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Archive for December, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions for Climate Scientists: Steven Goddard

Steven Goddard has published the following list of New Year’s Resolutions for Climate Scientists: I will admit that warming has been much slower than we expected I will admit that recent sea level rise is nothing unusual or threatening I will admit that our forecasts of declining snow cover were wrong I will admit that [...]


Holiday Reading: Emma Marris

Hi Jennifer, Longtime reader etc etc and I must thankyou for your always interesting blog. I could find no mention of Emma Marris and her new book ‘The Rambunctious Garden’ on there so I wondered if you were aware of it. I thought it would generate some debate as it has with my group of [...]

Station Buyout a Waste of Money: David Boyd

DAVID Wroe from The Sydney Morning Herald has written a well balanced article on the waste of money in buying Toorale (pronounced Too-rally) Station at Bourke: I attempted to leverage this with a letter to the Editor which failed to make the final cut: Congratulations to the SMH (Station buyout a waste of money- [...]

Climate Update: November 2011

Dear all. Please find below a link which will take you directly to a monthly newsletter (ca. 1.3 MB) with meteorological information updated to November 2011: All temperatures in this newsletter are shown in degrees Celsius. Previous (since March 2009) issues of the newsletter, diagrams and additional material are available on All the [...]

All I Want for Christmas…

is for you to sign the petition here: RIVERS NEED ESTUARIES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED Biologist Dr Jennifer Marohasy has launched the Australian Environment Foundation, AEF, campaign’Rivers Need Estuaries’ to have the current Murray Darling Basin Authority draft plan completely revised to prioritise restoring the Murray River estuary. Dr Marohasy announced that the campaign’s petition would [...]

Season’s Greetings

This brilliant red, waxy toadstool is the fruiting body of an inconspicuous fungus that thrives on leaf litter, rotting wood and soil in the rainforests of North Queensland when the weather starts to warm up…  which is usually towards Christmas time in Australia. The image was sent to me by Neil Hewett from Cooper Creek [...]

More Adjusting of Temperature Records

Hi Jen, For some time I’ve been popping in to your blog to relate my region’s monthly weather extremes, based on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s own records. The highlight was always the mean monthly maximum, since every month had its hottest max between 1910 and 1919, with the exception of August, which was hottest [...]

Sceptic’s Computers Seized by Police

“AN Englishman’s home is his castle they say. Not when six detectives from the Metropolitan Police, the Norfolk Constabulary and the Computer Crime division arrive on your doorstep with a warrant to search it though. I waved the first three in and bid them head through to the sitting room, where there was less of [...]

No Climate Debt Owed to Developing Countries: International Climate Science Coalition

Ottawa, Canada, December 11, 2011: “Developed nations are not guilty of causing the climate change that developing nations claim they are suffering,” said Tom Harris, executive director of ICSC which is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. “Climate changes all the time—both warming and cooling—due to natural causes and there is nothing that we can do to [...]

Healthy Country Means less Water for South Australia

IT is assumed in the draft Murray Darling Basin Plan that the more water in the Murray River and in particular the more water moving down the river to South Australia, the healthier the environment. But what’s the philosophical basis for such an assumption? As I wrote in my column for The Land newspaper this [...]