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Archive for June, 2011

Yarra’s prize makes mockery of Murray-Darling ‘crisis’: Danny O’Brien

THE short-listing of Melbourne’s Yarra River for the International Riverprize, billed as the “world’s most prestigious environmental prize”, just goes to highlight how farcical the debate over river health has become. The National Irrigators’ Council said while the Yarra is being lauded as among the world’s best, the Murray-Darling Basin – which has more water [...]


Outgoing Longwave Radiation and the Greenhouse Effect: Ken Gregory

HAS the greenhouse effect increased with man-made greenhouse gas emissions? Canadian Ken Gregory asks and answers this question concluding… The greenhouse effect as characterized by the normalized greenhouse factor has increased by only 0.19% from 1960 to 2008. The temperature change from 1960 attributable to AGW is less than 0.1 C. The extrapolated temperature change [...]

Climate4You Update May 2011

Dear all. Please find below a link which will take you directly to a monthly newsletter with meteorological information updated to May 2011: All temperatures in this newsletter are shown in degrees Celsius. Previous issues of the newsletter, diagrams and additional material are available on All the best, yours sincerely, Ole Humlum Ole [...]

US Supreme Court Impressed by Climate Sceptic

There was an important ruling last week in the USA. Would-be regulators of carbon dioxide lost an appeal in the Supreme Court. They lost on technical grounds and in the process the Court cautioned, by way of a footnote in the judgement, that the science of climate change is hardly settled. Rather than citing some [...]

Irresponsible: SA Politicians Unite Against Upstream Communities and Environments

ADELAIDE in South Australia is a one paper town. Everyone reads the Adelaide Advertiser. Today, as usual, it’s full of parochial chatter including a one page advertisement devoted to a statement from all 23 South Australian Federal MPs (Green, Labor and Coalition) blaming the problems of the Lower Lakes and Coorong on upstream irrigators and [...]

Lone Emperor Penguin Arrives New Zealand

Young Emperor Penguin keeps heading north and arrives in New Zealand! This must have something to do with global warming?

Carbon Tax as a Failed European Policy

IF a new federal tax of $11.6 billion represents economic reform, then the Australian political culture has changed fundamentally, and economic reform means roughly the opposite of what it meant under Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and John Howard. “First, rectify the names,” as Confucius said. The complete inversion of the language of economic reform under [...]

Major Drop in Solar Activity Predicted

Three separate studies of the sun all predict that we may be about to enter a period of low temperatures because of unusually low solar activity. Comparisons are being made with the last grand minimum, the coldest period of the Little Ice Age, which occurred between 1645 and 1715. Known as the Maunder Minimum this [...]

Asking for a FairGo for Live Export: Scot Braithwaite

My name is Scot Braithwaite and my life has basically revolved around live export since I was 10 years old. I was unloading cattle boats in Malaysia at the age of 13. I have worked for all the major cattle companies including as a Head Stockman in the Northern Territory. I have a degree in [...]

Demands for Moratorium on Organic Food

“Right now, someone nearby is buying organic bean sprouts. It may be the last thing he ever does. Last week’s E. coli outbreak in Germany – potentially traced to an organic farm – was more deadly than the largest nuclear disaster of the last quarter-century.” These are the claim in an article in the Washington [...]