Wednesday 23rd of January 2019

still rowing furiously...

sciences vs beliefs and propaganda...

Hobart city recorded more than 100 millimetres of rain in a single day for the first time ever in May — doubling the previous record. 

It is understood to be only the fifth time since 1893 that the city has recorded more than 100mm in a day in any month with the State Emergency Service describing it as "an extreme weather event".

Hobart resident Monte Bovill said the streets of the city were like rivers.

"Macquarie Street, which is the main street in Hobart, had probably two dozen cars just lying there on the road, that had been swept down," he said.


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"freezing" in sydney...

The snowfields have had their first significant blanket of snow and Sydney is finally getting its first blast of winter, as a powerful and complex low-pressure system barrels in from the south-west on Thursday afternoon.

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It's 14 and that's about it today with a chilly wind... 

meanwhile, quietly dumping CO2 on the planet...

You can't manage what you don't measure. The adage is especially relevant for climate-warming greenhouse gases, which are crucial to manage—and challenging to measure. In recent years, though, satellite and aircraft instruments have begun monitoring carbon dioxide and methane remotely, and NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10-million-a-year research line, has helped stitch together observations of sources and sinks into high-resolution models of the planet's flows of carbon. Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS, Science has learned.

The move jeopardizes plans to verify the national emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate accords, says Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy in Medford, Massachusetts. "If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the agreement," she says. Canceling the CMS "is a grave mistake," she adds.

The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA's earth science budget, including the CMS, and cancellations of climate missions such as the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3 (OCO-3). Although Congress fended off the budget and mission cuts, a spending deal signed in March made no mention of the CMS. That allowed the administration's move to take effect, says Steve Cole, a NASA spokesperson in Washington, D.C. Cole says existing grants will be allowed to finish up, but no new research will be supported.


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as trumble fiddles with prices...

Activist groups are intensifying efforts to persuade Australia’s states and territories to demand the 26% emissions reduction target in the national energy guarantee be ramped up, with new analysis suggesting jobs in renewable energy will be lost.

A new projection from Green Energy Markets, funded by GetUp, says up to 15,000 jobs in large scale renewables projects in Queensland and Victoria are at risk unless the Neg’s emissions reduction targets are increased.

The intervention follows confirmation that the Neg will only deliver additional emissions reduction of 38 million tonnes between 2020-21 to 2029-30 relative to a scenario without the guarantee – an admission by the Energy Security Board that confirms previous analysis that the scheme adds little to abatement efforts already underway.


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And "suddenly"....:

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