2012 SkS Weekly Digest #14
Posted on 9 April 2012 by John Hartz
Dana's Yes Happer and Spencer, Global Warming Continues started the week by rebutting another anti-science letter published in the Wall Street Jounal. Alex C posted Part I of Why David Archibald is wrong about solar cycles driving sea levels and Dana posted Part II of Monckton Misleads California Lawmakers - Now It's Personal .
Toon of the Week
H/T to Joe Romm's Climate Progress
Quote of the week
"It follows from this that the radiation from the earth into space does not go on directly from the ground, but on the average from a layer of the atmosphere having a considerable height above sea-level. The height of that layer depends on the thermal quality of the atmosphere, and will vary with that quality. The greater is the absorbing powerof the air for heat rays emitted from the ground, the higher will that layer be. But the higher the layer, the lower is its temperature relatively to that of the ground; and as radiation from the layer into space is the less the lower its temperature is, it follows that the ground will be hotter the higher the radiating layer is."
From a paper presented to the Royal Meteorological Society at its Jubilee on April 3, 1900, by Nils Ekholm. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, vol. XXVII, No. 117, pp. 1-61, 1901.
H/T to Riccardo.
Issue of the Week
How optimistic are you that the human race will get its act together in time to stave off catastrophic climate change?
The Week in Review
A complete listing of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.
- New Understanding of Past Global Warming Events by John Hartz
- Climate Scientists take on Richard Lindzen by Dana
- Submerged Forests off the coast of Wales: a Climate Change Snapshot by John Mason
- Eocene Park: our experiment to recreate the atmosphere of an ancient hothouse climate by Andy S
- Monckton Misleads California Lawmakers - Now It's Personal (Part 2) by Dana
- Why David Archibald is wrong about solar cycles driving sea levels (Part 1) by Alex C
- New research from last week 13/2012 by Ari Jokimäki
- Yes Happer and Spencer, Global Warming Continues by Dana
A list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most of these articles, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week.
- Shakun et al. Clarify the CO2-Temperature Lag (Dana)
- New research from last week 14/2012 (Ari Jokimäki)
- DeConto et al: Thawing permafrost drove the PETM extreme heat event (Andy S)
- Data Contradicts Connection Between Earth's Tilt and the Seasons (ptbrown31)
- Global Surface Warming Since 1995 (Dana)
- Global Warming in a Nutshell (Larry M)
- Why David Archibald is wrong about solar cycles driving sea level (Part 1B) (Alex C)
- Linking Weird Weather to Rapid Warming of the Arctic (Daniel Bailey)
- Global Warming - A Health Warning (Agnostic)
- Advancing Climate Science, One Skeptic Talking Point at a Time (rustneversleeps)
- Methane - Part 1 (Agnostic)
SkS in the News
Simple Myth Debunking of the Week
The #12 most popular climate myth - that CO2 lags temperature, and therefore CO2 doesn't cause global warming - has been debunked in greater detail by Shakun et al. (2012). Although the initial global warming during glacial-interglacial transitions was triggered by orbital cycles, over 90% of the glacial-interglacial warming occurred after the CO2 increase. We will explore this finding in greater detail in Shakun et al. Clarify the CO2-Temperature Lag.
SkS Spotlights: CCAFS
The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is a 10-year research initiative launched by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP).
CCAFS seeks to overcome the threats to agriculture and food security in a changing climate, exploring new ways of helping vulnerable rural communities adjust to global changes in climate.