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Climategate II

TWO years after Climategate – the scandal caused by the leaking of over one thousand emails detailing correspondence between leading climate scientists exposing conspiracy and collusion including how to stack review committees, exaggerate warming trends, and avoid the disclosure of sensitive information – another batch of emails have been leaked, again from the University of […]

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Wind farms are useless, says Duke of Edinburgh

OLD style windmills dot the Australian rural landscape. They were once critical for pump watering from bores, creeks and dams to tanks to water sheep and cattle. Wind turbines are a variation on the old theme. There are apparently 3,421 wind turbines in the UK mostly build for electricity generation; two-thirds of these are owned […]

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Global Temperature Update to October 2011

Dear all. Please find below a link which will take you directly to a monthly newsletter (ca. 1.4 MB) with various meteorological information updated to October 2011: http://www.climate4you.com/Text/Climate4you_October_2011.pdf 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 http://www.climate4you.com/ Ole […]

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How Aborigines Made Australia: Bill Gammage

A new book, The Biggest Estate on Earth, by historian Bill Gammage explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people. According to the publisher’s website: “Early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy […]

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University Entitlement Must Change

THE revelations that Paul Greenfield, vice chancellor at the University of Queensland, has been forced to retire early because of “irregularities” in admission of a close relative to medical school do not come as a shock to many of us who have worked in the Australian university sector for many years (‘Relatively stupid for vice-chancellor’, […]

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Dredging a Harbor Won’t Destroy the Great Barrier Reef

Activist group GetUp! has just launched a campaign to save the Great Barrier Reef from the dredging of Gladstone Harbor. http://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/coal-seam-gas/great-barrier-reef/dredging-the-reef/take_action “Millions of cubic metres of sea floor is being removed from the Great Barrier Reef right now. It’s the largest dredging project ever undertaken in Australia, making way for massive new coal seam gas […]

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Pseudoscience as a Consequence of Confirmation Bias: Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley began a recent lecture to the national academy of sciences in Scotland by suggesting it was easy to distinguish science from pseudoscience. He explained that: Astronomy is science; astrology is pseudoscience. Molecular biology is science; homeopathy is pseudoscience. Chemistry is science; alchemy is pseudoscience. But Ridley also reminded us that Sir Isaac Newton, […]

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Carbon Dioxide Rapidly Absorbed by Water: Tom Segalstad

“THE oceans take out our anthropogenic carbon dioxide gas by quickly dissolving it as bicarbonate HCO3-, which in turn forms solid calcium carbonate either organically in calcareous organisms or precipitates inorganically. The CaCO3 is precipitating and not dissolving during this process, because buffering in the ocean maintains a stable pH around 8. We also see […]

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No Global Warming for 13 Years

It was hailed as proof that the world has warmed, the preliminary findings released with much fanfare just a week ago from a new and more accurate method of computing changes in world temperatures. At least that was the claim made at the time by the head of the expert team, Professor Richard Muller, that […]

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