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Archive for July, 2007

No Climate Crisis: A Note from Marc Morano in Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland – The July 27-29 2007 U.S. Senate trip to Greenland to investigate fears of a glacier meltdown revealed an Arctic land where current climatic conditions are neither alarming nor linked to a rise in man-made carbon dioxide emissions, according to many of the latest peer-reviewed scientific findings. Recent research has found that Greenland [...]

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Militant Islamic Group Joins Environmental Campaign in Indonesia

Abu Bakar Bashir, the well known spiritual leader of militant Islamic group, Jemaah Islamiya, has now joined forces with Indonesia’s largest environmental organisation, WALHI, to protest against US-based mining corporation Newmont. from http://richardness.org/blog/walhisstrangebedfellows.php I’ve previously written about the Buyat Bay saga – where Richard Ness and Newmont were accused of having polluted a fishing village [...]

Tiger an Endangered Species: A Note from Brendan Moyle

SUPPOSE you took an endangered species and put in a plan to save it. But after five years, there is no sign of reversing the catastrophic decline in numbers. Surely you would recognise the plan is not working and look for alternatives? There has been a catastrophic decline in numbers of tigers in the wild, [...]

More from Marc Morano (Part 6)

1. Renewable energy wrecks environment, scientist claims Excerpt: Renewable energy wrecks environment, scientist claims Renewable does not mean green. That is the claim of Jesse Ausubel of the Rockefeller University in New York. Writing in Inderscience’s International Journal of Nuclear Governance, Economy and Ecology, Ausubel explains that building enough wind farms, damming enough rivers, and [...]

Australia’s Energy Future: Barracking for Technology

Banning the development of a nuclear power industry in Australia on the basis of the Chernobyl disaster, would be like banning PO Cruises on the basis the Titanic sank. This was one of the many comments I made when I was part of a panel at the ‘Noosa Long Weekend’ Festival discussing Australia’s energy future. [...]

Stealing Water from the Macquarie Marshes: A Note and More Pictures from Chris Hogendyk

During the past month there has been a tributary flood event in the Macquarie Valley resulting in a moderate but valuable volume of water (approximately 26,000 megalitres) making its way down to the drought ravaged Macquarie Marshes. Over 30% of this water was delivered away from the publicly owned Nature Reserves into the Gum Cowal/Terrigal [...]

CO2 Record in Ice Cores Unreliable: A Note from Paul Williams

The Intergovernmental Panel on Cllimate Change (IPCC) estimates pre-industrial levels of CO2 based largely on information derived from ice cores. These are kilometres long cylinders of ice drilled (in short sections) from the Greenland and Antarctic icecaps. The theory is that air bubbles trapped in the ice are samples of the ancient atmosphere, and thus [...]

Humane Society and Japanese Whalers Argue Over Pregnant Minke Whales

“Humane Society International (HSI) has reviewed the Japanese reports from their most recent 2006/07 whale hunt in Antarctic waters and found that over half those killed were pregnant. Of the 505 Antarctic minke whales killed in Antarctic waters last summer, 262 of them were pregnant females, while one of the three fin whales killed was [...]

Dirty Snow – a note from Helen Mahar

Check it out. It could be an interesting discussion piece. Helen “Dirty snow may warm Arctic as much as greenhouse gases” Helen is referring to Black Carbon, covered by Pielke Sr recently: A New Paper That Highlights the First-Order Radiative Forcing Of Black Carbon Deposition

Lewis crofters fight wind farm

Scotland’s Hebridean Isle of Lewis is a beautiful place, noted for its wetland habitats and Golden Eagles. The Standing Stones of Callanish are an ancient monument erected around 3000 years ago, hewn from billion year old rock. By 1857 peat had grown across the site to a height of 6 feet, and was cleared. This [...]