Posts in ‘Environment’

Being contrary on climate isn’t enough

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Generally it is more interesting and important to point out problems with the orthodoxy on climate change than its opponents, because it is orthodoxy that gets put into policy, not heterodoxy. But as the climate debate fractures in the face of evidence, a wider range of views becomes significant. Climate skeptics have recently been excited […]

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Posted by Graham at 4:39 pm | Comments (17) |
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A Fruitful Pause…

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Those avid readers of Ambit Gambit might have noticed my absence these past many months. Family, farm and finances can cloud the personal space. However, climate change remains a key issue for me, so this year I ran a course on climate change science and policy through the University of the Third Age on the […]

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Green energy not fit for purpose

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Germany’s wind and solar power generation came to a standstill in late 2013. More than 23,000 wind turbines ran out of wind and most of the one million photovoltaic systems ran out of sunlight. For a whole week, coal nuclear and gas-powered plants generated an estimated 95 percent of Germany’s electricity. Britain has 3,500 wind […]

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Posted by Viv Forbes at 10:34 am | Comments (13) |
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Polar vortex or absent cortex?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Some simple minded folk are saying that the current cold weather in North America ‘proves’ that climate change doesn’t exist. And our enlightened government has put out an energy white paper which manages not to mention either climate change or peak oil. Does that also confirm their non-existence? Or try these below, as the leaders […]

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Posted by Ronda Jambe at 10:19 am | Comments (25) |
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Jumping the shark on cultural nihilism

Monday, January 6th, 2014

4,000 people protesting WA government plans to cull large sharks around surfing beaches is a sign that something has gone seriously wrong with Australian culture. These 4,000 apparently think that shark lives are more important than human lives. There are always a few people who think that the world would be better off without mankind, […]

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A different dialogue on climate change

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

This morning the ABC Radio National was talking to someone from local councils in Queensland. I only heard the end of it, but he was making the case for longer term approaches to the problems created by severe weather events. He said Queensland (or his part of it) has had 4 severe events in 4 […]

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Paedophilia, climate science and the ABC

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

In today’s Science Show Robyn Williams smears climate change sceptics by comparing scepticism of the IPCC view that the world faces catastrophic climate change because of CO2 emissions with support for paedophilia, use of asbestos to treat asthma, and use of crack cocaine by teenagers. Don’t believe me? Then listen to the broadcast. It is hard […]

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Posted by Graham at 5:12 pm | Comments (44) |
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Fish rot from the head Part 1

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

They say that fish rot from the head, so could the drop in Australia’s performance in education be due to the quality of some of the academics holding tenured positions at universities rather than what happens in primary and secondary school? If credentialled, well-funded and tenured tertiary institution staff are capable of dishing-up research which […]

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What can we learn from the Mid-Evil?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

What is the anthropocene? That’s the term Jim Cruzen coined to describe the tiny span in our plantet’s history that has been shaped by human activity.  Scratching the soil, playing with fire, seeing if water can be moved or blocked, the stuff that led to civilisation. This started long before recorded history, or the classic […]

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A couple of people woth listening to

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Once in a while, I forward an article in its entirety. Besides I am in France and their keyboards drive me nuts. Below are two book reviews by  Jenny Goldie, reprinted with permission. Some of you may be familiar  with her clear thinking and writing from other National Forum articles  and activism on population issues. […]

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