Author Archive | Charlotte Ramotswe

Pondering the Carbon Tax

Last week the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, announced that carbon emissions would be taxed from July 1, 2012.  The Prime Minister explained that by making products that generate carbon emissions more expensive, people will use less of them and this will be a good thing for Australia. For example, if the carbon tax increases […]

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The Cost of Reducing Carbon Emissions

‘MORE than $5.5 billion has been spent by federal governments during the past decade on climate change programs that are delivering only small reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  ‘An analysis of government schemes designed to cut emissions by direct spending or regulatory intervention reveals they have cost an average $168 for each tonne of carbon […]

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Oh No! More Prescribed Climate Alarmism for Queensland

LATE last week, the Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence released its second report**, which was tabled in parliament by Minister for Climate Change, Kate Jones. The Centre receives substantial funding through the state-funded Office of Climate Change, headed by Premier Anna Bligh’s husband, Greg Withers. It is an open secret that re-election of a […]

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Scaring Children with AGW

Folks,   Please shake your head with me in wonderment at the continuation of a pernicious technique that was pioneered (I think) by Oxfam last year. Why do we give access to our schools to these people?    http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/Wwf-Canada-970669.html  http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/14881/   And I suppose that it is just a coincidence that these two ventures should […]

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Native Ants Kill Cane Toads

ECOLOGISTS in Australia have discovered that cane toads are susceptible to being killed and eaten by meat ants – and much more susceptible to the ants than are native Australian frogs. They claim that their research – published in the British Ecological Society’s journal Functional Ecology – reveals a “chink in the cane toad’s armour” […]

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April Quadrant

Folks,   The April edition of Quadrant has published a written version of the talk that I gave at the Heartland-2 conference in New York, under the title “A New Policy Direction for Climate Change”. It can be accessed online at:   http://www.quadrant.org.au/magazine/issue/2009/4/a-new-policy-direction-for-climate-change   The same issue also contains an very useful analysis by Tom […]

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Imposing Our Prejudices on the Value of Flood Waters: A Note from Cathy Green

WHEN nutrient rich water flows into Lake Eyre it is considered good for the environment, but when nutrient rich water flows into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon it is considered bad for the environment.  Indeed every time that Lake Eyre in central Australia floods, our oh-so-sensitive-to-nature journalists provide us with the sort of happy purple prose […]

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