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An item at about 7.10am this morning by BBC Radio 4 discussed the group called Australian Religious Response to Climate Change, which is backing Julia Gillard's Co2 tax. Two dissenting religious voices were briefly heard, including sceptic Cardinal Pell, but the overall tone was apocalyptic:

eg Australia has particular vulnerability to CC; despite an avalanche of scientific data proving disaster is approaching there are some sceptics; the potential dangers such as floods, sea level rises and fires are increasing ; there will be a huge impact, Oz is in a dire position; Oz is the greatest polluter; CC- is it the greatest moral challenge of our times? and [let us not forget] Tuvalu will disappear.

Aug 21, 2011 at 8:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterMessenger


Aug 20, 2011 at 10:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Walsh

This document Manipulation of Science is a must-read, coming as it does from an eminent scientist in SA in the lead-up to the UNFCCC conference to be held in Durban starting at the end of November

A very serious situation has arisen between the developed and developing nations. It is essential that it be resolved before or during the UNFCCC conference to be held in Durban
starting at the end of November.

As with any conflict, the causes have to be sought before the problem can be solved. As demonstrated in this report the problem is the manipulation of science initiated and funded by the developed nations accompanied by deliberate suppression of all contrarian research.

The developed nations are now in serious difficulty of their own making. They will soon face the anger of their own citizens when it becomes known that the costly emissions control measures and taxes are ased on deliberately manipulated science, and that the rest of the world is unlikely to follow their suicidal example.

In this report I demonstrate that the activities of the Stern Review established by the G8 nations, initiated the manipulation of science that was later to become common practice. I also provide evidence of the deliberate suppression of the conclusive evidence that natural climate change resulting from variations in received solar energy and its redistribution by the global oceanic and atmospheric processes far outweighs any human-related activities.

You would hope, in his own country, that Prof. Alexander would be able to get good pubicity for his views.

Scientists could play an important role by demonstrating the false basis of climate change theory and so removing it from the international agenda. This will require considerable courage by the believers. But there should be no doubt regarding the consequence to themselves, their institutions and national interests if they continue on their present path.

I recommend that South Africa should take the lead by informing the Durban conference that South Africa intends appointing a high level, independent, multidisciplinary Commission of Enquiry that will operate on the basis recommended by the Budapest Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific knowledge. I believe that many nations will accept this proposal with relief.

I see no other solution to this very difficult problem.

Aug 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu

Putting the ash clouds into perspective

Aug 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterAJC

No prior explanation such as holidays.

Squarspace is a pain to post on iPhone!

Aug 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Stuck-record, maybe related Paul Hudsons blog not accepting comments since Aug 9th. Jolting explanation such as holidays.

Aug 19, 2011 at 11:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

If anyone has Andrew Neil's email they should let him know about this:

Highlighted here:

Science Media centre having a go at the one neutral BBC presenter. Obviously one is one too many.

"...For instance, the BBC TV programme 'The Daily Politics' recently allowed one 'sceptic' to assert, unchallenged, that "pensioners will literally die" as result of the UK’s climate change policies..."

Aug 19, 2011 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-record

Happy days for NASA who now know the projected ice flow for the Antarctic

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica. The map, which shows glaciers flowing thousands of miles from the continent's deep interior to its coast, will be critical for tracking future sea-level increases from climate change. The team created the map using integrated radar observations from a consortium of international satellites.

"This is like seeing a map of all the oceans' currents for the first time. It's a game changer for glaciology," said Eric Rignot of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and the University of California (UC), Irvine. Rignot is lead author of a paper about the ice flow published online Thursday in Science Express. "We are seeing amazing flows from the heart of the continent that had never been described before."

Rignot and UC Irvine scientists Jeremie Mouginot and Bernd Scheuchl used billions of data points captured by European, Japanese and Canadian satellites to weed out cloud cover, solar glare and land features masking the glaciers. With the aid of NASA technology, the team painstakingly pieced together the shape and velocity of glacial formations, including the previously uncharted East Antarctica, which comprises 77 percent of the continent.

Like viewers of a completed jigsaw puzzle, the scientists were surprised when they stood back and took in the full picture. They discovered a new ridge splitting the 5.4 million-square-mile (14 million-
square-kilometer) landmass from east to west.

Aug 19, 2011 at 8:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Walsh

"Management learned how to bring the most senior climate scientist under their control. It was OK to think independently…as long as Management approved of it.

We were given very strict, VERY strict guidelines on not publishing anything or publicly discussing any research that could be seen as critical to Government policy.If we did not do it, we would be subject to dismissal.

We had now become a Government Enterprise. We were told by the Chairperson that we Scientists no longer worked for Australia, we had to learn that we worked for the CSIRO."

Listen to the whole address (about 12:17 m). The bit quoted above comes about 08:20 in.

This SO agrees with my own experience: a family member is a senior scientist for the CSIRO and I had always respected his scientific views ... until I asked him to comment on climate science when all his rational thought went out the window and he towed the government line losing all my respect in the process.

Aug 19, 2011 at 7:05 AM | Unregistered Commentermatthu
Here's the latest NASA scare story
Must be climate comedy of the week

Aug 18, 2011 at 11:37 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

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