Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
What is that incites normal everyday citizens to protest? To rally as a grass roots organisation and March across the nation saying.
‘’Let disgust be your compass.’’
After all it is estimated that only 15% of Australians have ever protested. Has the Abbott Government been so poor so harmful as to merit a grass roots uprising.
Last Sunday I spoke with Tim Jones who together with Craig Andrew Batty is a co-founder of ‘’March in March.’’ Tim is a Newcastle resident who recently joined the Labor Party because he identified with its policies but is normally just a political spectator. He is by no means active in the party. He says the leadership group of 4 women and 3 male organisers are a bi partisan and he isn’t aware of the party affiliation, if any, of any of them. He goes out of his way to point out that the…
View original 1,221 more words
This was written inlight of the US Senate sitting to discuss climate action but these fourclimate facts certainly keep me awake.
Four climate change facts to keep the US Senate up all night.
I find myself not being surprised by this. Abbott surrounds himself with people more idiotic than him (I know how that sounds but it’s true) and I think its a deliberate act, not to make himself look better in the public eye but to make himself feel better about himself. He is a village idiot and he knows it.
UPDATE: It seems that the page has been pulled by AIMN and there isn’t anything inthe media to back it up so I’m convinced it probably isn’t true. That said, I still stand by the rest of what I have said and will add that he has a habit of placing these idiots in positions for which they are unqualified. That includes the idiot who can’t count past eleventy being made treasurer.
The important caveats are the references to drought and floods in a warmer world. My Australian readers will certainly relate to that as we are already feeling the effects in that regard. I also find the prospect of damaging soil ecology with nitrification inhibitors. Symptomatic of our propensity to try and put bandaids on everything. It is finger in the dyke stuff.
Originally posted on Simple Climate:
Britain’s wheatfields could become even more productive as the world warms – but that will have implications for further greenhouse gas emissions and fairness to countries less well positioned. Image credit: Tim Gage used via Flickr Creative Commons license
It may seem that nothing could be simpler than toast, but next time I see a slice pop up I’ll also see an emblem of the world’s future. That’s thanks to a UK study exploring the problems surrounding growing enough wheat for flour and other foods as the world warms and has ever more people in it. The issue is especially tangled, Mirjam Röder and her University of Manchester teammates show, as adapting farming for the future will likely increase greenhouse gas emissions, driving further warming. “Climate change and food security are two issues which can’t be decoupled,” Mirjam told me. “The same applies for mitigation and adaptation.”
Mirjam is part…
View original 1,137 more words
Originally posted on TIME:
Malaria is one of the most common—and deadly—infectious diseases in the world,
more than 300 million people a year and
killing over 600,000 people
. But because it’s a mosquito-borne disease—the parasite that causes malaria is passed to human beings by mosquito bites—its range has been limited to warmer tropical areas, the so-called “malaria belt.” And even within tropical countries, altitude matters: the disease is much less common in tropical highlands, where colder temperatures slow down both the mosquito and the development of the parasite within it. It’s not for nothing that 19th century British colonists would build hill stations in malaria-prone countries like India, to escape both heat and disease.
So it’s not surprising either that scientists have been trying to find out for years whether climate change might expand the range of malaria, putting millions of people who live in tropical highlands at risk. Warmer temperatures should…
View original 462 more words
Nothing to say here…just watch.
Originally posted on robertscribbler:
In the masterfully constructed fantasy world of Westeros, George R.R. Martin’s characters have a saying —
Winter is Coming
The words are spoken with an air of dread as winters in this realm can extend for years, starve entire cities, and push civilizations to the brink. In a world impacted by human climate change, the words El Nino might be uttered with a similar dread, as it foreshadows a dumping of Pacific Ocean heat back into an already warming atmosphere.
The result is that most moderate to strong El Nino years are record hot years, pushing the global temperature average ever higher through a cycle of natural variability warped toward hot by human greenhouse gas forcing. And, in fact, even two of the recent weak El Nina years, 2005 and 2010, were both hottest years on record:
(NASA GISS temperature graph showing global increases since 1950 reflecting El Nino,…
View original 1,179 more words
Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
Image courtesy of thepunch.com.au
Tony Abbott keeps raising the bar of stupidity.
His speech last night at a timber industry dinner lauding timber workers as “the ultimate conservationists” brings home the gold medal.
Corinne Grant provides a wonderful take on this superb performance:
It’s pretty much standard for politicians to suck up to their audiences.
If they’re talking to mining magnates, they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia. If they’re talking to farmers, they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia.
If they’re talking to factory workers they tell them they’re the backbone of Australia (and then they tell them they earn too much).
But when Tony Abbott told a room full of loggers that they were the ‘ultimate conservationists’, even that audience must have been reaching for its sick bag.
Seriously, people who cut down trees are saving them? As what? IKEA furniture?
Just brilliant, Corinne.
View original 391 more words
A better title for this would actually be “Greg Hunt is a climate change denying weasel.” This is because yet again, he has demonstrated that he is prepared to lie endlessly and deliberately misrepresent reports to justify his party’s impotency on the very real and very serious issue of anthropogenic climate change and global warming, so that the major contributors to his party can continue to rape the planet of its natural resources and ruin the planet for future generations all in the pursuit of personal wealth. In the end, all Greg Hunt will achieve is infamy as a snivelling moronic liar and scoundrel partly responsible for ruining the planet. Future historians will not be kind. What a legacy to leave. I wonder if in the future, the surnames Hunt, Abbott, Hockey, Abetz, Pyne, Bishop, Credlin etc will disappear in this country, much like the surname Hitler did in Germany. I would be ditching my name for fear of being associated with these morons.
Why The Coalition Won’t Win On Climate.