Climate Change Hits Indigenous Australians Hardest

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, recently returned from the UN’s Conference for Racism and Anti-Semitism, says that Australia’s indigenous people will be hardest hit by climate change. If temperatures in North Queensland continue to rise, icebergs in the Torres Strait will begin to melt. This will result in dangerous sea …

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Anthropogenic Global Warming Could Have Been Right

In laboratory conditions, increases in the proportion of CO2 in air result in a small, but proportional increase in heat retention. It was reasonable to ask whether a similar effect might apply in the real world. If increased CO2 was responsible for warming, then this warming would occur more quickly in the upper troposphere, and at …

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D-Day (Dimwit Day) In South Australia

The Rann government’s ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags starts today. I predict chaos and frustration at supermarkets around the state. Tim Blair notes that the people who grow marijuana are subject to a fine of $300, while those who provide their customers with a plastic shopping bag are subject to a fine of $315. This …

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Global Warming Is ‘Zombie Science’

From Dr Bruce Charlton at Science Direct: … that so many vague, dumb or incoherent scientific theories are apparently believed by so many scientists for so many years is suggestive that this ideal does not necessarily reflect real world practice. In the real world it looks more like most scientists are quite willing to pursue …

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Climate Change – We Don’t Need No Steenking Debates

Three brief notes. Lord Monckton was invited by Rep. Joe Barton, the senior Republican on the US Energy & Commerce Committee, to speak alongside Al Gore at a global warming policy meeting in Washington. Democrat members decided this was not such a good idea, and Monckton’s invitation was rescinded.  Cowards. Also from Climate Depot: Al Gore …

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WHO: ‘All Humanity Under Threat’ From Swine Flu

The World Health Organisation has warned that “all of humanity is under threat” from a potential swine flu pandemic and called for “global solidarity” to combat the virus. The plea came as the WHO raised the swine flu threat awareness level to 5 out of 6, indicating that the world is on the brink of …

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I’m Not Convinced Swine Flu Is Going To Be A Pandemic

But a 23 month old child died of Swine Flu in the US today – the first recorded death outside Mexico. All deaths from any disease are sad. It is sad that so many have died in Mexico, and confusing that the death rate there is so high. We need to have answers. But panic, especially by …

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Contradictory Policy Statements From The US

Two oddly contradictory statements today. President Barack Obama says he wants to bring science to the forefront of US thinking, to make the US once again world leaders in scientific research and development. OK. Excellent. But how does that square with Hilary Clinton’s announcment that the US is ready to lead the fight against climate change? There …

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Scientists And Ethicists Growl At Cloning Doctor

The objection is not that Panayiotis Zavos claims to have cloned human beings. Others have done that. Nor is it that he claims to have made hybrid human-animal clones by putting human DNA into cow eggs. Others have done that. As far as the medical establishment is concerned making human clones, even human animal hybrids, is fine as …

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Queenslanders Cleared Of Flu, But..

Tests on two Queenslanders thought to have contracted Swine Flu after visits to Mexico and the US are negative. New strains of flu emerge every year. What is worrying about this apparently new version of swine flu is not the transmission rate, which is about average, but the fact that it is so deadly – …

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I Want My Global Warming

Still raining on Kangaroo Island, which is great – we have no mains water, only what we catch and store ourselves. The tanks are starting to fill. They were virtually empty five days ago, and are now at about one third of capacity, which is pretty good for one weekend. What is not so cool is that has …

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Best Chance Yet For Extra-Terrestrial Life

Scientists at the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland have found an earth-like planet orbiting the red dwarf start Gliese, about 20 light years away. The planet’s gravity is too high to support life in forms similar to those of living things on Earth. But the estimated average temperature of the planet is 0-40 degrees Celsius. This means …

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Hundreds of Millions Hurt By Stupidity Says Oxfam

No they didn’t. They said hundreds of millions would be hurt by climate change. It is true that lots of people are hurt each year in natural disasters. But apart from increased casualties caused by more densely concentrated populations, there is no reason to believe that there are more ‘climate’ disasters than ever before. The claim …

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Wind Farms An Expensive Waste Of Time

A real-world test performed by the Dutch province of Zeeland (a very windy place) confirms that small windmills are a fundamentally flawed technology. Twelve wind turbines were placed in a row on an open plain. Their energy yield was measured over a period of one year (April 1, 2008 – March 31, 2009). The average wind …

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Leading Earth Scientist Says Climate Alarmists Like Creationists.

Because both global warming alarmists and creationists care more about defending their entrenched positions than they do for the evidence. In comments on another blog I was recently accused of being a denialist because I pointed out that the world was not getting any warmer, and that there was no correlation between human production of CO2 and …

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