Monday, October 29, 2007
Moral of story: Don’t fly of the handle when you’re full off shit!
Clip stolen from Pokkets:
Report: Most polar bears to die out by 2050
Scientists do not hold out much hope that carbon dioxide can be turned around in time to help the polar bears.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
The implications are huge. If we plug 'er in, rather than fill 'er up, then what was once a petrol station will become a local area green electricity generator. All because the market demands it.
Oil companies will lose their mainstream passenger vehicle market, but sell their oil to plastics manufacturers, which keeps the carbon sequestered.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Two of the UK's leading climate scientists have hit out at the judge who made the controversial ruling last week on Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth
Professor Chris Rapley, head of the Science Museum (and also a Gore science adviser) and Professor John Shepherd from the National Oceanography Centre accuse the judge of misleading the public by ruling that Gore had made "errors".
The professors have no grouse with Mr Justice Burton's main conclusion that Al Gore's film should be accompanied by guidance notes in class. And they agree that Gore presented some climate extreme scenarios.
the judge's comments themselves were liable to misinterpretation.
He put the word "errors" in inverted commas because the points were debatable rather than wrong. But the professors say the judge should have known the error word would be repeated in the media without its inverted commas.
They say in general Gore's film presented an exceptionally high standard of scientific accuracy
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I am yet to bite the bullet, giving in easily to my partner's argument that the 50km round trip is too far.
I will let loyal blog readers know if and when I change my mind. Anyone a cyclist? Is 50km too much to fit into an intense working day?
The City of Sydney was spending $30 million over five years to
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
For example, coming up for quick air during a hard stint working, I mouseover the feed icon, to catch up on GW headlines of news pieces I may have missed over the last three weeks or so.
Seems I missed a sweet moment of poignancy when Howard was hosting his fascist-fence APEC green-bath with Bush, selling us not just a non-solution to global warming, but an irritant.
How else do you describe "aspirational goals"?
Anyway, it seems the UN was finding out the rest of the world has moved on from the recalcitrance of the fossil-fuel friendly Coalition of the Unwilling:
Large majorities in many countries now believe human activity is causing global warming, a BBC World Service poll suggests.
More than 22,000 people were surveyed in 21 countries and the results show a great deal of agreement on the issue.
An average of 79% of respondents to the BBC survey agreed that "human activity, including industry and transportation, is a significant cause of climate change".
However, US President George W Bush was not present. Instead, he is hosting a meeting of 16 "major emitter" countries in Washington on Thursday and Friday.
Monday, October 15, 2007
— introduced by an unwitting farmer and multiplying within months to cover 260 square miles of the lake's surface —
Experts blame a mix of sediment in the water and climatic changes, in the form of unusually heavy rains that helped the plant to proliferate.
After several years and tens of millions of dollars of investment, the hyacinth was finally beaten back by swarms of locally bred weevils
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Well done England. I'm getting some sleep. Good luck NZ in yr game against France.
Australia 10 England 12
It is the last Test for veteran halfback George Gregan, who had
Saturday, October 06, 2007
So, what are they going to do about the Gunns pulp mill, which as already pulped Turnbull and Garrett and it is only in approval stage? As Gunns' bank for the last 20 years, they face a dilemma.
They have gone public when they could have remained quiet, hoping not to attract attention to a potentially unbalanced triple bottom line. So good on them. I know that the trend among financiers and developers is to take their environmental commitments seriously now.
It would be great if they were legally able and willing to make the environmental review aspect of their technical review public. As infinitely preferable as it is to not chop down productive carbon sinks, I mean trees, I'm not against anything that the stake-holding public has been fully informed about, as part of a two way dialogue.
The Rugby Heaven article linked reckons it will all come down to how well we can tie down Johnny Wilkinson, he of the magic boot. While we keep 'em in their half, and don't give away penalties under the inevitable pressure, our backs will pick them off.
Rugby World Cup
A new study from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that this country may not be as severely affected by a new ice age as countries in the Northern Hemisphere.
...supports a theory called the bipolar seesaw, which has to do with where heat goes on the planet when the conveyor belt is operating or not operating,"...
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
But, the air-time assault is annoying audiences, to the tune of $243,900. That's how much money Australians have given GetUp! Sydney at time of writing, to run the anti-ad below, pointing out that the Government's greenwash media blitz amounts to advertising puffery.
GetUp! bought the following media time during the AFL Grandfinal, smack bang in the ground zero of the Liberal's saturation advertising. It's a goal.
Good on everyone who dipped into their pockets to counteract the misappropriation of their own taxes. It's eye-opening for normally politically-relaxed Australians to see how powerful organised, grass-roots, community activism can be. Here is the time GetUp! bought:
These are the spots GetUp has purchased to show the ad on Saturday's AFL
AFL Grand Final in Melbourne - 15.08pm
AFL Grand Final in Sydney - 14.16pm
Pre-game in Brisbane - 12.07pm
Pre-game in Adelaide - 11.08pm
Based on the overwhelming response we have purchased a further 50 ad slots in Newcastle, Tamworth, the Gold Coast, Lismore, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Canberra, Wollongong, Albury, Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo, Gippsland, the Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Toowomba, Cairns, Bundaberg, Townsville, Mackay, Darwin, Launceston and Hobart. There are none left in WA.
Global Warning Climate Change Energy
A blog mainly devoted to the concern of our madly accelerating world, destined to crumble if we don't slow down.
Global Warning Climate Change Energy
In a nutshell, we have to dramatically reduce emissions to keep Australia's average temperature from increasing more than the 1% that is already programmed into the system.
If this is a Government agency report, then how can any self-respecting Government ignore the implications.
In 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their fourth assessment report, concluding that: