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Archive for January, 2007

A National Plan for Water Security (Part 2): The Issue of Over-Allocation

The Australian government’s new $10 billion, 10 point plan entitled ‘A National Plan for Water Security’ states that there is a need to address “once and for all water over-allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin”. This is point 4 of the plan. So what does it mean to be “over-allocated”? According to The Plan “over-allocation is [...]


Coral Reefs May Benefit From Global Warming

ON Friday in Paris the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will launch a new report, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, with an up-to-date assessment of likely temperature rises because of global warming. Three related reports will be released later in the year, including a report on the likely effects of the rise [...]

More Fuel Reduction Burning, More Fires: A Note from Bob McDonald

Bushfires have burnt more than 1.2 million hectares (4,600 square miles) of Australia this summer. Some blame the ferocity of this year’s fires on global warming, others on inadequate control burning claiming that fuel loads in many forests are too high. Bob McDonald has a very different perspective suggesting that both the frequency of bushfires [...]

Did Newmont Do It? (Continued …)

I met Richard Ness, the head of a gold mining company Newmont Minahasa Raya, through this blog. I posted a piece here in November 2005 asking the question: Did Newmont Do It? I was referring to Buyat Bay in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, and allegations that the beautiful bay had been polluted by mine tailings. About [...]

A National Plan for Water Security (Part 1)

Last week the Australian Prime Minister John Howard launched ‘A Nation Plan for Water Security’. It is a 10 point plan with a $10 billion budget to run for 10 years and it has generally been well received perhaps because many Australians feel there is a need for ‘water’ as an issue to be given [...]

Sunday Reading

1. WWF Tips to Help Save Energy by Sun Xiaohua (China Daily), January 25, 2007. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) launched its two-year energy saving campaign, “20 Ways to 20 Percent” in China last weekend after the country flunked the first test to meet its ambitious energy-saving goal in the 11th Five-Year Plan period [...]

Negligible Temperature Increase Incompatible with Climate Models: A Note from Vincent Gray

Hi Jennifer, The draft ‘Summary for Policymakers’ of the Fourth Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been widely leaked to the Press. Its crucial conclusion is as follows: “It is very likely that anthropogenic greenhouse gas increases caused most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century.” The [...]

‘Snow Job on the Snowy’ by Ian Mott

As the Murray Basin gets another “summit” for it’s troubles it is timely to take a good hard look at the facts behind the last river to get the “can do” swagger from our politicians and environmental saviours. In October 2000 the Feds, NSW and Victorian governments gave us another “milestone” in the great pantheon [...]

Climate Change Crusader Named Australian of the Year

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has announced that climate change crusader Tim Flannery is the winner of the nation’s highest honour Australian of the Year. At a ceremony in Canberra earlier today, Mr Howard said as an explorer, writer and climate change crusader Professor Flannery has helped millions better understand the environment. In his recent [...]

Australian PM Announces New Water Plan

The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, has just today announced a new plan for the management of water in Australia. He suggested a $10 billion budget for the following 10 point plan: 1. A nationwide investment in Australia’s irrigation infrastructure to line and pipe major delivery channels. 2. A nationwide programme to improve on-farm irrigation [...]