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Climate Hustle

SkS Weekly Digest #21

Posted on 24 October 2011 by John Hartz

SkS Highlights

The findings of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study (BEST) were addressed in two SkS articles, Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study: “The effect of urban heating on the global trends is nearly negligible” by Andy S and The BEST Kind of Skepticism. Both articles have generated numerous comments.

Toon of the Week

If Climate Change was a Dog

The Week in Review

Here's a list of aticles posted on SkS during the past week.

  • Climate Change Demands New Decision-Making Strategies by National Leaders by John Hartz
  • The BEST Kind of Skepticism by Dana 
  • Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Study: “The effect of urban heating on the global trends is nearly negligible” by Andy S 
  • Arctic Ice Volume is diminishing even more rapidly than Area by Peter Hogarth
  • Sea levels will continue to rise for 500 years by John Hartz
  • How Increasing Carbon Dioxide Heats The Ocean by Rob Painting
  • Comparing Global Temperature Predictions by Dana
  • Coming Soon

    Here's a list of articles that are in the SkS pipeline. Most, but not necessarily all, will be posted during the week.

    • 9 Months After McLean (Dana)
    • Not so Permanent Permafrost (Agnostic)
    • Is there a case against human caused global warming in the peer-reviewed literature? (Jim Powell)
    • Yes, It's Still Us, and It's Still Bad (Dana)
    • Economic growth and climate change (Perseus)
    • Rethinking connection between soil as a carbon reservoir and global warming (John H)

    SkS in the News

    The Sydney Morning Herald has added a permanent link to SkS on its Environment webpage. The picture used and its caption are reprinted below:

    Smoke bellow from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest biggest coal-fired power plant

    Answering the sceptics

    Dana's Comparing Global Temperature Predictions has been reposted by Zachary Sahan on PlanetSave

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    Comments 1 to 5:

    1. Great work everyone at SkS. Can't wait for the new ones in the pipeline!
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    2. In the cartoon, I wonder what would make a good three-heads metaphor. I suppose if someone wanted to, they could draw 7 heads, and note that CO2 absorbs/emits strongly at wavenumber 666. But, bringing in a biblical boogeyman would probably not play well, with anyone, science-based or religious. For some reason, a Greek mythological monster does not raise eyebrows in the same way.
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    3. RE#2 Chris G

      or perhaps somebody near by facing the other way having a tea party?
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    4. You were expecting maybe a Kraken???

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    5. Yocta, nice one!

      Daniel, I had missed that post, thanks. Not that I was unaware of clathrate potential, but that post is succinct.
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