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Research Shows Ocean Iron Ferilization Costly and Ineffective

Posted by Peter, on December 14, 2012

Daniel Harrison, a postgraduate research engineer at the University of Sydney, has published results of research demonstrating that fertilisation of the ocean with iron does not store carbon long enough to be an attractive contributor to climate management. Ocean iron fertilisation is a process that attempts to encourage phytoplankton growth in regions with unused nutrients […]  Continue reading »

Climate Change Authority Board Announced

Posted by Peter, on June 22, 2012

The Government has announced the membership of the Australian Climate Change Board – an independent body which will provide advice on the Government's policies for reducing carbon pollution. The members are: Bernie Fraser (Chairman), former Governor of the Reserve Bank Clive Hamilton, Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University John Quiggan, Professorial Research Fellow […]  Continue reading »

Reforms Needed to Cope with Changing Climate

Posted by Peter, on April 27, 2012

The Australian Productivity Commission has released its draft report, "Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation", which aims to identify high priority reforms needed to enable effective adaptation to climate change. The report says that the weight of scientific evidence is that the climate is changing and will continue to do so and that Australians will need […]  Continue reading »

Lies, Damn Lies and (Tele)Graphs

Posted by Peter, on December 6, 2011

Ths Sydney Daily Telegraph has been running a series of articles claiming “Climate Change Science Being Stifled by NSW Labor Bureaucrats” (December 2), “The Code of Climate Silence” (December 3), “Holding Back the Tide of Alternate Views: (December 3) and “Academia on Path of Destruction” (December 5). The fellow Murdoch-owned paper, The Australian, has chimed […]  Continue reading »

Maps Predicting Aussie Floods to 2100 Released

Posted by Peter, on December 15, 2010

The Australian Government has released a series maps for low-lying areas in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Newcastle, the New South Wales Central Coast and south-east Queensland showing the likely effects of sea-level rise by the year 2100. Three maps have been produced for each area: low scenarion, which is likely to be unavoidable; medium scenario, the […]  Continue reading »

Australia Near Worst on Climate Change Performance

Posted by Peter, on December 9, 2010

Australia has has ranked ahead of only Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia in the Climate Change Performance Index, published by Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe and released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun The index compares 57 countries which account for more than 90 per cent of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions. Australia […]  Continue reading »

Barry Jones’ “Pascals Wager” on Climate

Posted by Peter, on December 8, 2010

Blaise Pascal’s famous wager was the if you believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you have lost nothing — but if you don’t believe in God and turn out to be incorrect, you will go to hell. Therefore it is foolish to be an atheist. In a column published in the Sydney […]  Continue reading »

Climate Causing Australian Fish Species to Move

Posted by Peter, on September 29, 2010

CSIRO scientists have reported significant changes in the distribution of coastal fish species which they say is, at least partly, due to climate change. The scientists have identified 43 species, representing about 30 percent of the inshore fish families occurring in Australia’s southeast coastal waters, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related. These include species […]  Continue reading »

ACT Government to Set Target of 40% by 2020

Posted by Peter, on August 30, 2010

The government of the ACT has said that it will set a target of cutting greenhouse gas emission by 40% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, based on 1990 levels. The ACT will commit to carbon neutrality by 2060 and with peak per capita emissions by 2013. The ACT government will also require regular reporting […]  Continue reading »

Australia Begins a New Climate Change Satellite Program

Posted by Peter, on March 19, 2010

Curtin University of Technology is heading a new $8 million space technology partnership that will address the issue of climate change with the use of its Global Navigation Satellite System Research Laboratory. According to Professor Peter Teunisssen, the lead scientist on the project, “The new space technology program in which we will be involved is […]  Continue reading »

Climate Change Threatening Wine Regions

Posted by Peter, on February 19, 2010

Brian Walsh, director of winemaking at Yalumba, has told business leaders in Adelaide that a rise in temperatures could prevent the growth of some cooler grape varieties, such as shiraz and riesling, for which South Australia’s Barossa Valley is famous. ”Basically, the Barossa will disappear,” he said. A similar observation has been made by viticulturist, […]  Continue reading »

Biosequestration: the Key to Climate Policy

Posted by Peter, on January 24, 2009

Australian Federal Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull has unveiled a three-part climate change policy which aims to achieve annual reductions of carbon pollution of equivalent of at least 150 million tonnes by 2020. Launching the new policy at a Young Liberals convention on Saturday, Mr Turnbull said that the Liberal Party’s plan would include measures to […]  Continue reading »

Bipartisan Support for Climate Action

Posted by Peter, on February 22, 2008

The Australian Federal Opposition has offered the Government support on tackling climate change provided that the Government agrees to certain policies. The Opposition’s conditions include making sure that low-income families are protected from higher energy costs, protecting the world’s great rainforests and revising the renewable energy target to one which includes the effects of using […]  Continue reading »

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