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Archive for December, 2008

Sydney to Offset New Year Fireworks

Sydney wants green to be the dominant colour in its massive New Year’s Eve fireworks and festivities to herald in 2009.  Read more here.


No ‘Happy New Year’ for Koalas in the Central Murray Valley

THE Victorian Premier, John Brumby, has waited until New Year’s Eve to announce the end of timber harvesting and grazing in 83,000 hectares of red gum forest in the Central Murray Valley in north western Victoria, Australia. The creation of new national parks was a 2006 election promise to secure inner-city votes but is based on [...]

Dishonest Advertising on the ETS: AEF Media Release

GetUp’s global warming television ads (to air today) are dishonest and inaccurate, according to Dr Jennifer Marohasy, Chair of the Australian Environment Foundation. “For all sorts of reasons a number of groups, of which Internet campaigners are one, are pretending that the Rudd Government’s proposed Emissions Trading Scheme is a minor 5 to15 percent [...]

Global Warming is Over: Don Easterbrook

IN 2001 geologist Don Easterbook predicted the beginning of a period of global cooling.  At a recent meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco he again predicted a period of cooling based in part on correlation between past glacial fluctuations, his area of expertise, with periods of low solar irradiance and changes in [...]

‘Steve Irwin’ Attacks Japanese Whalers

LAST night in The Southern Ocean, anti-whaling campaigners aboard The Steve Irwin rammed the Kaiko Maru from the starboard rear side. According to the Japanese whalers: The incident occurred when the Kaiko Maru was undertaking a detour in the ice pack area after completing the day’s research activities. The weather had deteriorated and fog had [...]

Global Warming Since 1958

I know it’s a tough job – but let’s just check the International Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) iconic, widely-quoted conclusion* and parse its meaning: “Most of the observed increase in globally-averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic GHG concentrations.”  How should one interpret this ex [...]

Best Blog Posts of 2008

EACH year On Line Opinion and Club Troppo collaborate to publish a Best Blogs feature in January, which features the best blog pieces from the previous year selected from reader nominations. This year they are doing it again. What was the best blog piece that you read in 2008?  Was it at Cast your vote [...]

Shortage of Christmas Trees

Total production of Nordmann firs in Europe is about 30 million trees per year while the demand is 33 million to 35 million.  Read more here.

Insight into Life in the Arctic

Funny video about Polar Bears. Click here to watch (caution course language).

Top Issues November – Not Climate Change

According to polling in Australia by Graham Young: climate change has dropped significantly in importance as an issue along with other environmental issues including ”water”.  Read more here.