Friday, May 27, 2011

A Duck, A Weave And A Bob Each Way

ON the Index page of the Climate Commission’s report, “The Critical Decade” you will find this disclaimer:

…While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the material contained in this document, the Commonwealth of Australia and all persons acting for the Commonwealth preparing this report accept no liability for the accuracy of or inferences from the material contained in this publication, or for any action as a result of any person’s or group’s interpretations, deductions, conclusions or actions in relying on this material.

By page 60, the final page of text before the footnotes, the certainty of settled scientist and report author Will Steffen has re-asserted itself:

As you’ve read in this report, we know beyond reasonable doubt that the world is warming and that human emissions of greenhouse gases are the primary cause. The impacts of climate change are already being felt in Australia and around the world with less than 1 degree of warming globally. The risks of future climate change – to our economy, society and environment – are serious, and grow rapidly with each degree of further temperature rise. Minimising these risks requires rapid, deep and ongoing reductions to global greenhouse gas emissions. We must begin now if we are to decarbonise our economy and move to clean energy sources by 2050. This decade is the critical decade.


  1. Forget about climate change in the future what about adverse economic change being experienced right now - what about the certain risk to the economy and society of a weak federal govt, high Australian dollar, tax breaks for foreign businesses (ie tax break for foreign imports under $1k), increasing electricity prices, uncertainty of carbon get the drift. There will be no economy left to put a carbon tax on as the unelected economic engineers at the RBA kill the domestic economy in favour of the chimera-like resources boom...due next year...promise, cross my fingers blah blah blah

  2. PhillipGeorge(c)2011May 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    Brevity Prof: with improved Water Use Efficiency of all C3 carbon fixation plants [95% of plant life] dam water catchments will act more efficiently as soil saturation durations are extended, river systems likewise shall benefit accordingly. Crop yields improving and plant survivability improvements in marginal rainfall areas anticipates shrinking to the boundaries of deserts.

    There is no such thing as a Green House Gas. Green houses warm faster than outside ambient air because there is a physical barrier to prevent thermal expansion and convective heat dissipation. While CO^2 adds to spectral opacity and may decrease thermal inertia the differential is anticipated to be undetectable, and not affective over absolute temperatures.

    In my humble opinion rising CO^2 levels is truly good news; profoundly good news. May the next epiphany be your own.

  3. One can only hope that disclaimer will appear on the new TV ads starring Blanchett. I mean, the government wouldn't want to mislead anyone, would they.