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Archive for May, 2007

Australian ABC TV to Show ‘The Great Global Warming Swindle’

Hi Jen, It looks as though ABC TV will be showing the UK Channel 4′s antidote to Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, The Great Global Warming Swindle in July: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,21779177-10388,00.html . Channel 4 defended the film, as has ABC director of television Kim Dalton, on the basis that all sides of the hotly contested global warming [...]

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Is AGW A Useful Fiction? Bill Kininmonth Says No

Someone asked Bill Kininmonth: If AGW is a fiction, is it not a useful fiction? He answered with a resounding NO! “Firstly, the AGW debate (now proselytisation) is diverting attention from those real issues that you mention and causing public and private investment in a range of actions that will have no present or future [...]

Queensland Scrub Sold for Carbon: A Note from Tom Marland

Hi Jennifer, You may have read on the front page of Courier Mail on Saturday the article about Queensland’s First Carbon Farmer, Peter Allen. Here is the link: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,20797,21794589-952,00.html?from=public_rss The project was the first avoided deforestation project of its kind in Australia and one of the biggest in the world. The project secured 12,000 hectares [...]

Expect Worse Droughts?

“Research into hurricanes in the North Atlantic indirectly suggests that the last 100 years in Australia have been relatively wet. Forget about Greenhouse. Just the normal swings and roundabouts of the climate have the potential to be devastating… Graham Young writing at his blog Ambit Gambit goes onto suggest that based on a recent paper [...]

Rachel Carson: Too Successful for Her Own Legacy

Rachel Carson was born on 27th May 1907. If she were still alive, she would be 100 years old today. Many claim her as founding the modern environment movement. Her work also had a direct influence on government. The US Congress went on to pass the National Environmental Policy Act, establish the Environmental Protection Agency, [...]

Go Vote For This Blog or Another Libertarian’s

I’m apparently an “Australian Libertarian blogger” …and that suits me fine. The Australian Libertarian blog has a poll asking who is the best “Australian libertarian solo-blogger”. As the note before the poll says, “This is a good opportunity for you to check out some Australian libertarian blogs that you might not have checked out before. [...]

EU to Continue Support for Coal

Dear Jennifer, An announcement by the European Commission, as reported by the Chinese news agency, has the EC supporting the continued use and subsidisation of coal with the simple statement “No change should be made…” They also note that “domestic coal production reduces the energy dependency of the Union and contributes to a diversification of [...]

The USA is an Anti-Whaling Whaling Nation: A Note from Rune

“What could have been a very hot issue this year at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) is the renewal of the aboriginal whaling quotas, in particular the quota for the United States. The IWC is a highly polarised, single-issue regime with only whaling on the agenda. Either you are against it or in favour of [...]

The Ethics of Eating a Smart Animal – Like a Whale

Dear Jennifer, A review on cetacean brains and cognition was published last week in PLOS Biology. I think it is the best summary to date on this subject and it raises again the uncomfortable matter of the ethics of whaling irrespective of sustainability, legalities or cultural practices. It should make for an interesting debate. The [...]

Gwydir Wetlands Land Clearing Investigation

Hi Jennifer, 750 hectares of the nation’s most significant waterbird breeding habitats has allegedly been cleared by a Moree farmer. News sources, including ABC Online, are suggesting that the case may turn out to be one of the worst since legislation was introduced in 2003 to protect native vegetation Aerial shots of the clearing have [...]