"Most discussed posts of 2008"
Who the heck knows what the best posts are? But I do have two quantitative measures of the hottest posts — most comments and most views (Part II).
The most-discussed post received more than 500 comments, a figure I doubt I’ll ever match again! This most comments” list is, I think, a good introduction to what Climate Progress is all about:
44 (comments). Krauthammer, Part 2: The real reason conservatives don’t believe in climate science.
47. The Self-Limiting Future of Nuclear Power, Part 1
48. Is 450 ppm politically possible? Part 6: What the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner bill debate tells us
48. Obama’s strongest message on climate yet: John Holdren to be named Science Adviser
50. American Physical Society stomps on Monckton disinformation — thank you Climate Progress readers
50. Media enable denier spin 1: A (sort of) cold January doesn’t mean climate stopped warming
51. Is 450 ppm politically possible? Part 2.5: The fuzzy math of the stabilization wedges
57. Peak Oil? Bring it on!
61. How desperate are climate scientists? Desperate enough to contemplate geo-engineering.
61. What are the near-term climate Pearl Harbors?
64. Plug-in Hybrid FAQ
64. “Nature article on ‘cooling’ confuses media, deniers: Next decade may see rapid warming
64. Hadley Center to delayers (this means you Pielke): We’re warming, not cooling
65. Obama: Climate bill is “good first step” but “not perfect”
66. Is 450 ppm (or less) politically possible? Part 3: The breakthrough technology illusion
66. Is 450 ppm politically possible? Part 0: The alternative is humanity’s self-destruction
68. Yes, even low levels of radiation cause harm — and coal plants are worse than nuclear plants*
69. An open letter to James Hansen on the real truth about stabilizing at 350 ppm
72. Physicists forced to reaffirm that human-caused global warming is “incontrovertible”
75. Lake Chad now more like Pond Chad
80. Polluter appeasement — should we question the patriotism of deniers?
81. Michael Crichton, world’s most famous global warming denier, dies
82. How do we really know humans are causing global warming?*
85. Is 450 ppm (or less) politically possible? Part 2: The Solution
91. McCain calls for 700+ new nuclear plants (and seven Yucca mountains) costing $4 trillion
109. Memo to T. Boone Pickens: Your energy plan is half-brilliant, half-dumb
137. EIA bombshell: Offshore drilling “would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030″³
And the winner by a country mile is
525. The deniers are winning, especially with the GOP
[A good follow up to the winner is The Deniers are winning, but only with the GOP.]
Interestingly, I think “most comments” turns out to be a better ranking system than “most views,” as you’ll see. While “most views” seems like a sounder metric on paper, in fact it is rather arbitrarily determined by whether I get picked up by some uber-popular website like Digg.
Note: The above list is (almost) every post that received 50 or more comments, with a few in the 40s thrown in to round out this introductory post for the side bar.