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« Reply #80 on: May 10, 2013, 02:17PM »

"Global greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached an ominous milestone that is unprecedented in human history.

The world's longest measure of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached 400 parts per million (PPM) for the first time in three million years."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-05-11/carbon-pollution-reaches-highest-point-in-3-million-years/4680276

I suppose it is good news for the surfers because I was also reading that global warming and rising sea levels are creating bigger waves. Mainly in the Southern Ocean, however, and some Northern Hemispherers will see decreases in their oceans. None of this is any good for small islands in the Southern Ocean as changing waves and rising sea level can cause recession probably of order in some places say 100 metres this century. That wipes out whole chains of low-lying Pacific islands. But don't get too smug because it could also mean that hundreds of millions of people who live in areas that will become increasingly vulnerable to flooding - Mississippi delta area for instance. Higher sea levels would force them to abandon their homes and relocate.

http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-sea-level-rise/

Another piece of bad news is that the Australian Carbon Tax - which was supposed to cut pollution, encourage green technology and raise money for family tax relief to compensate for rising prices due to the tax - has failed as far as revenue raising is concerned. This is due to linking it to the European carbon price, which has collapsed. Australian taxpayers are now facing a budget black hole of between $6-8 billion.

I think I am going to vote Green again in our September election because the Greens are the only ones who seem to have a proper plan for Carbon emission reduction in Australia. I am not so sure they have a proper management (government) team, or that the rest of the world will follow our lead, but I think at least their priorities are right. I would rather we all end up a little worse off financially than gasping for breath.

Bugs Bunny and Pink Floyd got it right, "Goodbye cruel world!" It has never been truer!
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« Reply #81 on: May 12, 2013, 02:50PM »

Interesting article on carbon trading:
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/31193

Search…‘carbon trading fraud‘…many articles on the subject.
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« Reply #82 on: Jun 25, 2013, 08:17PM »

Psssst! Don't get too excited, but Obama is  calling this a plan! It's about time you American cats came on board. Not that our plans are making much headway. But it is only a good move if the majority of Americans are behind it. Otherwise it won't get off the ground.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-26/us-president-barack-obama-lays-out-new-us-plan-to/4780540

And in other news, tonight, before the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Australia will start to present its case against Japan's whaling program. Australia launched the legal action in 2010, and now it's come down to submissions by both sides over three weeks.

I still fail to see how slaughtering 900 Minke whales each year could ever be called scientific research. Bad dog.  No Biscuits. It is obviously a commercial enterprise and all the Japanese marketing proves it.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-06-02/whale-meat-sold-as-source-of-strength-in-japan/4728002

Hopefully, the Court will agree and this year's whale hunting season will be called off. They can hardly be called a Court of Justice if they do not find in favour of Australia and the whales.

Of course we could start torpedoing the Japanese whaling vessels. That's the course of action I would take. >:( I am sure Greenpeace would love to do that if Australia is chicken.
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« Reply #83 on: Jul 30, 2013, 09:12PM »

Frightening!

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130731.html
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« Reply #84 on: Aug 04, 2013, 10:53PM »

Here is some good news out of Australia about power generation:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-05/new-report-shows-rapid-take-up-of-solar-panels/4864954

It just concerns me a little that, as I cannot see the costs of producing electricity going down even if demand does. Those of us who do not yet have the solar panels are going to get even bigger bills from the electricity retailers. Remembering also that we presently have a fairly tough carbon tax pushing up the price - although that may be changing a little due to the upcoming general election.

At least Queensland is 'the sunshine state' and, should we decide to invest in solar panels on the roof, we will at least be sure to generate something.
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« Reply #85 on: Aug 05, 2013, 07:12AM »

The New Truly Green Energy? ( some think so )

http://energyfromthorium.com/thorium/

Excerpt:

When the United States committed decades ago to uranium fuel and pressurized-water reactors for its nuclear program, other viable technologies were set aside. One, the liquid thorium fuel reactor with molten salt coolant, is re-emerging as potentially the safest, most cost-effective solution to future energy needs in the carbon-containment era. Thorium is abundant, produces far less toxic fission products than uranium and may soon compete with coal for cost per kilowatt-hour. The chemistry of thorium fission is compelling, and the engineering of thorium reactors, with a longer history than most people realize, appears to be seductively manageable.

More here:

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/motherboard-tv-the-thorium-dream

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There are many lingering questions about thorium, including sourcing the fuel, regulations, industrial inertia and persistent fears about radiation. While the disaster at Fukushima raised the specter of atomic destruction and pushed countries like Germany and Switzerland to announce an end to their nuclear programs, it’s also proved to be another teachable moment about how and why technologies come to be, and how to improve them. In the interest of cutting greenhouse gases, prominent climate scientists and environmentalists and technologists and presidents still argue that nuclear is a worthy enough technology to keep researching and improving. Before Fukushima, Obama’s nuclear policy was that safer nuclear plants are a “necessity,” and in February of 2010, he committed $8 billion in loan guarantees for new plant construction. His tune hasn’t changed – a reflection perhaps of the success of the industry’s lobbying and donations.


Search Bill Gates and Thorium for more.
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« Reply #86 on: Jan 16, 2015, 08:20PM »

More grist for the mill:

http://tromboneforum.org/index.php/topic,46486.0.html

and as you can read, our Aussie Federal government and State government here in Queensland continue to bury their heads in the sand. Don't know Yeah, RIGHT.

And I don't know about 2013, but 2014 is shaping up to be pretty hot also. We are presently experiencing high thirty Celsius temps. That's in the 90s for you non metrification types.


Right now it is 35°C but due to the humidity it feels more like 40°C = 104°F
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« Reply #87 on: Sep 10, 2016, 03:39PM »

At least one of the major pollution offenders is starting to take an interest:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/climate-change-the-third-pole-under-threat/7657672
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« Reply #88 on: Jan 08, 2017, 04:12PM »

I have been feeling very sorry for people living in Beijing, and other cities in China and India similarly affected by pollution.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-08/chinese-air-pollution-crisis-caused-by-ongoing-coal-use/8168702

Having experienced the Great Smog of London in 1952, I remember that it did lead to changes and some worthwhile Clean Air legislation:

http://www.history.com/news/the-killer-fog-that-blanketed-london-60-years-ago

I suppose the biggest change I noticed in those days, when a lot of pollution was from domestic causes, was that we no longer sat in front of a burning coal fire of an evening: changing instead to coke, which somehow was not as cosy. But it was much better than that terrible smog and the general unhealthy environment we had been putting up with.

I was wondering if maybe Beijing could learn something from the action taken by the Brits after 1952, until I read this article in todays ABC news:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/london-activists-ramp-up-fight-against-deadly-air-pollution/8168076

And so it seems that the Brits have just as serious a pollution problem, almost as Beijing these days. Eeek!

And in Australia, the provider of much of the coal which causes worldwide pollution, I think people are finally getting the message and starting hold the government to account for not taking enough action. Without much success, I have to say. Well, you have to take action when it affects something as important as the Australian ski season :D :

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/climate-change-could-shrink-australia-ski-season-csiro-says/8166372

That's a loss of a lot of tourist dollars, as well as spoiling our fun.

I believe Obama did a lot during his term to try and lead worldwide action against pollution. He obviously was not as effective as he would have wished to be. But the future is very bleak without US-inspired action! I do not think that the climate change doubter now coming into the White House is going to do much. Yeah, RIGHT.

I feel very sorry for future generations and very regretful that my generation (and a couple following) have caused such large climate changes and have not left a cleaner world. :(  Although time is fast running out, I don't think it is yet too late to make an effective concerted effort. Please, Oh Please! If you had lived through that killer fog that blanketed London in 1952, you would know how terrible pollution can be.
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« Reply #89 on: Jan 09, 2017, 02:57AM »

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I don't think so in general, except there is a big problem in large cities and towns with heavy traffic, with diesel fumes causing a big problem. As you previously said, the clean air acts made a massive difference. I grew up in a coal mining village, everyone burned coal as it was a perk of the job, but the whole village smelt and had pall of dirty air every time there was a hint of fog or mist; that sort of thing has long since gone.

England has now followed Wales in introducing a tax on plastic bags in shops; so the number of bags issued has dropped by about 85% I belive, as people now reuse them.  We could do with far better reuse and recycling here; a lot more is possible  but politians (local and national) don't touch it because of cost implications and votes lost. Too much short-term thinking. Reuse is the way to go, and strongly discourage mixed or unrecyclable packaging. Our local 'waste amenity' aka 'tip' has started charging for taking diy waste and a some other items: it's no coincidence that fly tipping has since increased 25%, and probably costs the locl authority much more to clear up. Dealing with rubbish is a a major problem.
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« Reply #90 on: Jan 10, 2017, 12:29AM »

Australia is not free of pollution problems either, with NSW Health issuing a warning today about toxic ozone gas. Not good with a severe to extreme heat wave about to hit the Eastern Australia, starting down south. Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are due in several areas over the next three days.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-10/sydney-high-air-pollution-prompts-warning-from-nsw-heath/8171618
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