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Archive for April, 2011

Listing Murray River Myths

There are so many myths surrounding the Murray River. It is far away from most Australians who live in cities and over the years various activists have told stories which have grabbed national headlines while bearing little relationship with reality. Then there is this general disconnect because people who live and work along the Murray, [...]


How Serious Are the Ngarrindjeri About Connectivity?

According to David Nason writing in last Friday’s The Australian, the traditional owners of the Lower Lakes, the Ngarrindjeri, want more water flowing through their country from up-river to maintain connectivity and keep the Murray’s mouth as the “Meeting of the Waters”. But no mention is made of the tens of thousands of megalitres [...]

Lake Eyre, Still Flooding

For the last three autumns, Lake Eyre in central Australia has received runoff from good flooding rains. These photographs were taken by Rhyl as she flew from Quilpie to Birdsville to Lake Eyre in July 2010. And the flood waters are arriving again this year. Wild flowers as a mass of yellow from the air. [...]

Australian Government Only Gets Flawed Advice on Climate

ON November 10 last year the Australian government’s Multi-party Climate Change Committee (MCCC) received a scientific briefing before it entered the policy-setting mode that it remains in today. The briefing was provided by the only scientist on the Committee, Professor Will Steffen. A copy of the slide presentation that Steffen used has recently come into [...]

No Carbon Tax Rally – Brisbane May 7

How will history record our current obsession with carbon dioxide and the idea of taxing it? What have you done about it? I will be at the Brisbane rally against the carbon tax on May 7, See you there… Queensland Parliament House Cnr of Alice Street and George Street Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Saturday, May 7 [...]

Climate Refugees?

UN Embarrassed By Forecast On Climate Refugees Six years ago, the United Nations issued a dramatic warning that the world would have to cope with 50 million climate refugees by 2010. But now that those migration flows have failed to materialize, the UN has distanced itself from the forecasts. On the contrary, populations are growing [...]

Significant Property Development at Lower Lakes: A Note from Charlotte Ramotswe

Dear Jennifer, I feel compelled to alert your readers to the significant property developments occurring in the vicinity of the Lower Lakes in South Australia. There is the canal development on Hindmarsh Island with pictures at this link: The ‘Wellington Marina’ development occurred during the drought. No water at all on these ‘waterfront’ blocks [...]

Let’s Campaign Against the Barrages, Not Australian Agriculture

On Saturday I debated Arelene Harriss-Buchan, from the Australian Conservation Foundation, on the subject of ‘Water usage in the Murray-Darling Basin’ at the AUSVEG 2011 National Convention and Trade Show in Brisbane. Following are the notes I used in opening… THIS morning I want to talk about the single largest user of water in the [...]

The Magnetic Effect of Light

At the right intensity, when light is traveling through a material that does not conduct electricity, the light field can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than previously expected. This is the remarkable conclusion from work in applied physics at the University of Michigan. Quoting from their website: “A dramatic and surprising [...]

Radiative Transfer According to AGW: A Note from Neutrino

RADIATIVE transfer is an incredibly important topic when it comes to the earth’s climate system. It is the only way for the earth to either heat up, via absorption, or cool down, via emission.  The temperature of the earth is set by these two counter acting mechanisms. To solve this balance for the earth’s dynamic [...]