Monday 27th of January 2020

seriously serious...

seriously  In the aftermath of these disasters, politicians often talk about how you can’t put one event down to climate change. But the fires that are still burning across NSW and Queensland have brought this link into sharp focus.

As the temperature has increased, so has the ability of scientists to determine whether specific events are linked to climate change. They can now model how likely a specific event would be to occur under historical conditions, compared to the record temperatures we’re experiencing.

But it takes time to do these sums. While recently completed modelling shows that the extreme heat that played a role in Queensland’s 2018 fires was made more likely by climate change, we won’t know exactly how much impact it has had on the current fires until that modelling is done for them.

But when asked to speak about the current fires Professor Ross Bradstock, the Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires at the University of Wollongong, didn’t mince words.

“We are now in uncharted territory, we’ve gone over the 1 million-hectare mark, and for the forests and woodlands in the eastern half of the state this is unprecedented,” he said.

“It exceeds major fire seasons such as Christmas 2001, January 1994. We are approaching other significant fire seasons such as the alpine fires in 2003 in Victoria, and again in 2006 which were massive blazes.

“The most concerning thing to emphasise is it’s not over, we are not even into summer yet.”

Professor Bradstock says these fires are a warning light that fits with the scenario predicted by climate modellers.

“We’re in a transition from talking over the horizon about climate models telling us about a hypothetical future, to actually experiencing changes that are consistent with some of those projections.”

This all sounds pretty full-on, but life goes on doesn’t it? Even as we rally around bushfire victims and drought-stricken farmers, the country gears up for the Christmas break; the world has not ended. But what we’ve experienced is just the beginning of how climate change will hurt us.

To see how, let’s look to the future...

 

See more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-06/how-climate-change-has-impacted-y...

global hotting...

 

One of the arguments often put forward against the concept of "climate change" by the climate change denialists is that there is an "industry" designed to profit for pushing the concept, whether the concept is right or wrong... See:


http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/9568

 

Sydney city seen from less than TWO kilometres away (at Cleveland Street) yesterday:

 

city

 

May 2005: http://yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/1048

 

Gus Leonisky — on the case since 1979.

 

Read also: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

creative accounting in stupidity...

The federal government has released new data that suggests the Morrison government is on track to meet the emissions reduction target it set at the Paris climate conference, but only by including an accounting loophole.

The emissions projections report suggests Australia will better its 2030 emissions target, a 26%-28% cut below 2005 levels, by 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Emissions are expected to be about 16% lower than 2005 by 2030 but the government plans to use controversial “carryover credits” from the Kyoto protocol.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/07/coalition-claims-it-...

 

So what is planned after 2030? BUGGER ALL ! NOTHING ! NADA! ZIP !  This is called stupidity, hypocritical dumb-ass accounting from deceitful idiots in nappies. So, thanks to the CARBON TAX which was not a tax but a price on carbon that reduced Aussie CO2 emissions under Gillard, this government of ningnong-scumologists are going to get credits for GROWING Australian CO2 emissions !!! How good is that???? Loonies !...

 

 

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we've been on the case since 1979 and we're still fighting...

After more than a year of school strikes, climate marches and high-profile speeches, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg told supporters that her movement hasn’t achieved any actual change and she doesn’t want to continue.

“We are getting bigger and bigger and our voices are being heard more and more, but of course that does not translate into political action,” Thunberg told activists in Madrid on Friday. The 16-year-old activist arrived in the Spanish capital earlier in the day to attend a UN climate summit.

 

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/475244-greta-thunberg-madrid-achieved-nothing/

 

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Don't give up... It's a long long fight that will soon turn around... Victory (vindication) will be yours...

 

See:

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

the co2 equation...

Australia's bushfires have been so devastating, the country's forests may not be able to reabsorb the toxic carbon dioxide produced by the blazes, climate scientists say.

Key points:
  • At least 2.7 million hectares of NSW land, including "exceptionally carbon-dense" forests, have been burnt this bushfire season
  • Drought and intense blazes have disrupted vegetation's bushfire recovery process
  • It is feared Australian forests could become "carbon sources rather than carbon sinks"

 

Bushfires are normally considered to be "carbon neutral" because, unlike fossil fuels, their emissions output is reabsorbed when the vegetation in fire-affected areas regrows.

However, experts fear the sheer scale and intensity of this year's unprecedented fires, coupled with worsening drought conditions, has disrupted this recovery process.

David Bowman, a professor of environmental change biology at the University of Tasmania, has been worried about this "nightmare scenario" for a decade.

"In a stable climate it's like a bank account, where a fire comes along and burns some forest and releases carbon," he said.

"When the forestry regrows it's like putting money back into your account. Over the years, your bank balance account is about the same."

He said intense fires were like "huge transactions", but the "high mortality rate" of NSW and Queensland forests meant they were not taking back the carbon being withdrawn.

The blazes, he said, had been so savage that even the famously resilient dry sclerophyll and eucalyptus forests were not likely to regenerate effectively.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-12/nsw-qld-bushfires-could-increase-...

 

 

Meanwhile:

 

Australia’s plan to use an accounting loophole to meet its commitment under the Paris climate agreement has no legal basis and suggests it has reneged on a pledge to make deeper emissions cuts once a global deal was reached, a new report says.

An analysis by Climate Analytics, a Berlin-based science and policy institute, found there were no grounds for Australia to claim credit towards its Paris emissions target for having beaten targets under its predecessor, the Kyoto protocol.

It found the two agreements were separate treaties and should not be treated as a continuation of one agreement.

 

Read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/12/australias-use-of-ac...

 

 

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