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Acknowledgement of the Need for Management of Australia’s Rangelands

FANCY an article on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation website suggesting that, “the rangelands are overall, in remarkably good health”. Not only that, but the recent article suggested there is a role for landholder in the management of Australia’s rangelands. As Barry Traill explained: “Ecologists worry that with disappearance of the rangelands’ custodians there will be [...]

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Three Facts Most Sceptics Don’t Seem to Understand

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC9) in Las Vegas. If you ever doubted scepticism towards man-made global warming as a growing social movement, well, you couldn’t after attending that conference with hundreds of enthusiastic doubters in attendance and some 6,000 watching online. [...]

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Ray the Moderator

THIS blog now has a moderator. In time we might even have some rules. Ray grew up on a farm along the Tweed River in New South Wales. He started, but never completed, a degree in earth and biological sciences at the University of New England, Armidale. He’s had a few jobs over the years, [...]

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Climate4You Update June 2014: Ole Humlum

“ALL five global temperature estimates presently show an overall stagnation, at least since 2002. There has been no increase in global air temperature since 1998, which however was affected by the oceanographic El Niño event. This stagnation does not exclude the possibility that global temperatures will begin to increase again later. On the other hand, [...]

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Tax Has Been Axed

THE Australian Senate just passed the Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Bill with a 39-32 vote effectively axing Australia’s carbon tax. Labor and the Greens voted against. South Australian senator Nick Xenophon was absent. Greens leader Senator Milne warned the new senators who supported the repeal that it will will be their political legacy. [...]

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Philosophising on Bushfires: A Note from David Ward

FIRE in the landscape, or bushfire, is Australia’s most lethal and costly natural hazard. Big, uncontrollable bushfires can kill millions of trees and wild animals, thousands of farm animals, and sometimes humans too. Apart from deaths, bushfires incinerate property, such as bridges, farm fencing, homes, and even, a few years ago, an astronomical observatory. The [...]

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