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Adani Lawfare

Adani is an Indian company with a coal project in development in the Galilee basin in Central Queensland.  Serial and vexatious litigation – all actions brought over years have been lost – have delayed the project and added to costs.  … Continue reading

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Restoring agricultural soils for profit, biodiversity and climate resilience

Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and cement production – from 1750 to 2011 – was about 365 billion metric tonnes as carbon (GtC), with another 180 GtC from deforestation and agriculture.   Of this 545 GtC, about 240 GtC (44%) … Continue reading

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Working Backwards – from ENSO variability to Solar Causality

ENSO (El Niño Southern Oscillation) variability is linked to the spinning up or down of the South Pacific gyre – as it brings more or less cold Southern Ocean water northward – along the Peruvian coast – to more or less … Continue reading

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A cost effective middle ground for climate action and environmental conservation

The latest carbon auction under the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) happened last month.  Some 47 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent mitigation was purchased by the federal government at a cost of $516 million.  To do this with solar power … Continue reading

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Failing the test of environmental conservation

I have worked as a hydrologist and environmental scientist for 30 years.  Over that time hope for environmental conservation has given way to fatalism.  Governments of all ilk have failed to reverse environmental and biodiversity decline.  There has been some … Continue reading

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Global environmental priorities are much broader than wind and solar power

Mitigation of black carbon – and sulphur dioxide – emissions proceed with current technologies and improve health and environmental outcomes.  Mitigation of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use will need a range of technologies in a number of sectors – … Continue reading

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The Grand Climate System – the new level in planetary theory

Understanding climate require a systems approach that seems little appreciated to date. The consequence of this neglect is that widespread expectations of the future evolution of climate have no validity. The policy implication of a climate system that doesn’t behave … Continue reading

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Is Ecomodernism the third way on climate change?

The headline here is the title of a blog post on “The Hill” by Julie Kelly. It contains three terms that seem likely to annoy any thoughtful conservative. Ecomodernism is a term used for toasters, pants, lampshades, etc. that have … Continue reading

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Climate chaos – the once and future dragon-king

“… the future evolution of the global mean temperature may hold surprises on both the warm and cold ends of the spectrum due entirely to internal variability that lie well outside the envelope of a steadily increasing global mean temperature.”  … Continue reading

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Tax Carbon Pollution or Seize the Day?

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.  Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries.  On such a full sea are we now afloat.  And … Continue reading

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