2011-02-11 13:01:44sks.to Short URLs now working
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
123.211.149.21

I've got the sks.to domain working so it now redirects directly to SkS rebuttals. So every published skeptic argument now has a short URL, handy for tweeting and comments or just giving to people - much easier to remember these URLs. Here's the page I'm going to publish on the website:

http://www.skepticalscience.com/shorturls.php

I'm going to publish this shortly but once it's published, all these short URLs are locked in stone. They can't be changed otherwise short URLs given out will become defunct. So I would appreciate if everyone could have a look at the following list and suggest any improvements. The goal is always to be as short as possible but also intuitive so it's easy to remember:

"It's the sun" http://sks.to/sun
"Climate's changed before" http://sks.to/past
"There is no consensus" http://sks.to/consensus
"It's cooling" http://sks.to/cooling
"Models are unreliable" http://sks.to/model
"Temp record is unreliable" http://sks.to/temp
"It hasn't warmed since 1998" http://sks.to/1998
"Ice age predicted in the 70s" http://sks.to/1970s
"We're heading into an ice age" http://sks.to/iceage
"Antarctica is gaining ice" http://sks.to/antarctica
"CO2 lags temperature" http://sks.to/lag
"It's not bad" http://sks.to/impacts
"Al Gore got it wrong" http://sks.to/gore
"It's cosmic rays" http://sks.to/cosmic
"It's freaking cold!" http://sks.to/cold
"Hurricanes aren't linked to global warming" http://sks.to/hurricane
"1934 - hottest year on record" http://sks.to/1934
"Hockey stick is broken" http://sks.to/hockey
"Mars is warming" http://sks.to/mars
"It's Urban Heat Island effect" http://sks.to/UHI
"It's a 1500 year cycle" http://sks.to/cycle
"Arctic icemelt is a natural cycle" http://sks.to/arcticcycle
"Sea level rise is exaggerated" http://sks.to/sealevel
"Water vapor is the most powerful greenhouse gas" http://sks.to/vapor
"Other planets are warming" http://sks.to/planet
"Greenland was green" http://sks.to/greenland
"Oceans are cooling" http://sks.to/oceanheat
"Climategate CRU emails suggest conspiracy" http://sks.to/climategate
"Human CO2 is a tiny % of CO2 emissions" http://sks.to/co2
"Climate sensitivity is low" http://sks.to/sensitivity
"CO2 effect is weak" http://sks.to/greenhouse
"We're coming out of the Little Ice Age" http://sks.to/LIA
"It cooled mid-century" http://sks.to/midcentury
"Glaciers are growing" http://sks.to/glacier
"It warmed before 1940 when CO2 was low" http://sks.to/lowco2
"There's no empirical evidence" http://sks.to/empirical
"Polar bear numbers are increasing" http://sks.to/bear
"Satellites show no warming in the troposphere" http://sks.to/troposphere
"Mt. Kilimanjaro's ice loss is due to land use" http://sks.to/kilimanjaro
"IPCC is alarmist" http://sks.to/ipcc
"Extreme weather isn't caused by global warming" http://sks.to/extreme
"CO2 is not a pollutant" http://sks.to/pollutant
"There's no correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/correlate
"Greenland is gaining ice" http://sks.to/greenland
"CO2 was higher in the past" http://sks.to/co2past
"Scientists can't even predict weather" http://sks.to/weather
"There's no tropospheric hot spot" http://sks.to/hotspot
"Neptune is warming" http://sks.to/neptune
"Jupiter is warming" http://sks.to/jupiter
"It's Pacific Decadal Oscillation" http://sks.to/PDO
"CO2 effect is saturated" http://sks.to/saturate
"Pluto is warming" http://sks.to/pluto
"Greenland ice sheet won't collapse" http://sks.to/collapse
"Volcanoes emit more CO2 than humans" http://sks.to/volcano
"Animals and plants can adapt to global warming" http://sks.to/species
"Medieval Warm Period was warmer" http://sks.to/MWP
"CO2 measurements are suspect" http://sks.to/co2data
"It's the ocean" http://sks.to/ocean
"It's El Niño" http://sks.to/elnino
"Arctic sea ice has recovered" http://sks.to/arctic
"Less than half of published scientists endorse global warming" http://sks.to/schulte
"Dropped stations introduce warming bias" http://sks.to/noaa
"Solar Cycle Length proves its the sun" http://sks.to/scl
"It's aerosols" http://sks.to/aerosols
"It's microsite influences" http://sks.to/microsite
"CO2 has a short residence time" http://sks.to/residence
"It's a climate regime shift" http://sks.to/shift
"2nd law of thermodynamics contradicts greenhouse theory" http://sks.to/thermo
"Humans are too insignificant to affect global climate" http://sks.to/insignifican
"It's not happening" http://sks.to/nowarm
"Greenhouse effect has been falsified" http://sks.to/falsify
"It's land use" http://sks.to/landuse
"The science isn't settled" http://sks.to/settled
"2009-2010 winter saw record cold spells" http://sks.to/winter
"It's methane" http://sks.to/methane
"500 scientists refute the consensus" http://sks.to/500
"Mike's Nature trick to 'hide the decline'" http://sks.to/decline
"IPCC were wrong about Himalayan glaciers" http://sks.to/himalaya
"Ocean acidification isn't serious" http://sks.to/acid
"Sea level rise predictions are exaggerated" http://sks.to/seapredict
"Naomi Oreskes' study on consensus was flawed" http://sks.to/oreskes
"Phil Jones says no global warming since 1995" http://sks.to/1995
"Ice isn't melting" http://sks.to/icemelt
"CO2 is coming from the ocean" http://sks.to/oceanco2
"It's not us" http://sks.to/human
"CO2 is not increasing" http://sks.to/co2up
"It's albedo" http://sks.to/albedo
"Record snowfall disproves global warming" http://sks.to/snowfall
"Hansen's 1988 prediction was wrong" http://sks.to/1988
"Lindzen and Choi find low climate sensitivity" http://sks.to/lindzenchoi
"The sun is getting hotter" http://sks.to/ACRIM
"Solar cycles cause global warming" http://sks.to/solarcycle
"Springs aren't advancing" http://sks.to/spring
"Over 31,000 scientists signed the OISM Petition Project" http://sks.to/oism
"Water levels correlate with sunspots" http://sks.to/water
"IPCC were wrong about Amazon rainforests" http://sks.to/amazon
"Climate is chaotic and cannot be predicted" http://sks.to/chaos
"Water vapor in the stratosphere stopped global warming" http://sks.to/stratosphere
"Scientists retracted claim that sea levels are rising" http://sks.to/retract
"Mauna Loa is a volcano" http://sks.to/mauna
"CO2 is not the only driver of climate" http://sks.to/driver
"Trenberth can't account for the lack of warming" http://sks.to/trenberth
"CO2 was higher in the late Ordovician" http://sks.to/ordovician
"Southern sea ice is increasing" http://sks.to/southice
"Melting ice isn't warming the Arctic" http://sks.to/amplify
"Global warming stopped in 1998, 1995, 2002, 2007, 2010, ????" http://sks.to/stopped
"Tree-rings diverge from temperature after 1960" http://sks.to/diverge
"The IPCC consensus is phoney" http://sks.to/hulme
"It's CFCs" http://sks.to/cfc
"A drop in volcanic activity caused warming" http://sks.to/volcanodrop
"CO2 emissions do not correlate with CO2 concentration" http://sks.to/co2conc
"It's global brightening" http://sks.to/bright
"Warming causes CO2 rise" http://sks.to/warmco2
"It's ozone" http://sks.to/ozone
"It's satellite microwave transmissions" http://sks.to/microwave
"We didn't have global warming during the Industrial Revolution" http://sks.to/revolution
"Greenland has only lost a tiny fraction of its ice mass" http://sks.to/fraction
"Antarctica is too cold to lose ice" http://sks.to/toocold
"It's waste heat" http://sks.to/waste
"Satellite error inflated Great Lakes temperatures" http://sks.to/greatlake
"Positive feedback means runaway warming" http://sks.to/runaway
"IPCC overestimate temperature rise" http://sks.to/overestimate
"Breathing contributes to CO2 buildup" http://sks.to/breath
"Ice Sheet losses are overestimated" http://sks.to/iceloss
"Royal Society embraces skepticism" http://sks.to/royalsoc
"DMI show cooling Arctic" http://sks.to/dmi
"CO2 only causes 35% of global warming" http://sks.to/35percent
"Humidity is falling" http://sks.to/humidity
"It's a natural cycle" http://sks.to/naturalcycle
"It's only a few degrees" http://sks.to/fewdegrees
"It's too hard" http://sks.to/toohard
"CO2 limits will harm the economy" http://sks.to/economy
"Renewables can't provide baseload power" http://sks.to/baseload
"Clouds provide negative feedback" http://sks.to/cloud
"CRU tampered with temperature data" http://sks.to/tamper
"Peer review process was corrupted" http://sks.to/peerreview
"Skeptics were kept out of the IPCC?" http://sks.to/ipccskeptic
"Freedom of Information (FOI) requests were ignored" http://sks.to/foi
"Corals are resilient to bleaching" http://sks.to/bleach
"We're heading into cooling" http://sks.to/futurecool
"They changed the name from global warming to climate change" http://sks.to/change
"Soares finds lack of correlation between CO2 and temperature" http://sks.to/soares
"Arctic sea ice loss is matched by Antarctic sea ice gain" http://sks.to/seaice
"An exponential increase in CO2 will result in a linear increase in temperature" http://sks.to/linear
"Record high snow cover was set in winter 2008/2009" http://sks.to/snowcover
"Earth hasn't warmed as much as expected" http://sks.to/inertia
"It warmed just as fast in 1860-1880 and 1910-1940" http://sks.to/trends

 

2011-02-12 01:36:09
k9

nick@kocharhook...
94.12.93.2

I just wrote out a whole response after going through each one of these, and right before I was about to submit it I forgot and pressed the WYSIWYG button... boom, whole post gone. :-( A fix for that would be nice!

Let me see what I can remember:

/greenland -- used twice. I propose "green" for "greenland was green"

/500 -- Hopefully you're going to want to do /18 -> Hockey Stick, in which case 500 is a bit close for comfort.

/decline -- I propose "trick" since it's shorter and arguably easier to understand with no more context.

/noaa -- I propose "dropped". And why is that page not listed on the arguments page and commentless?

/co2 -- a bit vague. Maybe "ourco2" or "mansco2"

Lastly, I think all the initialisms should be lowercase (e.g. acrim) so that people don't have to remember whether they are or not (e.g. co2 is never capitalized).

2011-02-12 13:32:12More suggested changes
James Wight

jameswight@southernphone.com...
112.213.148.195
  • “/cycle” to “/1500cycle” (to free up “/cycle” – see below)
  • “/planet” to “/planets” (more logical)
  • “/lowco2” to “pre1940” (more specific)
  • “/collapse” to “/icecollapse” (more specific)
  • “/insignifican” to “/significant” (whole word)
  • “/human” to “/AGW” (more specific)
  • “/1988” to “/hansen” (more specific)
  • “/water” to “/watersun” (more context)
  • “/retract” to “/searetract” (more context)
  • “/trenberth” to “/travesty” (shorter)
  • “/revolution” to “1750” (shorter, more specific)
  • “/fraction” to “/icefraction” (more specific)
  • “/naturalcycle” to “/cycle” (shorter)
  • “/change” to “/name” (more specific)
2011-02-17 17:46:03Thanks
John Cook

john@skepticalscience...
144.131.205.143
Have made most of these changes and a few others also. Feedback very much appreciated!
2011-03-03 05:24:31
k9

nick@kocharhook...
94.12.33.61
Thanks for all the work on this, John! Are we going to be able to link to arguments by their number as well? (E.g. sks.to/18 goes to the "Hockey Stick is broken" rebuttal.) That would be a great addition. The number would need to be the one used on the fixed numbers page, obviously.