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Archive for June, 2007

Tall Stories About Tasmanian Forestry: A Note from Ken Jeffreys

Forestry Tasmania has set out on a mission to establish a new benchmark for openness and transparency in the debate over the management of our forests. So far, we have thrown open the doors of our headquarters in Hobart to the media. We have started hosting briefings for the community in our regional offices around [...]

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It’s Snowing in the Upper Murrumbidgee, Australia: Photographs from Allan

Hi Jennifer, Some photographs of last Wednesday’s snow storm in the Tinderries. This is the second one in two weeks and both were widespread in the Queanbeyan River/Badga/Murrumbidgee Catchments. The weather charts suggest some more precipitation over the weekend. Long time locals say that this has similarities to the late fifties, early sixties when they [...]

Weekend Reading (Part 3)

1. Presidential ambition? Report: Gore has cancelled all scheduled events for next six months (From Taipei Times at bottom of page) Excerpt: “Tien, who invited Gore to visit Taiwan to promote awareness on global warming, told reporters yesterday that she received an e-mail from the Harry Walker Agency, which has the exclusive right to arrange [...]

Some Weekend Reading from Marc Morano

1. The media tide is turning. See below from left leaning Slate Mag. writer published in Washington Post: Wash. Post: Gore and DiCaprio scolded for promoting climate fears: ‘There must be a limit to how many calamitous films, books and television shows we, and our children, can absorb’ Excerpts: ‘I think it’s wrong to let [...]

Forecasts All Up in the Air: A Note from Bob Carter

Kevin Trenberth is head of the large US National Centre for Atmospheric Research and one of the advisory high priests of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A New Zealander by birth, Trenberth has had a distinguished career as a climate scientist with interests in the use of computer General Circulation Models (GCMs), [...]

Monthly Maxima and Minima and What it Means: A Note from Ian Mott

Hello Jennifer, Further to recent posts on the need for new perspectives on Global Warming that can only come from revised graphical treatment, I enclose two graphs that provide us with valuable information on the exact nature and threat potential of Global Warming. The decadal change in the UK between the 1980′s and 1990′s produces [...]

Floods in Goulburn

“Ravaged by the harshest water restrictions in Australia, Goulburn, NSW, residents spent last night preparing for floods and possible evacuations. “A huge downpour soaked the region yesterday, with Canberra receiving 44mm of rain. “That has brought the total rainfall for the month to 83mm, but well above the June average of 38mm. “At Goulburn, which [...]

Growing Numbers of Sceptics? A Note from Jim

Jennifer, I note of late a tendency to refer to the “growing” number of AGW skeptics in the scientific community and am a bit puzzled by this. If, like myself, you are not a scientist much less an expert in a climate related discipline, then the relative proportions and credibility of genuine experts is an [...]

Less or More Protection Needed for Whales? A Note from Ann Novek

Hi Jennifer, There have been persistent rumours in the international wildlife community that some whales are going to be removed from the IUCN Red List. Probably this rumour origins from the High North Alliance’s press release’entitled ‘Whales off the Red List’ which included comment: “The IUCN World Conservation Union has removed several species of whales [...]

Food Safety Western Australia Style: A Note from Ian Edwards

Australia has one of the most rigorous and transparent gene technology regulation Acts in the world, and is achieving its objective in protecting the health and safety of people and the environment. This was one of the key findings of the Independent Panel Review of the Gene Technology Act 2000, published in 2006. To those [...]