2016 SkS Weekly Digest #1
Posted on 3 January 2016 by John Hartz
SkS Highlights... El Niño Impacts... Toon of the Week... Quote of the Week... They Said What?... SkS in the News... Coming Soon on SkS... Poster of the Week... SkS Week in Review... 97 Hours of Consensus...
The strong economics of wind energy by John Abraham (Climate Consensus - the 97%, The Guardian) attracted the highest number of comments of the articles posted on SkS during the past week.
El Niño Impacts
What effect will a disappearing El Niño have on the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season?
Wait, you may rightly ask. Isn't the current El Niño one of the strongest on record?
Indeed it is. But, as expected, this one appears to have reached its peak in late 2015, and is expected to weaken substantially or disappear altogether by the start of the hurricane season.
Does a Weakening El Niño Mean a More Dangerous 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season? by John Erdman, The Weather Channel, Jan 2, 2016
Toon of the Week
Hat tip to I Heart Climate Scientists
Quote of the Week
"I think the aspiration of the agreement in Paris does mark the beginning of the end for the fossil fuel era, but the question really is how quickly the end can come," said Supran*. "For students...it means working on the institutions we have influence over, like me at MIT, urging our administration to stop investing, for example, in coal of the past and start investing in sustainability and renewables of the future."
*MIT graduate student and activist Geoffrey Supran.
2015: The Year Divestment Hit the Mainstream by Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News, Dec 31, 2015
They Said What?
The 15 Most Ridiculous Things Conservative Media Said About Climate Change In 2015 by Kevin Kalhoefer, Media Matters for America, Dec 30, 2015
SkS in the News
British peer Lord Christopher Monckton, the self-titled crown prince of climate sceptics, was one of the first to emerge from the back of the Hummer limo. In typically vaudevillian manner, Monckton played to the cameras by pointing at the University of Queensland’s John Cook — who was there to interview sceptics — calling him a “crook” in French and English. Cook is the bête noire of denialists, being the lead author of a science study finding that 97 per cent of peer reviewed studies on climate change agreed that it was mostly caused by human activity.
The Fakery of the Paris ‘Red Carpet’ Premiere of Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle Film by Graham Readfearn. DeSmog, Dec 30, 2015
Coming Soon on SkS
- 95% consensus of economists: hurry up and cut carbon pollution (Dana)
- Latest data shows cooling Sun, warming Earth (MarkR)
- Why is the largest Earth science conference still sponsored by Exxon? (Ploy Achakulwisut, Ben Scandella, Britta Voss)
- Carbon Brief’s 15 numbers for 2015 (Carbon Brief Staff)
- Guest Post (John Abraham)
- 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup#2 (John Hartz)
- 2016 SkS Weekly Digest (John Hartz)
Poster of the Week
SkS Week in Review
- 2016 SkS Weekly News Roundup #1 by John Hartz
- Tracking the 2°C Limit - November 2015 by Rob Honeycutt
- Alberta's new carbon tax by Andy Skuce
- Why we need the next-to-impossible 1.5°C temperature target by Simon Donner (Carbon Brief)
- 2015 in Review: another productive year for the Skeptical Science team by Baerbel W
- The strong economics of wind energy by John Abraham (Climate Consensus - the 97%, The Guardian)
- 2015 SkS Weekly Digest #52 by John Hartz
97 Hours of Consensus: James White