If the cap fits, wear it!

What do you call a report on climate change prepared by 830 scientists around the world?

“Group think”, according to the head of a business panel that advises the Australian Government.

No, this gentleman is not attempting to describe the arrangements that enable these scientists to share their conclusions with each other. Nor is he describing the rigours of the scientific method, and the contribution of peer reviewed papers.

Group think is a “put down” of experts that global warming sceptics don’t agree with.

It is puzzling how anyone could use the term in the context of the consensus of 97% of scientists who advise us about global warming and its causes.

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A Carbon Tax bites the Australian dust!

A week ago we thought that a non-political, reasonable discussion about a carbon tax was possible. BUT that may not be so in Australia, where a carbon tax is a “hot-button” issue!

Canadians voters rejected a Federal carbon tax in the 2008 Federal Election.  New Zealand considered a carbon tax in 2005, but instead opted for an emissions trading scheme that imposed minimum financial burdens on industry. Two days ago Australian voters rejected a carbon tax that had been in effect for several years.

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Down-Under Drama!

Australians are never uninteresting people, and Australian politics is a fascinating story of palace coups, policy flip-flops and personality battles. In this exciting environment it is easy to lose sight of the need for action to reduce climate change.

Australians vote in a general election scheduled for mid-September of this year. Tony Abbot, the leader of the opposition Liberals, is relying heavily upon one principal promise: if elected his party will repeal the Carbon Tax enacted by the current Labour Government – within days. Just recently Abbot has made public a letter that re-iterates and repeats this promise in many different words. He claims that repealing the Carbon Tax will ease cost of living pressures on families, help small business and restore confidence to the economy.

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After Doha, what’s next?

Last year we said that the Durban Conference (COP 17), “was probably the last chance to come up with a world order that would indeed stop climate change.” Yet, as we have since pointed out, GHG emissions have continued to rise, world temperatures have set new records, most governments have wavered in their determination to …

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You have to admire Australians!

We watched one of the episodes of a TV Series entitled “I have seen the earth change” that commented on the 2006-07 drought experienced in the farming communities of New South Wales, Australia. Two things impressed us:  the resilience of the surviving farmers, to whom drought went “with the territory”. The hardship of drought was …

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