If this turns out to be substantial research maybe it will stop professional denialists like Andrew Bolt and Tim Blair carrying on like school kids with a fart cushion every time a cold snap ensues.
Floods are scary things. And they are due to get a lot scarier.
Potential extent of flooding by 2080: Click to enlarge
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We were talking on a range of topics, but one that piqued my interest was the description of IBM’s work in photovoltaics – and a few thoughts on where they were going. I did not ask, and he did not offer, any particulars on the work in progress, but he did make mention of a few points that I thought were well worth repeating:
Three Welsh inventors are touting their Greenbox system that would replace car exhaust systems with an emissions capture system. It uses algae to absorb the emitted gases and hold them inertly so that the boxes can be easily transported for centralised processing of the car wastes.
The three [...] have set up a company called Maes Anturio Limited, which translates from Welsh as Field Adventure.
KEVIN Rudd has announced a $20 million Labor package to support the Tasmanian forestry industry and assess the possible impacts of climate change.
Mr Rudd said his position on a proposed pulp mill in Bass would depend on environmental impact assessments.
Sydney green? You've got to be kidding
I hope the rest of your green cities aren't as full of hot air as Sydney. The skies ain't blue in Sydney any more and the rail system is on its last legs. Green Square is green only in name and is just a property development. And our national environment minister's plan to phase out electric light bulbs was made with an eye to an election this year, sounds implausible given the 'plan' to phase out disposable plastic bags in supermarkets has been going on for about ten years, is left up to industry, and has achieved little.
It also pales into insignificance from an Environment Minister who steadfastly refuses to sign the Kyoto Treaty.
by grantnw at 10:26 PM on 20 Jul 2007
India and China are among the world's largest polluters and are coming under international pressure to agree to mandatory emission cuts.
A recent report by environmental experts said India would be among the countries worst affected by climate change.
In his opening remarks at the meeting of India's National Council for Climate Change, Mr Singh acknowledged the scale of the problem.
But no mention was made of cutting carbon emissions.
THOUSANDSs of people awoke in makeshift shelters in southern and central England after abandoning their cars on flooded highways or leaving trains disrupted by torrential rains.
At Bampton in the west of Oxfordshire more than 300 homes flooded and 1200 left without power.
Helen Rossington of MeteoGroup UK said: "Average rainfall for the whole of July is about 35 millimetres. But some places have had as much as 85 millimetres in a few hours."
RAF troops from Kinloss, in Scotland, helped evacuate 60 people from Sedgeberrow in Worcestershire who were stranded after the River Isbourne burst its banks.
If you refuse to accept a statement, and justify your refusal by criticizing the person who made the statement, then you are guilty of abusive argumentum ad hominem — the truth of an assertion doesn't depend on the virtues of the person asserting it.
To reject a proposition based on the fact that it was also asserted by some other easily criticized person is another form of abusive argumentum ad hominem.
Try and persuade someone to accept a statement you make, by referring to that person's particular circumstances, and you are also an abuser.
It's not always invalid to refer to the circumstances of an individual who is making a claim. If someone is a known perjurer or liar, that fact will reduce their credibility as a witness.
He said that the outcomes from this meeting would feed into the UN climate negotiation process.
The international climate debate needs to embrace a "new way of thinking" to tackle the problem, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged. He called for both industrialised and developing nations to focus on limiting future global greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Ban added that he would convene a climate summit to help reach consensus on a global climate action plan.
The idea of making developing nations enforce emissions caps has also faced opposition.
"To build on the current momentum, I am going to convene a high-level UN General Assembly debate on 24 September."
"Business as usual is no longer an option - we must reach complete agreement," he told the audience in central London.
It's easier to listen to Missy Higgins, Wolfmother and Sneaky Sound System than read a copy of the Government's report from the Task Group on Emissions Trading.
It's boring to learn that Australia's economy and abatement challenges are different from those of many other industrialised nations, particularly those in Europe. And that our natural resources and access to low-cost energy are integral to our international competitiveness. And that any model for long-term emissions reductions must take account of the need to protect that prosperity.
Turn your heating down
Take a stand against standby
Unplug that charger
Don't boil over
Try not to fly
Turn out the bright lights
Use better energy
Take a low-power shower
Buy better bulbs
Stuff the freezer
Wrap up your home
Lower your laundry
Buy local food