming out of the Little Ice Age" http://sks.to/lia
"It cooled mid-century" http://sks.to/midcentury
"Glaciers are growing" http://sks.to/glacier
"It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low" http://sks.to/pre1940
"There's no empirical evidence" http://sks.to/evidence
"Polar bear numbers are increasing" http://sks.to/bear
"Satellites show no warming in the troposphere" http://sks.to/troposphere
"Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice loss is due to land use" http://sks.to/kilimanjaro
"IPCC is alarmist" http://sks.to/ipcc
"Extreme weather isn't caused by global warming" http://sks.to/extreme
"CO2 is not a pollutant" http://sks.to/pollutant
"There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/correlate
"Greenland is gaining ice" http://sks.to/greenland
"CO2 was higher in the past" http://sks.to/pastco2
"Scientists can't even predict weather" http://sks.to/weather
"There's no tropospheric hot spot" http://sks.to/hotspot
"Neptune is warming" http://sks.to/neptune
"Jupiter is warming" http://sks.to/jupiter
"It's Pacific Decadal Oscillation" http://sks.to/pdo
"CO2 effect is saturated" http://sks.to/saturate
"Pluto is warming" http://sks.to/pluto
"Greenland ice sheet won't collapse" http://sks.to/icecollapse
"Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans" http://sks.to/volcano
"Animals and plants can adapt to global warming" http://sks.to/species
"Medieval Warm Period was warmer" http://sks.to/mwp
"CO2 measurements are suspect" http://sks.to/co2data
"It's the ocean" http://sks.to/ocean
"It's El Niño" http://sks.to/elnino
"Arctic sea ice has recovered" http://sks.to/arctic
"Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming" http://sks.to/schulte
"Dropped stations introduce warming bias" http://sks.to/dropped
"Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun" http://sks.to/scl
"It's aerosols" http://sks.to/aerosols
"It's microsite influences" http://sks.to/microsite
"CO2 has a short residence time" http://sks.to/residence
"It's a climate regime shift" http://sks.to/shift
"2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory" http://sks.to/thermo
"Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate" http://sks.to/significant
"It's not happening" http://sks.to/warming
"Greenhouse effect has been falsified" http://sks.to/falsify
"It's land use" http://sks.to/landuse
"The science isn't settled" http://sks.to/settled
"2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells" http://sks.to/winter
"It's methane" http://sks.to/methane
"500 scientists refute the consensus" http://sks.to/500
"Mike's Nature trick to 'hide the decline'" http://sks.to/decline
"IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers" http://sks.to/himalaya
"Ocean acidification isn't serious" http://sks.to/acid
"Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated" http://sks.to/seapredict
"Naomi Oreskes' study on consensus was flawed" http://sks.to/oreskes
"Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995" http://sks.to/1995
"Ice isn't melting" http://sks.to/icemelt
"CO2 is coming from the ocean" http://sks.to/oceanco2
"It's not us" http://sks.to/agw
"CO2 is not increasing" http://sks.to/co2up
"It's albedo" http://sks.to/albedo
"Record snowfall disproves global warming" http://sks.to/snowfall
"Hansen's 1988 prediction was wrong" http://sks.to/hansen1988
"Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity" http://sks.to/lindzenchoi
"The sun is getting hotter" http://sks.to/acrim
"Solar cycles cause global warming" http://sks.to/solarcycle
"Springs aren't advancing" http://sks.to/spring
"Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project" http://sks.to/oism
"Water levels correlate with sunspots" http://sks.to/watersun
"IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests" http://sks.to/amazon
"Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted" http://sks.to/chaos
"Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming" http://sks.to/stratosphere
"Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising" http://sks.to/searetract
"Mauna Loa is a volcano" http://sks.to/mauna
"CO2 is not the only driver of climate" http://sks.to/driver
"Trenberth can't account for the lack of warming" http://sks.to/trenberth
"CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician" http://sks.to/ordovician
"Southern sea ice is increasing" http://sks.to/southice
"Melting ice isn't warming the Arctic" http://sks.to/amplify
"Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ????" http://sks.to/stopped
"Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960" http://sks.to/diverge
"The IPCC consensus is phoney" http://sks.to/hulme
"It's CFCs" http://sks.to/cfc
"A drop in volcanic activity caused warming" http://sks.to/volcanodrop
"CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration" http://sks.to/co2conc
"It's global brightening" http://sks.to/bright
"Warming causes CO2 rise" http://sks.to/warmco2
"It's ozone" http://sks.to/ozone
"It's satellite microwave transmissions" http://sks.to/microwave
"We didn't have global warming during the Industrial Revolution" http://sks.to/industrial
"Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass" http://sks.to/icefraction
"Antarctica is too cold to lose ice" http://sks.to/toocold
"It's waste heat" http://sks.to/waste
"Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures" http://sks.to/greatlake
"Positive feedback means runaway warming" http://sks.to/runaway
"IPCC overestimate temperature rise" http://sks.to/overestimate
"Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup" http://sks.to/breath
"Ice Sheet losses are overestimated" http://sks.to/iceloss
"Royal Society embraces skepticism" http://sks.to/royalsoc
"DMI show cooling Arctic" http://sks.to/dmi
"CO2 only causes 35% of global warming" http://sks.to/35percent
"Humidity is falling" http://sks.to/humidity
"It's a natural cycle" http://sks.to/cycle
"It's only a few degrees" http://sks.to/fewdegrees
"It's too hard" http://sks.to/toohard
"CO2 limits will harm the economy" http://sks.to/economy
"Renewables can't provide baseload power" http://sks.to/baseload
"Clouds provide negative feedback" http://sks.to/cloud
"CRU tampered with temperature data" http://sks.to/tamper
"Peer review process was corrupted" http://sks.to/peerreview
"Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?" http://sks.to/ipccskeptic
"Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored" http://sks.to/foi
"Corals are resilient to bleaching" http://sks.to/bleach
"We're heading into cooling" http://sks.to/futurecool
"They changed the name from global warming to climate change" http://sks.to/name
"Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/soares
"Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain" http://sks.to/seaice
"An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature" http://sks.to/linear
"Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009" http://sks.to/snowcover
"Earth hasn't warmed as much as expected" http://sks.to/inertia
"It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940" http://sks.to/trends

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  1. very nice, thank you!

    p.
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  2. awesome cool John!
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  3. Just waiting for Pop Tech to post up that these are not real short URLs ;)
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  4. Hey, that's excellent. I often post links to these topics and the short urls make it a lot easier.
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  5. Really useful. Very easy.
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  6. Great tool for the tweeting world.
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  7. This is a terriffic resource!
    I have been linking to SKS more and more often on my facebook Wall, and get a good response. (I have over 4,000 friends there.)

    I took the liberty of posting this with a short intro as a Note at
    Skeptical Science's Quick Guide Toolkit to Global Warming Baloney

    Numbering the list makes it even more impressive, IMHO.

    Thanks again.
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  8. I've updated the flashcards (link) to use the short URLs - or rather, I created a new set, since new myths&rebuttals have been added since I put up the original set. The new improved set is at:

    Skeptical Science climate flashcards - short URLs
    http://www.flashcardexchange.com/flashcards/view/1669772
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  9. ...but there's a bug there, you can't copy-paste the URLs. I'll point this out to the proprietors.
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  10. - "It's not a bug, it's a feature" (at least that's the gist of the initial response), but "Meanwhile you can select text [e.g., that short URL] in the card list off the edit menu."
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