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Australian Emissions Trading SystemAEFS NOVA CASA: AUSTRALIANENVIRONMENT. ORG A AEF mudou sua residencia on-line. Por favor, visite nosso novo site em australianenvironment. org. Warren Buffett faria qualquer coisa para reduzir a taxa de imposto de sua empresa Berkshire Hathaway, incluindo a construcao de turbinas eolicas nao rentaveis ??para obter creditos fiscais do governo federal. Vou fazer tudo o que e basicamente coberto pela lei para reduzir a taxa de imposto Berkshires, Buffett disse uma audiencia em Omaha, Nebraska neste fim de semana. Por exemplo, na energia eolica, temos um credito fiscal se construimos muitos parques eolicos. Essa e a unica razao para construi-los. Eles nao fazem sentido sem o credito fiscal. Os buscadores de renda na Australia levando bilhoes de dolares em subsidios financiados por consumidores de eletricidade atraves de contas de energia mais elevadas nao sao quase tao honestos como Buffett GREEN THUGGERY esta mantendo AGRONEGOCIO de resgate. O diretor da AEF e ex-embaixador do GATT (predecessor da Organizacao Mundial do Comercio), Alan Oxley, escreve em The Australian destaca como os grupos ambientais multinacionais buscam controlar as cadeias de suprimentos das industrias primarias. Tony Abbott chegou ao cargo com compromissos para cortar verde e burocracia e empurrar contra as politicas verdes improdutivas e prejudiciais para o crescimento. No entanto, grupos de ativistas como o Greenpeace eo Fundo Mundial para a Natureza (WWF) nao se importam. Eles estao fazendo campanhas para amarrar os agricultores australianos com mais fita verde. O objectivo declarado e salvar o ambiente: o verdadeiro objectivo e controlar a agricultura. ESTE LIVRO NAO E PARA VERDES Os verdes podem ter comecado como ambientalistas genuinos. Grande parte do movimento verde agora se transformou em um grupo de pressao politica extremista nao eleito e responsavel para com ninguem, muito para o continuo embaraco da AEF, seus membros e todos os ambientalistas genuinos. Os verdes criam problemas, muitos dos quais sao inventados e nao fornecem solucoes porque, em geral, sao impulsionados pela ideologia, ignorando fatos e evidencias que nao se adequam a sua causa. Este livro do professor Ian Plimer examina as politicas verdes a luz do conhecimento estabelecido e mostra que elas sao irrealistas. O livro pode ser encomendado aqui. Em marco de 2014, o National Health amp Conselho de Pesquisa Medica divulgou sua revisao da literatura cientifica relacionada com as operacoes de turbinas eolicas e impactos adversos para a saude, juntamente com um projecto de documento de informacao para consulta publica. Enquanto o NHMRC afirmou Nao ha nenhuma evidencia confiavel ou consistente de que parques eolicos diretamente causar efeitos adversos para a saude em seres humanos que tambem deixou claro O corpo de provas relativas a parques eolicos e saude e de qualidade pequena e deficiente. Esta evidencia foi relatada como insuficiente e sub-padrao. Sem duvida, para seu embaraco permanente o NHMRC eo ministro da Saude Peter Dutton receberam uma critica pungente do processo de revisao pelo Dr. Michael Crawford onde ele observa defeitos grosseiros no processo NHMRC. Dr. Crawford afirma Os problemas no relatorio sao tao difundidos que lancar serias duvidas sobre a adequacao do trabalho do Grupo de Referencia associado e os envolvidos na revisao. Os governos federais declararam compromisso com estudos medicos e acusticos para determinar se as operacoes de turbinas eolicas causam impactos adversos a saude exigem que o ministro Dutton direcione o NHMRC para realizar imediatamente uma revisao que desta vez cumpre seus termos de referencia. AUDITORIA DE CSIRO AMBIENTE DADOS CLIMATICOS NECESSARIOS O governo australiano confia no CSIRO e no Bureau of Meteorology para aconselhamento sobre o aquecimento global. Em 26 de marco, Dennis Jensen, o deputado de Tangney, falou no Parlamento Australiano sobre como o Escritorio Australiano de Meteorologia desempenha um papel importante no seu conjunto de dados de temperatura historica, mas nao tem confianca em seu proprio conjunto de dados. Rapido e solto com dados criticos de temperatura. O Dr. Jensen enfatiza o problema com o Bureau alegando dados de temperatura nao confiaveis ??para a Australia antes de 1910, enquanto apoia e contribui para uma base de dados de temperatura global do IPCC (Painel Intergovernamental das Nacoes Unidas sobre Mudancas Climaticas) a partir de 1850, inclusive para a Australia. O governo precisa criar uma agencia independente para auditar toda a ciencia em que se baseia na formulacao da politica. Continuando a controversia sobre a mudanca climatica, o verdadeiro estado de saude da Grande Barreira de Corais eo uso da agua na Bacia de Murray Darling, apenas para citar algumas questoes, dependem da empresa e interpretacao da ciencia para destilar Os fatos de uma alegada ameaca ambiental. Isto e como deve ser. Muitos bilhoes de dolares em fundos dos contribuintes sao gastos em abordar apenas as tres questoes ambientais mencionadas diminuindo as somas muito consideraveis ??gastas na pesquisa cientifica que exigia acao. Mas quem controla a ciencia Das questoes mencionadas, quase exclusivamente a ciencia e aconselhamento fornecido ao governo e fornecido por agencias governamentais sem auditoria cientifica independente, um papel que costumava ser desempenhado pelo Conselho Australiano de Ciencia, Tecnologia e Engenharia ate que foi descontinuado Em 1997. A AEF solicita o restabelecimento de uma agencia de auditoria publica de engenharia cientifica equivalente a Comissao de Produtividade como um cheque sobre a politizacao flagrante que agora afeta negativamente todas as decisoes ambientais como elas se relacionam com propostas de desenvolvimento publicas e privadas. AEF diretor Professor Peter Ridd escreveu neste 2011 artigo da necessidade de um tal corpo Nos precisamos de uma organizacao cujo papel nao e diretamente para tentar determinar a verdade, mas apenas para fazer o melhor caso contra a sabedoria convencional. Vou chamar esta organizacao do Escritorio de Desafios Cientificos (SCO) por falta de um nome melhor. A organizacao deve gerir sua propria revista e ter recursos significativos para financiar cientistas externos ou empregar os seus proprios. Deve ser financiado pelo governo e possivelmente uma autoridade estatutaria para minimizar a interferencia politica. SAO ACADEMICOS ACIMA DA LEI O biologo marinho Professor Walter Starck neste artigo analisa a declinacao da integridade da ciencia e como isso afetou a percepcao publica de questoes como a saude da Grande Barreira de Recifes. A ciencia tem tradicionalmente desfrutado de um alto nivel de confianca publica, ea corrupcao da integridade cientifica tem sido especialmente prejudicial. O problema nao tem sido uniforme em todas as ciencias, mas e especialmente notavel na area de estudos ambientais. Um observador poderia concluir que tudo comecou ha varias decadas, quando os pesquisadores descobriram que a probabilidade de aprovacao de bolsas de pesquisa poderia ser significativamente aumentada se a relevancia para uma ameaca ambiental fosse sugerida. Isso pode parecer inocente, mas uma vez que o dinheiro e recebido em tal base, o que comeca como uma sugestao logo se torna necessario defender como fato. Como parte da reabilitacao ambiental da bacia de Murray Darling uma estrategia de peixe nativo foi adotada em 2003 e funcionou ate 2013. Foi afirmado na epoca que os numeros de peixe nativo foram apenas de 10 por cento de pre - Niveis europeus. De acordo com o Australian River Restoration Center uma decada mais tarde, as populacoes de peixes nativos estao em declinio e nao mais do que a populacao de 2003. Entao, depois de dez anos e milhoes de dolares, como e a estrategia de ir Uma das especies mais abundantes no Murrays Lower Lakes antes da construcao dos diques maritimos que separam o Lago Alexandrina do Oceano Austral foi o mulloway. O mulloway foi o centro de uma prospera industria pesqueira nos Baixo Lagos, que desmoronou com a construcao dos diques do mar, que transformou um ambiente estuarino quase intocada em um lago artificial de agua doce. O mulloway nem sequer e mencionado na Estrategia dos Peixes Nativos que visa restaurar as populacoes de peixes a 60 por cento dos seus numeros pre-europeus. A Dra. Jennifer Marohasy e o Professor John Abbot publicaram uma critica a Estrategia dos Peixes Nativos, que sugere que muitos dos desafios sao conhecidos, mas nao foram postos em pratica. FATOS EXIGEM MUDANCA A NOMINACAO PATRIMONIAL DE TASMANIANO DO PATRIMONIO Um relatorio liberado o 12 de marco de 2014 pela fundacao australiana do ambiente demonstra que a nomenclatura do limite menor da area selvagem do patrimonio mundial da Tasmania pelo governo de Gillard e profundamente imperfeita e deve ser emendada como proposto pelo governo de Abbott. A principal questao destacada no relatorio e que a atual nomeacao inclui cupoes de colheita de madeira e plantacoes que abusam da integridade do World Heritage Area (WHA) criterios de valor universal pendentes, prejudicando assim o apoio publico continuo. Leia o comunicado de imprensa O QUE VESTAS SABIA SOBRE O RUIDO DA TURBINA E QUANDO ELES O CONHECIDAM O diretor executivo da AEF Max Rheese documenta neste artigo publicado no OnLine Opiniao como a industria eolica sabia ha uma decada que o ruido das turbinas eolicas tem impacto em algumas pessoas e zonas de protecao mais seguras e requerido. Esta e uma historia sobre a industria de energia eolica e fabricante de turbinas, Vestas ea campanha global para combater a dissidencia sobre os impactos adversos causados ??por seu produto a uma minoria muitas vezes ignorado de pessoas que vivem em comunidades rurais em todo o mundo. E tambem sobre os idiotas uteis cooptado para ajudar a vender sua mensagem. Um termo usado para aqueles que sao vistos inconscientemente apoiar uma causa censuravel que eles nativamente acreditam ser uma forca para o bem. APOIE OS ENVIRONMENTALISTAS RACIONAIS Torne-se um membro da AEF e faca um investimento na boa politica ambiental hoje Faca o download de um formulario de associacao ou dote atraves dos botoes PayPal a esquerda. AUSTRALIAN NAO ESTA RELACIONADO COM O CLIMA COMO ATIVISTAS Peter Hannam relatou em The Age em 6 de fevereiro que: Os australianos classificam as mudancas climaticas bem abaixo em sua lista de preocupacoes, embora a maioria acredite que as temperaturas em que vivem vao subir, de acordo com uma pesquisa anual de atitudes por O CSIRO. Em uma lista de 16 questoes que vao desde saude e custo de vida ao terrorismo e problemas de drogas, as alteracoes climaticas entraram em apenas 14. Mesmo entre as questoes ambientais, o clima classificou apenas setima das oito preocupacoes, atras do lixo domestico e acima apenas da salinidade. Apesar de todo o hype, alarmar e scaremongering particularmente durante a ultima decada por ativistas do clima, o IPCC e alguns cientistas o exame mostra somente 47 dos australianos acreditam em mudancas climaticas induzidas humanas para baixo de 50 na primeira pesquisa de CSIRO em 2011. Uma pesquisa diferente em 2009 apenas uma quinzena antes do debacle de Copenhaga descobriu que 67 dos australianos acreditavam que a mudanca climatica era por causa da atividade humana. Esta rapida queda na crenca de perigoso aquecimento global antropogenico faz a declaracao do autor principal do ultimo inquerito CSIRO Dr. Zoe Leviston bastante interessante: Acao eficaz na adaptacao as mudancas climaticas deve ser baseada em informacoes atuais e confiaveis ??sobre o que os australianos pensam das Alteracoes Climaticas. Realmente Se os proximos anos pesquisa revela que apenas 40 dos australianos acham que a mudanca climatica e significativamente induzida por humanos, nos paramos de desperdicar milhoes em programas duvidosos Ou esse nivel de crenca precisa cair para 35 ou 30 Como sobre a ideia de que a politica e acao (custando bilhoes ) Baseiam-se em evidencias empiricas e nao nas desacreditadas projecoes de modelos de computador 7 BILHOES DE IMPOSTOS DE CARBONO REDUZEM CO2 POR 0,03 PARA REFRIGERAR EUA POR ZERO DE GROS O australiano relatou que as contas nacionais de estufa a serem divulgadas hoje mostram que as emissoes de carbono cairam apenas 0,3% Ate Setembro de 2013. Isto apesar de o imposto sobre o carbono ter aumentado 7 mil milhoes no periodo. Jo Nova no seu site nao pensou muito no resultado: a Australia tem um dos mais agressivos esquemas de reducao de carbono do mundo. Se conseguiu alguma coisa, foi um acidente. Succao 7billion para fora da economia pode ter ajudado CO2 reduzido, nao atraves de pessoas usando energia limpa, mas porque ele abaixou PIB Australias. As empresas desistiram de tentar produzir coisas uteis e passaram mais tempo preenchendo pedacos de papel. O ESPECTADOR CLIMATICO TOMOU PARA TOMAR PARA AQUECIMENTO DE AR ??QUENTE NO VENTO O editor de negocios do Herald Sun, Terry McCrann, esta envergonhado por um dos sites da News Ltd, The Climate Spectator. McCrann leva o editor Tristan Edis para a tarefa para sua interpretacao da contribuicao escassa de S. A e fazendas de vento de Victorian a demanda de registro para a eletricidade durante a onda de calor de janeiro em Australia do sul. A evidencia e clara, inequivoca e inegavel. Exceto, naturalmente, para negadores como Hanson-Young e Tristan Edis do - embaracosamente, tambem o nosso - site Climate Spectator. Quando voce precisa de mais poder para manter as luzes acesas, para manter a industria funcionando, para, no seu mais basico, manter as pessoas vivas, a resposta e certamente nao soprando no vento. Quando precisavamos de mais energia na semana passada, o vento desapareceu em acao. Esta verdade e captada nos graficos. WIND AND SOLAR CANT MANUSEAR O CALOR A falha de ondas de calor suscita debate sobre o custo do RET informou a Australian Financial Review depois de uma serie de dias quentes durante a semana: Mais de 2 bilhoes de investimentos subsidiados em mais de 2 milhoes de sistemas solares contribuiram com menos de 5 por Cento da demanda de energia de pico em Victoria e no sul da Australia durante a pior onda de calor desta semana. A falta de vento no sul da Australia durante o calor extremo na quarta-feira significou que os fazendeiros de estados nao fizeram quase nada para parar os precos de energia por atacado subindo mais de 13.000 megawatt por hora, varias centenas de vezes os precos normais. A incapacidade do vento e da energia solar para atender a demanda durante a onda de calor no sul da Australia tem alimentado o debate sobre se o custo das energias renovaveis ??esta superando o beneficio antes de uma revisao da meta 2020 de energia renovavel dos governos. Enquanto isso, o australiano relatou. Quando a demanda de eletricidade atingiu o pico no auge desta onda de calor semanas no sul da Australia, a producao de energia total da frota de parques eolicos em Victoria e Australia do Sul foi quase zero. O relatorio tambem destacou afirmacoes falsas anteriores da industria eolica de que fazendas eolicas amplamente dispersas compensariam qualquer saida erratica intermitente de parques eolicos individuais durante condicoes de calma. Esta afirmacao e contraria a experiencia de Victoria e Australia do Sul na semana passada. Tambem e contraria as conclusoes de um artigo publicado no Peer-reviewed Journal of Energy amp Environment pelo engenheiro eletrico Paul Miskelly e fisico Tom Quirk publicado - espere por ele - ha tres anos As vigorosas negacoes da industria eolica refutar muitas questoes Da sua industria defeituosa, tais como: incumprimento de regulamentos de ruido, impactos adversos para a saude, subsidios ao consumidor muito caros e poucas ou nenhuma reducao nas emissoes de gases com efeito de estufa sao mostrados como falsos a medida que a evidencia e a experiencia da vida real se acumulam. Uma a uma as falsas negativas sao esmagadas pela realidade. As turbinas eolicas murcham sob o peso das evidencias O IPCC AR5 DESCONTRA O CASO DE AGW As evidencias relatadas pelo Relatorio de Avaliacao do IPCC 5 enfraquecem o caso de fatores antropogenicos que dominam a mudanca climatica no seculo XX e inicio do seculo XXI, diz a professora Judith Curry. Os relatorios de avaliacao do IPCC expressaram opinioes de consenso cada vez mais confiantes sobre a importancia da influencia antropogenica no clima global nos ultimos 60 anos. Este aumento de confianca nas principais conclusoes do AR5 Resumo para os formuladores de politicas parece injustificado com base no texto, figuras e analises no principal Relatorio do Grupo de Trabalho 1, e tambem em comparacao com as conclusoes do AR4. Varios elementos-chave do relatorio apontam para um enfraquecimento do caso de atribuicao do aquecimento das influencias humanas: Falta de aquecimento desde 1998 e discrepancias crescentes com as projecoes do modelo climatico Evidencia de diminuicao da sensibilidade climatica aos aumentos de CO2 Evidencias de que o nivel do mar aumenta em 1920, 1950 e da mesma magnitude que em 1993-2012 Aumentar a extensao do gelo do mar na Antartida Pouca confianca na atribuicao de eventos climaticos extremos ao aquecimento global antropogenico Judith Curry e professora e cadeira da Escola de Ciencias Atmosfericas e da Terra no Georgia Institute of Technology e recentemente servida No Comite de Pesquisas Climaticas das Academias Nacionais e na Junta de Estudos Espaciais e no Grupo de Trabalho sobre o Clima da NOAA e hospeda o site Climate Etc. SENATOR SLAMS WIND INDUSTRY NAO CONFORMIDADE Em 10 de dezembro, o senador John Madigan fez um discurso no Senado de suas experiencias com o Industria eolica, autoridades de planejamento vitoriano e o regulador de energia limpa. Esta noite eu coloquei alguns trechos daqueles documentos da FOI, porque esta historia nao e apenas sobre o parque eolico de Waubra rompendo suas condicoes de licenca de planejamento, trata-se de uma cultura de descumprimento decorrente de falha regulatoria sistemica que afeta todos os parques eolicos em Victoria. Os autores desta historia sao as empresas de parques eolicos, o ministro do Planejamento vitoriano e seu departamento, o Commonwealths Clean Energy Regulator, os conselhos locais e outros na comunidade reguladora que nao estao prestando atencao. Esta historia envolve a dor eo sofrimento de pessoas pequenas que vivem na Australia rural, danos ambientais, fraude em grande escala, decepcao, mentiras e ocultacao. U. N. GUERRA SOBRE O CARVAO AMEACANDO O PROGRESSO AMBIENTAL NOS MUNDOS REGIOES DESPERADOS A jornalista investigativa canadense Donna Laframboise questiona as acoes da U. N em sua campanha contra o carvao. Muitas pessoas acreditam que nao ha nenhuma desvantagem para combater o aquecimento global. Conheco continuamente individuos inteligentes e bem falados que se recusam absolutamente a pensar criticamente sobre a politica climatica. Seu raciocinio e que, mesmo se o aquecimento global nao vir a ser desastroso, essas medidas sao boas para o meio ambiente de qualquer maneira. Mas isso nao e frequentemente o caso. Alem disso, sob a superficie de muitas iniciativas verdes, encontramos a crenca toxica (talvez assassino e uma palavra melhor) de que um ambiente pristino e mais importante do que o bem-estar humano. TASMANIA LISTA DE PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL CONTRA-PRODUTIVO A AEF hoje apoiou a decisao dos governos federais de rescindir a mal-aconselhada Lista de Patrimonio Mundial das florestas da Tasmania que fazem parte do atual processo de paz. Leia mais A RESPOSTA A QUESTOES QUEIMADURAS Roger Underwood, membro da AEF, analisa dois importantes livros sobre o valor da reducao de combustivel como uma ferramenta de gerenciamento de incendio. Dois livros importantes vieram para mim recentemente. One, The Biggest Estate on Earth de Bill Gammage, esta destinado a se tornar um classico na literatura australiana, muito menos na literatura sobre bushfire. O outro e Burning Issues de Mark Adams e Peter Attiwill, um esboco conciso, mas abrangente da ciencia subjacente queima de reducao de combustivel na Australia. Ao lado de Stephen Pynes anterior classico (Burning Bush), bem-ler copias de todos os tres destes volumes devem estar na estante de cada gerente de terra na Australia, e deve ser um estudo obrigatorio para alunos de graduacao em todas as ciencias naturais. A AGUA ESTA SUBSTITUINDO AS MUDANCAS CLIMATICAS COMO O PROXIMO SUSPENSO AMBIENTAL DO U. N. O Dr. canadense Tim Ball neste artigo no site Watts Up With That destaca o que ele ve como o foco do Programa Ambiental dos EUA enquanto a histeria sobre o perigoso aquecimento global antropogenico perde seu brilho politico. Uma vez que um problema e falsamente estabelecido, o controle nao esta muito atras. O Programa das Nacoes Unidas para o Meio Ambiente (PNUMA) precisa de uma substituicao para o susto da mudanca climatica. Deve ser um recurso natural global, pouco compreendido pela maioria para que eles possam facilmente enganar transcender fronteiras nacionais e rapidamente criar paixoes e preocupacoes. O alvo, a agua, ja esta em jogo. CABINET REJEITA SOCIALISMO MASQUERADING COMO MEIO AMBIENTE Gabinete federal decidiu que a Australia nao vai se inscrever para quaisquer novas contribuicoes, impostos ou encargos na cupula de Varsovia mudanca climatica. Isto vem como parte de um endurecimento significativo de sua posicao porque planeia mover dentro dos dias para revogar o imposto do carbono e outros esquemas verdes wasteful. Os ministros do gabinete decidiram rejeitar quaisquer medidas do socialismo mascaradas como ambientalismo depois de se encontrarem na semana passada para considerar uma apresentacao sobre a posicao que o governo levaria a conferencia de Varsovia. O Canada apoiou a decisao australiana de nao contribuir para o fundo verde do clima dos EUA que busca 100 bilhoes de paises desenvolvidos. TOP U. S CLIMATE SCIENTISTS APOIO A POTENCIA NUCLEAR A AEF tem dito ha anos que e hora de a Australia, pelo menos, ter uma discussao madura e racional sobre a energia nuclear. Os proeminentes ambientalistas Mark Lynas na U. K, Stewart Brand nos Estados Unidos e Patrick Moore no Canada ja recanted sua oposicao a energia nuclear. Uma carta aberta aos ambientalistas e lideres mundiais dos cientistas do clima diz que a energia eolica e solar nao sao suficientes para diminuir as emissoes de carbono. MODELOS CLIMATICOS - MAUS DO QUE NOS PENSAMOS Observacoes agora inconsistentes com modelo climatico Previsoes para 25 (indo em 35) anos dizem Paul Knappenberger e Patrick Michaels neste artigo no Watts Up With That websiste. Pergunta: Quanto tempo a fantasia de que os modelos climaticos sao indicadores confiaveis ??da evolucao do clima terrestre persistem em face de evidencias opressivas ao contrario Resposta: Provavelmente, enquanto houver uma cruzada contra os combustiveis fosseis. CURVATURA LONGA PARA DESENHAR FOGOS-DE-AVARIADO EM MANIFESTO O AQUECIMENTO GLOBAL MAN-MADE John McLean e o autor de tres artigos revisados ??por especialistas sobre clima e foi um critico especialista para o ultimo relatorio climatico do IPCC e escreve no The Canberra Times que as forcas naturais podem explicar a gravidade De incendios e incendios recentes no passado. A IPCC diz em seu relatorio mais recente que a temperatura global subiu 0,8C desde 1880 - menos de um grau em 133 anos. Todo mundo sabe que o sudeste da Australia sofreu dezenas de grandes danos causados ??pela furia desde a devastacao da Quinta-Feira Negra de 1851 em Victoria, muitos dos que ocorreram decadas antes de qualquer aumento apreciavel das emissoes de dioxido de carbono. E, no entanto, numerosos comentaristas tentaram vincular esse aumento benigno da temperatura com os incendios ocorridos em NSW. Muitos desses comentaristas tentam desinteressadamente distrair a atencao da falta de ardencia prescrita, contra a qual eles se opoem. Para promover o alarme de mudanca climatica, que eles apoiam. Se o IPCC tivesse alguma evidencia especifica de uma ligacao entre as mudancas climaticas e os incendios florestais, estariamos ouvindo tudo sobre ele, dado que nos arent, disse o suficiente. Decadas de pesquisas de fogo de arbustos demonstram o principal determinante da intensidade do fogo, alem do tempo em um determinado dia em uma emergencia de incendio, e a carga de combustivel. O autor premiado Professor Bill Gammage documenta isso em seu livro The Biggest Estate on Earth. NSW deve prestar atencao a licao aprendida apos Black Saturday e parar de mexer com reducao de combustivel e triplicar o seu programa como Victoria esta agora a implementar para reduzir o risco ea intensidade do fogo. Ao opor o arroz dourado, GREENPEACE desafia seus proprios valores e prejudica as criancas Segundo a Organizacao Mundial da Saude. A deficiencia de vitamina A e um problema de saude publica em mais da metade de todos os paises, especialmente na Africa e no Sudeste Asiatico, atingindo criancas mais duras e mulheres gravidas em paises de baixa renda. Estima-se que 250 000 a 500 000 criancas deficientes em vitamina A ficam cegas a cada ano, metade delas morrendo em 12 meses de perder a visao. O ex-co-fundador do Greenpeace Patrick Moore explica neste artigo que as pessoas empobrecidas em nacoes empobrecidas muitas vezes comem pouco mais do que uma xicara de arroz por dia e se destacam para se beneficiar enormemente com a introducao da vitamina A rica GM Golden Rice. Estes esforcos contudo sao opostos por uma campanha sem coracao de Greenpeace de encontro a tecnologia de GM. Professor Sharon Beder tambem da Greenpeace um saque em um artigo intitulado Green Warriors para Greenwashers dizendo A filosofia que Greenpeace defende hoje contrasta marcadamente com as posicoes que tomou no inicio dos anos 1990. Se isso e o que a versao Greenpeace do ambientalismo parece oposicao ideologica a vida poupando melhorias na producao de alimentos e promover greenwashing corporativa vamos passar. APOIE OS ENVIRONMENTALISTAS RACIONAIS Torne-se um membro da AEF e faca um investimento na boa politica ambiental hoje Faca o download de um formulario de associacao ou dote atraves dos botoes PayPal a esquerda. BUSHFIRE LESSONS NOT LEARNED Um relatorio sobre os catastroficos incendios da Tasmania de janeiro de 2013 mostrou que o governo da Tasmania ignorou avisos da necessidade de programas de queima de reducao de combustivel muito maior para gerenciar melhor os incendios florestais. Isso reproduz as advertencias das comunidades rurais de Victoria nas decadas que antecederam os incendios do Sabado Negro de 2009 para que esse programa fosse urgentemente adotado. Infelizmente, isso so foi acordado apos a perda de 173 vidas no Sabado Negro. Outros estados devem colher os beneficios das licoes aprendidas em Victoria em 2009 que as terras publicas precisam de uma gestao activa de incendios ANTES de devastar os incendios florestais. WIND FARMAS AFETAM VALORES DE PROPRIEDADE Matthew Cranston escreve na Australian Financial Review sobre as preocupacoes de longa data de muitas comunidades rurais sobre valores de terra quando parques eolicos vem para a cidade. Os proprietarios rurais em toda a Australia podem enfrentar um desaparecimento de compradores e valores de queda de ate 60 por cento devido aos parques eolicos vizinhos, um novo relatorio independente estabeleceu. STALLED MUDANCA CLIMATICA FINALMENTE TOMAR O VENTO FORA DE POLITICAS DE ENERGIA FALHAS Larry Bell escreve no Web site de Forbes do desencanto crescente com o processo do IPCC dos autores anteriores do chumbo. O Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, um socialista e um dos pais do movimento ambiental alemao, e agora um de muitos criticos inflexiveis do relatorio do IPCC. Dr. Vahrenholts falta de confianca na objetividade IPCC e veracidade primeiro tomou raiz quando ele se tornou um perito revisor para o seu relatorio de 2011 sobre a energia renovavel e descobriu numerosos erros. Quando ele apontou as imprecisoes para o IPCC, os seus funcionarios simplesmente escovado-los de lado. Atordoado por isso, ele perguntou a si mesmo E esta a maneira como abordaram os relatorios de avaliacao do clima Entao, depois de pesquisar o relatorio climatico do IPCC, ficou horrorizado ao descobrir que suas suspeitas eram verdadeiras. 15 ANOS DE PAUSA RESOLVEU OS OCEANOS ATE NOSSO AQUECIMENTO GLOBAL Lembre-se quando a mudanca climatica costumava ser chamado de aquecimento global, que entao se tornou perigoso aquecimento global Parece que nao e mais perigoso como ele ja foi engolido pelo oceano profundo. Assim vai a explicacao em um esforco insinuante para abordar a pausa de 15 anos em temperaturas globais no comunicado de imprensa do IPCC no lancamento do relatorio AR5. Mas nao podemos ter certeza porque nao temos como medir isso: o calor ainda esta chegando, mas parece ter entrado no oceano profundo e, frustrantemente, nao temos os instrumentos para medir la, disse o professor Ted Shepherd de Universidade de Leitura. O aquecimento global certamente nao desapareceu. Assim o IPCC pensa que o aquecimento dos ultimos 15 anos que nao foi observado esta no oceano profundo, nao pode prova-lo, mas hey seu conseguiu ser em algum lugar. Isso constitui parte da hilariante incoerencia do ultimo relatorio de acordo com o professor Richard Lindzen (veja post abaixo). O processo do IPCC ainda NAO E TOMADO SERIAMENTE Incrivel, pois parece que muitos jornalistas ainda levam o processo do IPCC a serio, como e evidenciado pela cobertura de midia sem folego de catastrofes climaticas futuras provaveis ??desde o lancamento do quinto relatorio de avaliacao em 27 de setembro. No entanto, o processo e a integridade do IPCC sao tao danificados pela continua litania de erros e de defesa alarmista que qualquer jornalista que se preze deve fazer uma pausa para pensar. Insignificante aumento da temperatura global por 15 anos de acordo com o U. K. Met Office, que contradiz diretamente a teoria do aquecimento global alarmista de incontestavel aumento dos niveis de CO2. Greenpeace e ativistas do WWF como revisores peritos do IPCC. O fracasso Climategate como analisado pelo Dr. John Costella. As afirmacoes falsas embaracosas sobre as geleiras do Himalaia. Os pedidos de acordo do IPCC sobre as mudancas climaticas entre milhares de cientistas reduzidos a apenas sete revisores por John McLean. O infame grafico de vara de hoquei proclamado pelo IPCC em seu terceiro relatorio de avaliacao para mostrar o aquecimento catastrofico foi exposto como uma fraude pelos estatisticos canadenses McIntyre e McKitrick. Nos poderiamos ir sobre e sobre, mas voce comeca a imagem. IPCC relatorio incoerencia hilariante diz Lindzen Cientista do Clima MIT Dr. Richard Lindzen disse Deposito Climatico em 27 de setembro de 2013: Eu acho que o ultimo relatorio do IPCC tem verdadeiramente afundado ao nivel de incoerencia hilariante. Eles estao proclamando maior confianca em seus modelos a medida que as discrepancias entre seus modelos e observacoes aumentam. Sua desculpa para a ausencia de aquecimento nos ultimos 17 anos e que o calor esta escondido no oceano profundo. No entanto, isso e simplesmente uma admissao de que os modelos nao conseguem simular as trocas de calor entre as camadas superficiais e os oceanos mais profundos. O Painel Intergovernamental sobre Mudancas Climaticas, que publicou na sexta-feira a primeira parcela de seu ultimo relatorio, e uma organizacao profundamente desacreditada . Apresentando-se como a voz da ciencia sobre esta questao importante, e um grupo de pressao politicamente motivado que traz o bom nome da ciencia em descredito. Seu relatorio anterior, em 2007, era tao grotescamente falho que o principal orgao cientifico dos Estados Unidos, o InterAcademy Council, decidiu que uma investigacao era justificada. O IAC informou devidamente em 2010 e concluiu que havia falhas significativas em cada passo importante do processo de avaliacao do IPCC e que eram necessarias melhorias significativas. Ele tambem criticou o IPCC por alegar ter alta confianca em algumas declaracoes para as quais ha pouca evidencia. Desde entao, pouco parece ter mudado, eo ultimo relatorio e falho como seu antecessor. A ABC QampA, que fornece uma plataforma solo para David Suzuki em 23 de setembro, e a seu credito, convidando questionadores criticos de Suzukis opinioes sobre a mudanca climatica, tecnologia GM e da Grande Barreira de Coral revelou Suzukis completa falta de credibilidade como Um comentarista informado. Assista ao show para ver o primeiro questionador involuntariamente expor Suzukis completa falta de conhecimento dos dados IPCC usados ??para medir a temperatura global. Ele elenco aspersoes sobre la pode ser um ceptico do clima da Universidade do Alabama, quando a proveniencia dos conjuntos de dados foi explicado a ele, aparentemente sem saber seu autor e ex-IPCC principal autor Dr. John Christy. Suzuki nao tentou explicar sua oposicao a tecnologia GM. Update: Media Watch takes the cane to Suzuki As Media Watch host Paul Barry notes when exposing (3.15 minute mark) David Suzukis grasp of even the basic facts of the climate debate Even his supporters must have been disappointed. Barry also notes that Professor Bob Carter had a dream run when interviewed by 2GBs Alan Jones. That may be so, but Barry failed to mention that Suzuki had a dream run on numerous other ABC and Fairfax media outlets during his visit without a challenging question put to him. At least Professor Carter knows what he is talking about whereas as Barry points out, Suzuki does not have a clue. CLIMATE COMMISSION GONE AT LAST Environment minister Greg Hunt has today advised Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery his position and the Commission is redundant. The Climate Change Authority is also to be abolished, while the Clean Energy Finance Corporation has been instructed not to advance any more loans prior to its own demise. The Climate Commission has added no value to the debate on climate change producing a series of alarmist reports much of which have been thoroughly discredited. Sara Phillips from the environment portal of the ABC website is however aggrieved that Commissioner Flannery is out of a job. She says Former Chief Commissioner, Tim Flannery, is Australias Al Gore in that he is the figure most loathed and pilloried by the people who are not convinced of the climate science. Comparing someone to Al Gore is not much of a compliment. Sara is apparently unaware that the reputation of Al Gores popular film An Inconvenient Truth has been trashed by no less than the British High Court. which found the film contained 9 serious errors of fact. The court found these errors so distorting that it ruled the errors must be made known before viewing by children in U. K. schools. Gore and Flannery should have stuck to their knitting because as climate advocates they have got more wrong than they have got right, at great cost to the public and for no benefit to the environment. The same can be said about the Climate Commission and the Climate Change Authority. NEW REPORT CONFIRMS LEAKED IPCC FINDINGS The independent Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) released its Summary for Policymakers of the physical science of climate change in Chicago on September 28th 2013 confirming global temperature is rising at half the rate previously thought by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Leaked reports from the draft IPCC Fifth Assessment Report due for release on September 27th also make the embarrassing concession that the world has been warming since 1951 at only 0.12C per decade, contrary to computer climate model predictions. Most notably, we found the IPCC has exaggerated the amount of warming likely to occur if the concentration of atmospheric CO2 were to double, and such warming as occurs is likely to be modest and cause no net harm to the global environment or to human wellbeing said the former head of the Australian National Climate Centre and chapter author, William Kininmonth. Mr Kininmonth and AEF director Professor Bob Carter were just two of dozens of scientist authors and reviewers who contributed to the report. A full list of contributors and the NIPCC Summary for Policymakers can be read here. AEFs media release can be seen here . The IPCC is due to meet in Stockholm on September 23rd to finalise its Summary of the Fifth Assessment Report. The AEF calls on the Australian government delegation to insist the IPCC recognise the 15-year pause in global temperature rise renders meaningless the claims that human emissions of carbon dioxide will result in catastrophic global warming. GLOBAL WARMING IS JUST HALF OF WHAT WE SAID: LEAKED IPCC REPORT In what amounts to an incredible retreat from previous dire forecasts the IPCC now admits that natural climate variability is significant, the rate and magnitude of climate change is not significant and climate computer models are worthless in predicting future climate change with any accuracy. According to the U. K. Mail on Sunday reporter David Rose on September 14th A leaked copy of the worlds most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong. The Mail on Sunday has obtained the final draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the ultimate watchdog whose massive, six-yearly assessments are accepted by environmentalists, politicians and experts as the gospel of climate science. They are cited worldwide to justify swingeing fossil fuel taxes and subsidies for renewable energy. Yet the leaked report makes the extraordinary concession that the world has been warming at only just over half the rate claimed by the IPCC in its last assessment, published in 2007. Back then, it said that the planet was warming at a rate of 0.2C every decade a figure it claimed was in line with the forecasts made by computer climate models. But the new report says the true figure since 1951 has been only 0.12C per decade a rate far below even the lowest computer prediction. MORE ON THE LEAKED IPCC REPORT: Dialing back the alarm on climate change Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist in the Wall Street Journal on September 13th: I have had a glimpse of the key prediction at the heart of the document. The big news is that, for the first time since these reports started coming out in 1990, the new one dials back the alarm. It states that the temperature rise we can expect as a result of man-made emissions of carbon dioxide is lower than the IPPC thought in 2007. AND MORE FROM PROFESSOR JUDITH CURRY: Prominent U. S. climate scientist, Professor Judith Curry said of the leaked IPCC report. What interests me the most about the AR5 report is how the IPCC is changing its positions and statements relative to the previous AR4 report My main point is this. If there are substantial changes in a conclusion in the AR5 relative to a confident conclusion in the AR4, then the confidence level should not increase and should probably drop, since the science clearly is not settled and is in a state of flux. While there has been a reduction in either the magnitude of the change or in a confidence level in some of the supporting findings, these changes do not seem to have influenced the main conclusion on climate change attribution: It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the increase in global average surface temperature from 1951-2010. The extremely likely represents an increase in confidence from the very likely of the AR4. An increase in confidence in the attribution statement, in view of the recent pause and the lower confidence level in some of the supporting findings in the IPCC draft AR5 report, is incomprehensible to me. AND MORE FROM PROFESSOR BOB CARTER: AEF member Bob Carter is interviewed by Chris Smith on radio 2GB about the leaked IPCC draft AR5 report. As Professor Carter points out that now even the IPCC is finally having to admit that none of their alarmist assertions are actually true. ONE JOURNEY FROM GREENS PARTY SUPPORTER TO CLIMATE SCEPTIC AEF member Jo Nova is interviewed by Topher about her journey from Greens Party supporter and fundraiser to climate sceptic. When challenged to articulate the evidence supporting her then belief in dangerous global warming Jos journey began. This very informative interview highlights the value of empirical evidence over the consensus view. GERMANY SCALING BACK SUBSIDIES FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY Economic reality is trumping green ideology as Germanys electricity prices rise to be the second dearest in Europe. Ecologically and economically viable renewable energy is supported by the majority of people - green pipe dreams that drive populist politics and energy poverty for low-income families cannot be supported. MULLOWAY, NOT CARP, BELONG IN THE MURRAY RIVER ESTUARY The 7.6 km of man-made sea dykes that separate the Southern Ocean from the Murray River to produce an artificial freshwater environment not only harm upstream communities and environments, but produce perverse outcomes locally as demonstrated by Jennifer Marohasy in this article at Online Opinion. HOW ABOUT AN ENERGY DEBATE, GREEN WARTS AND ALL Former CEO of two national energy associations, Keith Orchison AM challenges those supporting large-scale adoption of heavily subsidised renewable energy to at least debate the issue with the facts. Federal ministers Mark Butler (environment) and Gary Gray (resources and energy), announcing the largest solar power station in the southern hemisphere, shared with us the fact that it will need to cover an area four times the size of Sydneys CBD to provide enough electricity for a town the size of Tamworth. Which begs the question, how big a space filled with solar arrays would you need to energise a city the size of Sydney FORECASTS TELL YOU LITTLE ABOUT THE FUTURE amp A LOT ABOUT THE FORECASTER Author of the Age of Global Warming - The History, Rupert Darwall looks at the record of the British Met Office and global warming forecasts in this recent article . The Met Offices record of obstruction and denial should give pause to even the firmest believer in global warming and illustrates the profound incompatibility of state science (which climate science has become) and the real thing. We should listen to the scientists and we should believe them, said Ed Davey, the Climate Secretary, earlier this year. Yet his department has officially sanctioned the anti-scientific practice of withholding data. The climate secretary has denounced sceptics and other non-believers as crackpots an attack conforming to a key feature of what the philosopher Karl Popper defined as pseudoscience. Genuine science invites refutation pseudoscience tries to silence dissent. 400 COMPLAINTS SHUT DOWN 2 WIND TURBINES The Fairhaven, Massachusetts Board of Health voted to shut down the towns two wind turbines each night between 7 p. m. and 7 a. m. after dozens of residents filed more than 400 complaints against the turbines. Testing showed the turbines exceeded state noise regulations and the noise limitations specified in their operating permits. Imagine the concerns some communities would have with wind energy projects that have 50, 100 or 150 operating wind turbines if some of those were inappropriately sited. SCOTLAND NOT HAPPY WITH WIND ENERGY EITHER Much is made of the widespread opposition in Australia to wind energy with critics often falsely claiming there is little community opposition overseas, despite there being well over 500 groups internationally fighting against further expansion of wind energy. Unsurprisingly many of the issues are the same as highlighted by the Scottish Wild Land Group: While the UK and Scottish Governments are spending vast sums of money on their renewable energy strategies, reductions in CO2 emissions have been negligible or entirely absent. ANTI-GM ATTITUDES ARE HARMING THE HUNGRY Environmentalists opposition to GM is akin to green cultural imperialism says Nicolle Flint in an article in The Age . Flints article was in response to a speech from the CEO of GrainCorp Alison Watkins who blasted the emotional response of critics of genetically modified crops, arguing that their use is essential if farm yields are to rise to feed a growing global population. We couldnt agree more. The science and evidence is clear that GM technology is beneficial for the environment and increasing food production. U. K. environmentalist and former anti-GM campaigner Mark Lynas recanted his opposition to GM technology, as did U. S. activist Stewart Brand. Australian environment groups who still cling to outdated ideology and Luddite views on GM technology should join the rest of us in the 21st century. CEFC: MORALLY NEGLIGENT USE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS Illustration: Eric Lobbecke. Source: The Australian The 10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation swung into action on July 1 to invest taxpayer funds in promoting renewable energy and has already committed hundreds of millions of dollars to several projects. Nothing we have seen yet allays our concerns that this is just another mechanism to assist in transferring wealth from electricity consumers to large energy companies for no environmental benefit. Economist Professor Henry Ergas in The Australian highlights those concerns in this article : Good on the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the 10 billion fund established by Labors climate change package. Other government efforts at picking winners end up shafting taxpayers. The CEFC is doing so from the start. THE RATIONALE FOR WIND POWER WONT FLY Dr Jay Lehr looks at wind energy in the United States: The promise that wind and solar power could replace conventional electricity production never really made sense. Its known to everybody in the industry that a wind turbine will generate electricity 30 of the timebut its impossible to predict when that time will be. A true believer might be willing to do without electricity when the wind is not blowing, but most people will not. And so, during the 30 of the time the blades are spinning, conventional power plants are also spinning on low, waiting to operate during the other 70 of the time. Leia mais aqui. GOVTS. CONTINUE TO FAIL COMMUNITIES OVER WIND FARM DEVELOPMENTS This week Hydro Tasmania announced it would proceed with a feasibility study for its proposed 200 turbine wind energy project on King Island. This week also marks two years since the senate inquirys unanimous recommendations for health studies on the impacts of wind turbine operations on communities were handed to the federal government without any progress on any of the recommendations. Some state governments and the federal government continue to put communities at risk by ignoring a comprehensive senate inquiry report from 2011 recommending urgent health and acoustical studies prior to developing more wind energy facilities. Read more . RALLY CALLS FOR RENEWABLES TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY MC for the rally Alan Jones AO Senator Chris Back spoke strongly on the adverse impacts of high cost renewables. A recurring theme at the June 18 Canberra rally against overly generous subsidies for renewable energy under the Renewable Energy Target scheme was for the abolition of taxpayer subsidies. Several speakers at the rally pointed to the inescapable economic fact that multi-national energy companies are receiving billions of dollars in subsidies to produce very expensive electricity that is impacting households and industry. Coalition politicians who spoke at the rally committed to a review of the RET subsidies if elected in September. Across town at the pro-renewable rally organised by GetUp. nobody mentioned the 6.5 billion in subsidies paid over the last decade by Australian households to large energy companies or the energy poverty inflicted on 3.5 million households. RENEWABLE ENERGY SUBSIDIES THE FOCUS OF CANBERRA RALLY FORGET THE RET IDEOLOGY Outspoken Liberal MPs plan to defy publicly the official party line by attending a rally at Parliament House. widening the rift in Coalition ranks over renewable energy targets. Growing community and industry concern over inequitable costs and subsidies will be the centre of attention at a rally in front of Parliament House Canberra on Tuesday June 18th. Dozens of rural communities in four states will be represented at the rally which will have an impressive line-up of speakers. Politicians are only now apparently starting to hear the frustrations of people saddled with steeply rising electricity bills backed up by the calls of business to address uncompetitive power costs. Politicians on all sides have spoken out in support of the MRET largely because they believe the public supports renewable power. But this is the sort of lazy, populist, green-washing exercise that is the enemy of good policy said The Australian in an editorial last year. Wind and sunlight may be free but, as electricity consumers are discovering, the price of harnessing their power is exorbitant given present technology. This is why the call by Labors former chief whip Joel Fitzgibbon for the Gillard government to cut or even abolish the renewable energy target makes sense. Forget the ideology of the renewable energy target said Fitzgibbon. Stop wasting taxpayer funds on feel-good green schemes and spend the money on serious environmental issues. SUPPORT THE RATIONAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS Become an AEF member and make an investment in good environment policy today Download a membership form or donate via the PayPal buttons on the left. NO PROGRESS TO SHOW FOR TEN YEARS OF THE NATIVE FISH STRATEGY Dr Jennifer Marohasy writes at her website of the current Native Fish Strategy: Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on fishways, resnagging, riparian revegetation, not to mention the billions for water buyback, all recommendations of the Native Fish Strategy for the Murray Darling Basin 2003-2013. Those who implemented the program, however, claim no progress, in particular that numbers of Murray cod are still in decline. Much like the management of national parks, it is uncritically assumed that if money and regulation are thrown at environmental challenges the environment will prosper. History and evidence demonstrates otherwise. WASHING MACHINES AS AN AGENT OF CHANGE Washing machines could change the world SOLAR ENERGY NOT SO SUNNY FOR POOR, BUT ENVIRONMENT GROUPS DONT CARE Where is the outrage from social justice campaigners, such as Friends of the Earth, that claim to work for environmental and social justice over the penalising of lower income families that are forced to subsidise rich and middle class households who adopt solar power. Numerous media reports over the last week are highlighting an Energy Supply Association of Australia report which points out the inequities faced by lower income earners that are costing 1billion a year. Not that this is new to the solar industry which has survived on a series of subsidies and handouts supported by electricity consumers and taxpayers. What is amazing is the hypocrisy of groups that allow their ideology for expensive subsidised renewable energy to impose unwanted costs on those who can least afford it. One Victorian environment group that campaigns for solar uptake says Today in Victoria those living in poverty are far more likely to be living in poor quality housing and under risk of utilities stress - i. e. being unable to afford to heat or cool their homes. We agree and continuing to support solar with subsidies to achieve environmental campaign goals at the expense of societys less well-off is immoral. THE HIDDEN COST OF SOLAR POWER AND WHO PAYS Solar panels are costing those without them more than 1 billion a year. New research by the Energy Supply Association of Australia reveals that the one million households with solar panels are avoiding network charges of 340 million a year - and rising. Read more here or read the ESAA paper here. CLIMATE CHANGE GETS THE HEAVE-HO IN THE BUDGET Professor Don Aitken could not find action on climate in the federal budget as he writes at Online Opinion: As has become usual, much of the news in the Budget had already been offered up as teasers and stories over the weekend and Monday, but I hadnt found anything much there about climate change. And the Treasurer didnt say a lot about it. No longer are we hearing glowing accounts of how investing in new technologies will lead to a green-jobs revolution. Read more TASMANIAN FOREST DEAL SELLS OUT PEOPLE amp THE ENVIRONMENT Institute of Foresters Australia member, Mark Poynter examines the recent forest agreement in Tasmania in this article at Quadrant Online. Few in the forestry sector can philosophically endorse an outcome largely forced by orchestrated campaigns of misinformation to intimidate and blackmail markets to an extent that the timber industry, already reeling from an unfavourable business climate, has been forced to allow its critics and enemies to determine the future of its resource base. By agreeing to allow the ENGOs to draw-up the location and extent of new national parks supposedly encompassing high conservation value forests, the industrys negotiators sanctioned an eco-activists nirvana. PRESSURE ON COALITION AS COMPANY PAYS 15,000 FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY The federal coalition faces grassroots pressure to revise its position on the Renewable Energy Target as the cost of the RET and other green schemes force up the cost of electricity. Urangan Fisheries in Queensland is facing an extra 15,000 in charges added to their electricity bill just from the RET and probably up to 50,000 including all green schemes and the carbon tax, director Nicky Schulz said in a letter to the Opposition Leader. Mr Schulzs call for changes to the RET echo statements made by Labors Chief Whip Joel Fitzgibbon recently to the federal government to forget the ideology and cut the RET target to give relief to electricity consumers. NT CROCODILE RECOVERY DEMANDS BETTER MANAGEMENT The ongoing revival of saltwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory demonstrates how management has succeeded and failed on the same issue within the space of four decades. Crocodile numbers were precipitously low in 1971 as a result of poor management of hunting. Now many would argue they are too high as a result of management that has not adapted to a strong recovery. Adjunct professor Grahame Webb argues that widespread culling is not the answer. It does seem though that adaptive management might not be a bad idea. What keeps crocodiles under control Bigger crocodiles Photo: Grahame Webb MUDDIED WATERS DOCUMENTARY HIGHLIGHTS THE FLAWS OF THE MDBA PLAN A 43 minute documentary screened on national television on December 9th 2012 highlights the many flaws of the MDBA plan tabled in parliament recently. The plans wilful avoidance of the effect of the 7.6km of sea-dykes that separate the Southern Ocean from the Lower Lakes precluding a return to the natural estuarine environment is an unforgivable omission. See more here . THE FIVE STAGES OF CLIMATE GRIEF The Kyoto Protocol died in Copenhagen in December 2009. Why, then, are climate change officials, including our own, meeting a third time since then and, instead of finalising burial arrangements, still talking about extending Kyoto to tackle climate change The answer is simple: the international community of climate change officials is going through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance writes Alan Oxley in the Australian Financial Review. Australias financial grief however will continue to compound as we lead the world in pricing carbon dioxide emissions, which continue to rise, while the global temperature stubbornly refuses to do the same. ITS THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT. OR JUST MORE CLIMATE ALARMISM Ben Cubby, environmental reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald ramped up alarmist reporting in this article on the release of a CSIRO report on the latest global greenhouse gas emissions. THE world is on track to see an unrecognisable planet that is between 4 and 6 degrees hotter by the end of this century, according to new data on greenhouse gas emissions. Sarah Clarke from ABC News did the same with several broadcasts on the same subject. Perhaps Clarke has fallen victim to groupthink. unable to report on issues from a balanced perspective Hayden Cooper from the ABC 7.30 Report gets in on the act as well, presenting a six minute report without an alternate view. None of the reports mention falling global temperatures as reported a couple of weeks ago by the U. K. Met Office. None of the reports mention the fifteen year plateauing of global temperatures despite rising greenhouse gas emissions, a fact that directly challenges the alarmist projections being reported on. It is amusing to watch poker-faced Climate Change Minister Combet and Professor Matthew England warning of impending climate disaster from projected rising temperature that conflicts with the observational data on global temperatures. What is not so amusing is that none of the reports seek the views of anyone who may provide a different perspective other than supporting the end of the world alarmism. It is little wonder that community scepticism of alarmist projections and reporting continues to rise faster than global temperatures. CLIMATE COMMISSION SAYS RENEWABLES COULD POWER THE COUNTRY More hyperbole from the Climate Commission in their latest report suggesting the whole economy could be powered by renewables. Attractive as that might be as an idea to some, the statement raises false expectations in many and bears no resemblance to the realities of what we can and cannot achieve with renewables. Look at the present supply and demand in this graph from the National Energy Market. The red line indicates electricity demand, the blue line indicates what is currently supplied by renewables. Anton Lang in a post at Jo Novas website notes how the total demand average is between 22,000 and 28,000MW. Wind power from those 25 new plants generates as much as 650MW (the blue line). Thats 2.6. This is from a total Nameplate Capacity of 2072MW being generated from those 25 Wind Plants which are made up of 985 huge towers. GOVT. TO HELP BANKERS CLIP THE TICKET ON CARBON PRICING And we thought the carbon tax was about the environment. Remember that Back when former Prime Minister Rudd was trying to introduce the ETS, this whole scheme was supposed to be about saving the planet and the environment by taxing carbon dioxide. In a frank statement during a speech to the Business Council of Australia on November 15th, Prime Minister Gillard makes it clear the government is here to help bankers get their share of the action. International carbon markets will cover billions of consumers this decade. Ask the bankers at your table whether they want Australia to clip that ticket. Were going to help them get their share. So thats the work of coming years, thats what preoccupies my thoughts as I think through the agenda for this country. At least the pretense of saving the planet is gone, it is now all about helping bankers clip the carbon tax ticket. Read the full text of the Prime Ministers speech here SUPPORT THE RATIONAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS Become an AEF member and make an investment in good environment policy today Download a membership form or donate via the PayPal buttons on the left. NATIONALS SENATOR BACKS LABORS FITZGIBBON ON ABOLISHING THE RET Nationals senator Ron Boswell has supported the comments made by Government Whip. Joel Fitzgibbon calling for the Renewable Energy Target to be reconsidered. Boswell highlighted an industrial user whose latest electricity bill of 244,000 contained a 32,500 component for the RET and a 45,000 carbon price charge. The National Farmers Federation, Business Council of Australia and the Aust Chamber of Commerce and Industry have also called for the RET to be abolished or substantially modified pointing to a Productivity Commission report which says with a carbon tax in place the RET is redundant. GOVT. WHIP TELLS LABOR TO FORGET RET IDEOLOGY Government Whip Joel Fitzgibbon attacked the Climate Change Authoritiys draft recommendations to leave the Renewable Energy Target largely unchanged, saying the target should be cut to give households relief from rising electricity prices. Mr Fitzgibbons comments echo those of the Aust Chamber of Commerce amp Industry submission to the recent Senate inquiry on electricity prices which said Greenhouse mitigation policies are entirely at the policy discretion of government and are unambiguously designed to make electricity charges higher than they otherwise would be. The Productivity Commission has noted that with an effective emissions trading scheme in place and assuming international action, an explicit target for renewable energy would not only fail to achieve any additional carbon abatement, but would also most likely lead to higher electricity prices. Carbon tax RET Big power bills for no extra benefit. REVIEW OF 2 IMPORTANT BOOKS ON FIRE amp LAND MANAGEMENT AEF member Roger Underwood reviews two recent books that explore the history and practices of fire and land management. Two important books have come my way recently. One, The Biggest Estate on Earth by Bill Gammage, is destined to become a classic in Australian literature, let alone bushfire literature. The other is Burning Issues by Mark Adams and Peter Attiwill, a concise, but comprehensive outline of the science underlying fuel reduction burning in Australia. Alongside Stephen Pynes earlier classic (The Burning Bush), well-read copies of all three of these volumes should be on the bookshelf of every land manager in Australia, and should be compulsory study for undergraduates in all of the natural sciences. 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE A RIPPER Members and speakers from every state and territory except the Northern Territory gathered at Rydges World Square Hotel in the centre of Sydney on Saturday October 20th for the start of the AEF Annual Conference. Lively and informative presentations began with former diplomat and international trade adviser, Alan Oxley who spoke on greens and sustainable development. Read more on the conference. Some conference papers here Dr David Evans addresses the 2012 Conference BURN FOR A BETTER NATURAL BALANCE SAYS HISTORIAN Professor Bill Gammage putting the final touches to a speech to be delivered at the AEF annual conference told Stuart Rintoul of The Australian that the landscape needs to be burned back to a better natural balance for the best environmental outcomes. This subject is covered in detail in his award winning and widely acclaimed book The Biggest Estate on Earth. SUPPORT THE RATIONAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS Become an AEF member and make an investment in good environment policy today Download a membership form or donate via the PayPal buttons on the left. SCARE TACTICS TARNISH SCIENTIFIC DEBATE Campaigners on important but complex issues, annoyed by the leghth of time required for public deliberations, often react by exaggerating their claims, hoping to force a single solution to the forefront of public debate. But however well intentioned, scaring the public into a predetermined solution often backfires: when people eventually realise that they have been misled, they lose confidence and interest says the Skeptical Environmentalist Professor Bjorn Lomborg . OBJECTORS SECURE A FUTURE FOR COAL IN EUROPE Opposition to shale gas exploration in Europe and nuclear energy in Germany has delivered a massive boost to to coal-fired generators with the new German Environment Minister approving 23 new coal power stations. While many point to Germanys success with renewables they overlook the inevitable consequences now becoming apparent. Meanwhile the U. S. wind industry laments the doubts over further tax credits as the unviable energy sector starts job lay-offs. IS IT TRUE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT WIND FARMS Only Australians get sick from wind farms Along with Americans, Canadians. Kiwis, British, Dutch. Communities overseas do not complain An oft repeated claim that is belied by over 500 community groups world-wide opposed to inappropriately sited wind farms. Funny how we dont hear of turbine hosts getting sick Most times you wont either because they are bound by legally binding gag clauses preventing them speaking out, but some have anyway. Gag clauses are denied by wind farm supporters, but confirmed by Slater amp Gordon solicitors. Read what else wind energy companies do not want you to know. IS W. A. BIODIVERSITY DECLINING OR STABLE AEF member Roger Underwood examines the data to determine whether statements of catastrophic decline in W. A. biodiversity align with the facts. HALLETT 3 WIND FARM SUCCUMBS TO COURT ACTION Energy retailer AGL has ended more than three years of community-led litigation over the proposed development of its 180 million Hallett 3 (Mt Bryan) wind farm by shelving its approved plans for the site. AGL received planning approval from the Regional Council of Goyder in 2009, but residents have been opposing it in the Environment, Resources and Development (ERD) Court. Wind turbines and public health This short video updates the issue of adverse health impacts from wind turbine operation. GREENPEACE CO-FOUN