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Impossible standards of proof required for complex adaptive climate system The Conversation

No matter how strong the evidence on Anthropogenic Global Warming, some deniers will keep denying. No credible alternative scientific explanation of the total consilience of climate science evidence is on offer.

The key scientific papers on the global warming forecast Book Stores

Some global warming deniers say they want proof of anthropogenic global warming handed over on a platter in the form of a small number of scientific papers. . . . Its been done - David Archer and Raymond Pierrehumbert has compiled them in a book, published by Wiley. Link -  "The Warming Papers: The Scientific Foundation for the Climate Change Forecast".  Australian Kindle version link above. Nerdy,  historical math and science fun.  Fun music video by authors here -

I do not plan to buy this book, but perhaps your local library could get a copy. Google books gives the flavour -


Breeding Ourselves To Extinction CounterPunch

. . . Consequently, the idea of cheap oil has become regarded as a guarantee of affordable food. There are three problems with this notion: for one, oil is a finite resource; secondly, in a vicious cycle, cheap and abundant oil will, at best, postpone the inevitable human population crash to a much higher population; and finally, all the oil will eventually wind up in the atmosphere as CO2.

Natural Gas as 'Bridge Fuel' Is Excellent Political Solution But Fails As Climate Solution DeSmogBlog

. . . a new study published last week by Nature magazine, which concluded that cheap abundant natural gas will actually delay any efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

To get climate change under control, our growth fetish must go The Conversation

The bleeding obvious. . . .Climate scientists such as Kevin Anderson demonstrate that industrialised nations need to reduce their emissions by 8-10% per year immediately. This is to limit global warming to the politically agreed maximum of two degrees Celsius this century. Such cuts have never been achieved and are not compatible with economic growth. . . . . . .Unfortunately, the next decade is likely to present us with some very unpalatable truths about the conflict between a habitable environment and our addiction to growth. . . .

Barack Obama Does ‘the Environment’ : Extinction Economics CounterPunch

Rob Urie points out that the new carbon emissions targets agreement between China and the USA, hides the emissions transfer from the USA to China, and hides the expansion of coal exports from USA to China. Extractive corporations continue to pressure national governments, such as Australia, to stop their ability to create and enforce national environmental regulations. No planned targets exist that can prevent 4 degrees C of warming by 2100.

Lagging Behind: Australia and the global response to climate change Climate Council Australia

Climate Council Report on Australia relative efforts to reduce carbon emissions : . . . In 2013, for the first time China installed more renewable energy capacity than fossil fuels and nuclear. . . It is clear that many countries around the world are continuing to tackle climate change. The most common types of action include carbon pricing and supporting renewable energy . . .For every $1 spent to support renewable energy, another $6 are spent on fossil fuel subsidies. Without phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, the 2°C target will not be reached.

China's coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests The Guardian

A very good thing. Prospects for Australian coal industry expansion are grim because : . . .The amount of coal China burned in the first three-quarters of 2014 was 1-2% lower than a year earlier, according to Greenpeace energy analysts. The drop contrasts sharply with the 5-10% annual growth rates seen since the early years of the century. . . .

Glencore shuts down coal mines for 3 weeks Sydney Morning Herald

Evidence of the madness of the coal hucksters in our state and federal governments. They are still trying to expand the Australian Coal Industry at a time of falling global demand, and when our globe is already set to warm to dangerous levels.

Draining the Lifeblood – Fracking the Great Artesian Basin The AIM Network

. . .The GAB is the lifeblood of the eastern half of Australia, running from Cape York to Cooper Pedy, and covering almost a quarter of the Australian continent. It contains 65,000 cubic kms of groundwater, released to the surface under pressure through natural springs and artesian bores. . . . “80% of the Great Artesian Basin has a gas, petroleum or CSG exploration or production license over it.” . . . According to Queensland University soil scientist Robert Banks, the loss of water pressure due to CSG drilling may be enough to stop bore flow completely throughout the basin.

Fossil Fuel exploration - billions subsidized by taxpayers ABC Radio AM

Interview of author Shelagh Whitley from the Overseas Development Institute in London ... For fossil fuel exploration ... Australia spends up to three and a half billion a year on national subsidies - and we did a bit of math and that is equivalent to what it would cost to provide solar power to about half the homes in the entire state of Queensland. ... and previously we've been told that we have to actually keep two-thirds of fossil fuel reserves in the ground if we're to avoid dangerous climate change.

Back to renewables school: busting popular myths John Kaye : Greens

Over the past few months, the NSW parliament has been debating the Greens bill to transition this state’s electricity supply to 100% renewable sources. In the face of rising carbon emissions and a downturn in demand for Australia’s coal, this was a chance for Liberal, National and Labor MPs to put on record their vision for the energy future of NSW. P.S Unimpressed that your state representatives are voting against the Greens 100% Renewable NSW bill? Send them an email today.

ParraCAN Blog

Fracking is a war crime against Nature and People
. . . The blind pursuit of economic growth stokes a cycle of financial crisis, and wrecks our world. . . . To try to stabilise this system, governments behave like soldiers billeted in an ancient manor, who burn the furniture, the panelling, the paintings and the stairs to keep themselves warm for a night. ...Read more ...

Fear of Collapse explains the G20

I diagnose the ridiculous and contradictory meeting of the G20, here in Australia in 2014, as the manifestation of fear of existential collapse.

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Stand Up For Nature
Angel place in Sydney : You know that Nature is being destroyed by us. Speakers include: > Dr Sylvia Earle, world renowned Oceanographer > Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Environment ALP; Bill Shorten(via video) ALP > Christine Milne, Leader of the Greens ...Read more ...

Sydney Walk For Water
Water supplies for human use are under threat around the world. Water supplies are in danger from mining, industrial and agricultural pollution. And access to quality water at a reasonable price for the user, is under threat from privatization. In Sydney, its water catchment ecosystems are under threat from Coal Mining.  These upland wetland areas perform vital filtration and storage functions for free, for our city of 5 million people. Only later does the water trickle into our dams. These systems are being destroyed by the long wall coal mining under the catchment area. The mining progressively undermines and collapses the rock layers between the mine and the surface, leading to cracks and permanent drainage of the wetland areas, which dry out.  This leads to a total loss of natural ecosystem water storage and filtering. After this loss, water run-off happens more quickly, with rapid erosion, and a faster silt build up in our dams. Some of the water drains down through new underground pathways and bypasses the dam storage entirely. Labor and Liberal NSW governments have been willing to approve a few years of coal mining profits as a trade off for permanent loss of capacity to supply water to Sydney, and they did this despit advice to the contrary of the catchment authority.  Now the NSW government wants to merge the catchment authority with Sydney Water, as a prelude to complete privatisation of Sydney's water supply. ...Read more ...