Category: Climate Change denial

Our politicians have become an unaccountable ruling class

Our Government has enacted so much legislation and specific committees to ensure they are never blamed for any wrongdoing. It’s not wrong if previous corruption is now legal. If an “Opposition” doesn’t provide headlines, how will media give punters a heads up as to how our nation’s taxpayers are being taken for a ride?

Think about it, below are just three examples that do not pass the pub test.

Cushy jobs with big business dealing with Government

Mutual obligation only goes one way

Sorry, I’ll ‘fess up and fix that paperwork

There are many more examples of rules for us and none for them. Worse, we are not even being informed as to how unaccountable and above the law these people in Government are. Kenneth Hayne is spot on saying trust in politics has “been destroyed”, worse, most of us are not even aware of just how secretive and unaccountable our Federal Government is.

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Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science – The New York Times

Back to the future dirty power and profit fucks Atmosphere, Health, biodiversity the enviroment and the long term future of the planet left for the next generations. All for the sake of a few cents the rich can’t take with them anyway. (ODT

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science – The New York Times

Climate change a burning issue (again) in voters’ minds | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Adani protest

The Coalition has no choice but to try and fix the self-created disaster that is its climate policy

via Climate change a burning issue (again) in voters’ minds | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Climate recalcitrance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fear mongering about climate change mitigation by the Liberals, the IPA and mining/coal lobbyists is not based on evidence or the examples of nation-states on this planet. Climate change disharmony (evidenced by increasing global heatwaves, and abnormal climate events) on the other hand, are increasingly apparent. Scientists and experts at these conferences have for decades repeatedly warned us, time is running out, and we need to act soon and fervently. If big business lobbying and political ideology are all that stands in the way of averting a climatic breakdown, then we as Australians need to vote out of office anyone who even remotely risks the future of our planet, in preference for greed and power.

via Climate recalcitrance – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whoever wins the next election is going to face a monumental task to reduce our emissions in order to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change.

In one way, it would serve Scott Morrison right to have to face the consequences of his lies. But the country cannot afford someone who thinks prayer is the answer to the drought.

Our Prime Minister, the man charged with making the decisions on how to keep us safe, is a bald-faced liar.

via Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

NSW 100 per cent in drought: minister

Andrew Bolt’s denial was obvious in his editorial stating ” this is normal Australia” “The Big Lie” was his “Big Wet” half a graphic story which is just ” Big BS”. Climate Change is real generations of farmers know it’s real. Bolt’s ignorance his denial and we have seen more rain than ever been seen before. He showed a graphic that ignored the reality of two states. (ODT)

The entire state of NSW has been declared in drought after a drier-than-expected June and July.

According to the NSW Department of Primary Industries, 61 per cent of NSW is either in drought or intense drought, while nearly 39 per cent is drought affected.

“The forecast suggests an increase of drier than normal conditions for the next three months across the majority of NSW.”

Mr Blair assured farmers and the community that the government would “stand with them through this challenging time and continue to make sure we have the right support available”.

 NSW 100 per cent in drought: minister

The NSW government has announced more than $1 billion in drought relief measures, which include transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund, animal welfare measures and mental health support, the statement said.

 

Koalas are being left to die slow painful deaths during drought

Koalas are struggling to survive as their habitat is being destroyed and, as the koala is at the top of the pyramid, if you remove their habitat, every other species will also be wiped out. Sue Arnold speaks with wildlife warrior, Clare Gover.

FARMERS and farm animals are doing it tough out there.

But there’s little media about what’s happening to wildlife struggling to survive in a moonscape of cleared land, without food, shelter and water.

Clare Gover runs Return to the Wild, a rescue organisation in the Darling Downs,

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Will heatwave shift thinking by climate change deniers?

 IDIOTS HERE AND ABROAD STILL SOWING DOUBT WITH MEDIA ASSISTANCE

Could the heat and extreme weather shift climate change denial?

Could the heat and extreme weather shift climate change denial?

Extreme heatwaves, droughts, raging fires. What we are observing is climate change in action. The debate is over.

  • by Nick Miller

The Global Warming Policy Forum in Britain has striven greatly to sow doubt on climate science and counted high-profile politicians in its ranks. It has hosted former prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard. The former said climate change, if it existed, was “probably doing good” and the latter dismissed global warming as a “religion” and the “latest progressive cause”.

“It just doesn’t make sense any more in 2018 and, in the middle of this summer, it just isn’t good enough any more to just frame the debate ‘is climate change real?’

“If you ask an adult of 30 years or older how was it like when you were young, they can tell the difference themselves. It’s the same story all around the world.” and we can  all now observe it.

“As long as the BBC and other media give the impression that there is any significant doubt about this … then people won’t take action.”

 It’s part of a bigger trend: extremists have weaponised free speech, insisting on platforms to publicly debate the absurd, to spread conspiracy theories and clog up sane debate. Any move to ignore them is branded censorship.

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It’s way past time to speak truth to climate arguments this stupid | Lenore Taylor | Environment | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s mouth is seen on a big screen

For precious decades experts have explained, over and over, that the science of climate change is incontrovertible, the consequences of blindly sticking with fossil fuels catastrophic and the costs of inaction far higher than switching to a low-emissions economy.But these facts had no impact on the sceptics, who cling to a worldview where they find “alternative facts”, where fossil fuel power is the only path to prosperity and mounting environmental and economic evidence to the contrary is some kind of dastardly leftwing plot.

Source: It’s way past time to speak truth to climate arguments this stupid | Lenore Taylor | Environment | The Guardian

Australia swelters in heatwave and argues about energy future | Australia news | The Guardian

As records tumble on east coast, politicians debate the energy mix they need to combat climate change and ensure supply

Source: Australia swelters in heatwave and argues about energy future | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Global warming doesn’t care about the election’: Nasa scientist warns Donald Trump over interference | The Independent

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A senior Nasa scientist has told Donald Trump he is wrong if he thinks climate change is not happening and warned the President-elect that government scientists are “not going to stand” for any interference with their work. Mr Trump has described global warming as a “hoax” perpetrated by China, vowed to unratify the landmark Paris Agreement and appointed a renowned climate-change denier to a senior environmental position in his transition team.

Source: ‘Global warming doesn’t care about the election’: Nasa scientist warns Donald Trump over interference | The Independent

Ten Weather Extremes That Defined Hottest Year Ever Recorded | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

From droughts to floods to mega-storms, extreme weather over the past 365 days raises disturbing questions about future of climate chaos.

Source: Ten Weather Extremes That Defined Hottest Year Ever Recorded | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Here’s the Latest Climate Science “Scandal” Andrew Bolts denier Christopher Booker is Patently wrong

Skeptics think they’ve debunked global warming. Once again, they’re wrong.

The article, written by Christopher Booker (who flat out denies human-induced global warming), is somewhat subtly titled “The Fiddling With Temperature Data Is the Biggest Science Scandal Ever.” In it, Booker claims that climate scientists have adjusted temperature readings from thermometers in Paraguay to make it look like the temperature is increasing, when the measurements off the detectors actually show the opposite. The theme of the article is that scientists “manipulated” the data on purpose to exaggerate global warming.

This is nonsense. The claim is wrong. The scientists didn’t manipulate the data, they processed it. That’s a very different thing. And the reason they do it isn’t hard to understand.

Imagine you want to measure the daily temperature in a field near a town. You want to make sure the measurements you get aren’t affected by whether it’s cloudy or sunny—direct sunlight on the thermometer will increase the temperature you measure—so you set it up in a reflective box. Look: Right away you’ve adjusted the temperature, even before you’ve taken a measurement! You’ve made sure an outside influence doesn’t affect your data adversely. That’s a good thing.

So you start reading the data, but over time someone buys the property near the field, and builds houses there. Driveways, roads, houses leaking heat…this all affects your thermometer. Perhaps a building is erected that casts a shadow over your location. Whatever: You have to account for all these effects.

That’s what scientists do. That’s what scientists did. They examined the data from these thermometers all over the world, and tried to minimize the impact of outside influences. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be able to trust the data.

How you correct the data is important, of course, and this is where the second claim comes in: Scientists manipulated the data specifically to make it look like global warming is stronger than it really is.

Ah, but we know that’s not true! A few years ago, an independent group at Berkeley Earth took that same temperature data and re-examined it, processing it in a different way. Guess what they found?

Yup. The planet’s warming up, and pretty much just as the other scientists had said. You can read more about this in an excellent article by Neville Nicholls, who is an expert in how meteorological measurements need to be adjusted in this way. There’s more at the “…and then there’s Physics” blog and at Real Sceptic, and Skeptical Science has an article debunking this as well.

A graph is worth a thousand words. Here are the results of the Berkeley research compared with various other groups:

temperature graph

The recalibrated temperatures by the Berkeley group (black) versus various other groups. In the past, measurements are less certain, but in modern times they converge and all trend the same way. Berkeley Earth

As you can see, there’s virtually no difference. As long as the measurements are processed properly they show what we know, what we’ve known, for quite some time: The world is warming up, and it’s warming up rapidly.

So, far from being “the biggest science scandal ever,” this isn’t even a scandal at all, and is in fact how science works. You can’t just take raw data off a detector and claim it’s real; if you do so, then at best you’d be fooling yourself, and at worst you’d be trying to fool others. And that’s certainly not how science works.