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2012 SkS Weekly News Round-Up #3

Posted on 30 September 2012 by John Hartz

This is a sampling of the multitude of news articles and bolg posts about the many facets of climate change that were published and posted during the course of the past week. You are more than welcome to add links to articles and posts that you believe would be of interest to our SkS community in the comment thread of this post. 

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Air Pollution

Alpine Ecosystems

Analysis/Modeling

Antarctica

Arctic Sea Ice

Carbon Capture

Caribbean

Costs

Deforestation

Ecosystems

Energy Users

Extreme Weather

Great Barrier Reef

India

Media Matters

Ocean Acidification

Public Policy

Sea Level

Wind Energy

World Trade


Note: Given the breadth of issues covered in the articles cited, the comment thread to this post is open-ended. All comments posted must, however, conform to the SkS Comments Policy.

 

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  1. the URL for "America's miasma of misinformation on climate change" is missing.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/sep/23/america-miasma-misinformation-climate-change
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    Moderator Response: [JH]Link fixed. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
  2. I constantly am scanning environmental news.
    This list is very helpful, as is the list of scientific articles.

    Of course, I am careful with the journalistic contents:
    what matters is solid long term consolidated science.
    But the broad view gives a hint of what is going on,
    and what key words to look for further if one wants
    to stay informed.
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  3. The very first "pollution" news claims reducing pollution " coal-fired power plants, gas fracking, diesel trucks and biomass burning" would cool us down by 0.5K.

    But how about the reduced aerosols associated with pollution reduction. That would mean signifficant warming. I think the current positive forcings of "methane, black carbon or soot and smog" are smaller than the negative forcing of aerosols and cloud seeding, all from pollution. The exact forcings of tha latter is uncertain, but I would disagree that the overall net effect of pollutant removal would be cooling. That does not make sense accoring to radiative forcing summary in AR4 Figure 2 here.


    Of course things like fracking are leaking CH4 so contribute to positive forsings only but I cannot say the same about all sources of pollution.
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  4. Monckton still manages to get university gigs. Used to think universities were better than this
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] Link fixed.
  5. jake @4,

    Thanks for brining this news.

    Dr Russell McKenzie from SE Louisiana University, as the one who is "honored to have someone of his [Monckton] stature", should go on the black list of shameless deniers of the worst kind.
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  6. This just in from Yahoo News:

    If there's one thing the Democratic and Republican Presidential candidates seem to agree on, it's this: avoid the subject of climate change.

    Mitt Romney would rather joke about President Obama's grandiose promise to heal the planet back in 2008. And Barack Obama would rather talk about jobs saved or created in Ohio, Florida and other swing states.

    Never mind that this summer saw a record-breaking meltdown of Arctic sea ice, presaging rising sea levels and more extremely weird weather. Or that the U.S. is locked in a historic drought during what will most likely be the warmest year on record for this nation. Or that concentrations of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere continue to tick up inexorably. We are basically guaranteeing an even warmer future and much more acidic oceans.

    We thank the two presidential candidates for presenting their views on climate change in response to Scientific American's survey this year. However, neither laid out any kind of policy plan for how to deal with global warming.

    Let's break the code of silence. Maybe it's time for a moderator or audience member to directly ask a climate policy question during the October debates? Maybe?

    —David Biello
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  7. Stefan Rahmstorf in his blog Klima Lounge dissects Watts' „world climate widget“ as the skeptics most popular-trick-graphic, and a reader programmed a scalable graph showing temperature, CO2 and Solar cycles.

    I thinks thats a grand idea, only the graphic could be a bit more flashy (of course it is the underlying science that matters, but I think many uniformed will go by looks rather than content).

    Any chance for teaming up and creating a nice infographic?
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    Moderator Response: Fixed link to the good climate widget.
  8. And here is the graphic:
    World Climate
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  9. Appearing in Yahoo News / Green today:
    * Amsterdam goes green with electric scooter taxis (Reuters)
    * UK plan to merge Antarctic, ocean research stirs science (Reuters)
    * Can the World Save Lives and Combat Climate Change? (Scientific American)
    * Candidates Mum on Climate Change (Scientific American)

    This is at least a doubling of “Green” articles usually posted on Yahoo News.
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  10. A passing idea, and I didn't know where to post: it might be nice to have an article on raw data. There are several complaints/myths that target raw data -- can't get it, it was lost, adjustments/smoothing is a sign of fraud, etc. The post could include a link library for obtaining raw data and code -- temp data, solar, ice, etc. -- and a link library pointing to the various SkS and external posts addressing the issues.
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  11. DSL - A data link page might be nice here. In the meantime, you can look at the RealClimate Data Sources page, which links to a great many data sources - raw, homogenized, paleo, code for climate models, data analysis, and links to other collections of climate data.
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  12. In addition to RealClimate's links to data and models, see Tamino's Climate Data Linksat Open Mind.
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  13. With regards to the Great Barrier Reef, I came across a story on the Weather Network site about the deterioration of the reef.
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