Posts in ‘Environment’

Ho Ho, Hey Hey, Mum and Dad have got to pay

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Fascinated by the collision of unions, students and ideology. Tomorrow, on the Ides of March, we have a world wide withdrawal of attention by school children, who will protest against Climate Change. This is supported by the Australian Education Union. At the same time Sally McManus, Secretary of the ACTU, is campaigning for an increase […]

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CO2 may be responsible for more destructive forest fires

Friday, February 15th, 2019

Queensland was hit by forest fires, and the Queensland Premier was at it, blaming climate change (and the Australian government): “If you want to know what caused those conditions, I’ll give you an answer – it’s called climate change,” the Queensland premier told reporters. “It is only the LNP who could watch Queensland burn and […]

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This is what you get when you dump rubbish in an old mine

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Four Corners has struck again with another non-story that has panicked the political establishment. Queensland doesn’t have a waste levy. This means it is cheaper to dump in Queensland than elsewhere, creating a business opportunity for waste disposal companies who operate in New South Wales. Not surprisingly some of them have secured properly zoned dump […]

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Who will pay for the benefits of global warming?

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

More and more studies are emerging showing the benefits of increased CO2 in the atmosphere. While there appears to be a correlation with temperature, there is also a correlation with more rainfall, more plant life and fewer storms. Some of these obviously act to counteract the temperature correlation. While the Stern Review is widely cited […]

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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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