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SkS Weekly Digest #11

Posted on 15 August 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

Eco-fiction made its first appearance on SkS in the chilling introduction to Where have all the people gone? authored by Daniel Bailey. Kudos to Bailey for breaking new ground.  

Toon of the Week

The Week in Review

  • Soil Carbon in the Australian Political Debate (Part 1 of 2) (Alan Marshall)
  • OA not OK part 16: Omega (Doug Mackie)
  • Blaming nature for the CO2 rise doesn't add up (Mark R)
  • OA not OK part 15: No accounting for taste (Doug Mackie)
  • Murry Salby - Confused About The Carbon Cycle (Rob Painting)
  • Two more reviews of Climate Change Denial (John Cook)
  • The Ridley Riddle Part Three: Like a Northern Rock (Andy S)
  • Climate Denial Video #5: Settled science and impossible expectations (John Cook)
  • Christy Crock #7: Expensive and inaccessible (Part 2) (Sarah)
  • Christy Crock #7: People Need Fossil Fuel Energy (Part 1) (Sarah)
  • Skeptical Science Helps Students Debunk Climate Myths (John Cook)
  • The Last Interglacial Part Three - Melting Ice and Rising Seas (Steve Brown & JG)
  • Where have all the people gone? (Daniel Bailey)
  • Climate Denial Video #4: The favourite weapon of deniers, cherry picking (John Cook)
  • Coming Soon...

    • Slovenian translation of The Scientific Guide to Global Warming Skepticism (John Cook)
    • One Confusedi Bastardi (Dana)
    • Postma Greenhouse Effect 1 (Chris Colose)
    • Postma Greenhouse Effect 2 (Chris Colose)
    • Soil Carbon in the Australian Political Debate (Part 2 of 2) (Alan)
    • OA not OK part 17: Pumping currents (Doug Mackie)
    • Climate Skeptic Fool's Gold (Dana)
    • GHG mitigation solutions for the Right (Scaddenp)
    • Settled Science - the Human-Caused Atmospheric CO2 Increase (Dana)
    • OA not OK 18: Been This Way Before (Doug Mackie)
    • A climate sensitivity primer (James)
    • A Lousy Two Degrees - Who Cares? (Agnostic)

    SkS in the News

    How we know we're causing global warming in a single graphic was re-posted on Climate Progress

    Ocean Cooling Corrected, Again was re-posted on Climate Progress and Richard Dawkins' blog

    Lessons from Past Climate Predictions: Wallace Broecker was re-posted on Climate Progress

    ClimateSight reviewed Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand

    SkS Spotlights

    The Marian Koshland Science Museum in Washington, DC offers an interactive learning experience specifically designed for teenagers and adults, including supplemental teaching materials and school field trips.

    The museum has identified unique, inquiry-based activities related to its Global Warming and DNA exhibits that are designed for middle and high-school students and adhere to the National Academies’ National Science Education Standards.

    The Koshland Science Museum will offer structured field trips for middle and high school classes beginning in the 2004-2005 school year. Students choose to focus on either global warming or DNA then divide into teams to explore the museum’s exhibits. Afterward, students participate in a peer-teaching exercise that culminates in a whole class discussion focused on a specific question.

    Field Trip Overview provides a general description of a field trip visit.

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    1. Nice 'toon. I deal with reassured people every day.
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    2. Funny Cartoon- sadly true.

      but those who are lying- the question in the future are they criminally going to be responsible?
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    3. newcrusader: that's what all the funding for 'skeptical' scientists is for. So long as there are 'climate scientists' who are preaching that global warming isn't happening, the deniers can point to that and say "but these experts said it wasn't happening!".

      As for the 'experts' themselves... well, it becomes difficult to prove criminal behaviour without any direct evidence that they knew they were wrong, as opposed to just being wrong, also that they knew their actions would result in significant damage or losses to others.
      Similarly, there is lots of circumstantial evidence that certain 'experts' were paid a lot of money to cast unsubstantiated doubt on claims that smoking causes cancer, but is it enough to stand up in a court of law?
      Then you need to have someone actually interested in prosecuting the case. Even if that happens, will they just hide behind the corporate veil, and have the company pay a fine while none of the individuals concerned actually suffer any direct consequences? That seems to be a common outcome - and, to me, is a key argument as to why corporations should not be classed as 'natural persons' legally - they don't share the risks that real people do, such as spending time in prison. Penalties are normally limited to fines, it takes something exceptional for the actual people within a corporation to be punished directly.
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    4. Hah! I think that's the first toon I've seen that actually made me lol.
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    5. This seems based on SkS input:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/interactive/2011/aug/15/everything-know-climate-change?CMP=twt_gu

      Great infographic with science-based soundbites!
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    6. Great cartoon!
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