Posts in ‘Environment’

Pascal’s wager called into defence of climate change

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Professor Martin Weissman Weitzman postulates “that if there is a finite possibility, however small, of an infinitely bad outcome (human extinction) then virtually any cost is worth incurring to prevent it,” according to Peter Lilley, writing in this review of the Stern Report. But that is essentially the trick that Pascal used to justify religious […]

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There is a correlation between CO2 and world security

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Prince Charles and Bernie Sanders are on to something. There does appear to be a correlation between carbon dioxide emissions and world security. It’s just that they are holding one graph the wrong way around. This is a graph of CO2 emissions over the last 100 or so years. And this is a graph of […]

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This woman should never be left alone with a public policy

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Nichola Hungerford is the Campaign Coordinator for the Queensland Conservation Council, and on the available evidence she is a fringe lunatic. This morning on 612 ABC Steve Austin asked her a question he’s been asking all environmental campaigners: Austin: Is there any mine that the QCCC suports in the state? Hungerford: No…how do you actually […]

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Chasing our tail on greenhouse emissions

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Australia apparently has met its greenhouse targets, but that’s not good enough for the Greens. So I’ve done some digging to see what our performance on reducing emissions looks like, and it’s no worse than most, and better than some. But pay special attention to the worst performing countries. They are South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, […]

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Climate ‘skeptic’ out but eugenicist in at UWA

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

I’m not sure how this works, but the University of Western Australia decided it couldn’t accept federal government money to host Bjorn Lomborg’s Australian Consensus Centre, but it is happy to host a lecture by Peter Singer, a man who advocates infanticide, eugenics and bestiality. Lomborg’s sin was apparently to question not the official IPCC […]

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Heat not hiding in the ocean

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Anyone who understands physics, which excludes many prognosticators on climate change (yes, I’m thinking of you @beneltham*), understands that the oceans drive the climate. So it was always a bit of a stretch to think that the plateau in global temperatures of over the last 18 or so years was because the heat was hiding […]

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Seeney, councils and sea levels

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Was Jeff Seeney wrong to order Moreton Bay Regional Council to remove any reference to climate change-derived sea level rises from its regional plan? “Experts”, the local council and environment groups say he is, but the actual figures say “maybe not”. There is no global warming occurring at the moment, but there has been global warming […]

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Green climate deniers

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

A climate denier is apparently someone who says anything that disagrees with the IPCC Assessment Reports. That makes Christine Milne, Al Gore, and my fellow blogger Ronda, climate deniers. They all assert that climate change is causing more extreme weather, including more tropical cyclones and hurricanes. This is contrary to the most recent IPCC Assessment […]

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Under the Moruya Moon (17)

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

There is busy and rewarding and then there is too busy and uncertain rewards. We have been caught up these past few months working out how far to go with developing our little land on a ridge. The kangaroos are part of the considerations, but are not amenable to negotiations about our relative rights. Are […]

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Global Climate Opinion heats up

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

The joy and relief of being back in Australia, and the gorgeous, green and peaceful landscape of Canberra in particular has been somewhat deflated by the threats against us made by certain violent nut-cases. It would be a mistake to credit their violence with religious dogma, as no religion preaches genocide. It would also be […]

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