Category: Climate

Initial Reactions to the Carbon Tax: A First Step, but Improvement Needed

The carbon price package announced today is Australia’s first step in transitioning away from its current fossil fuel economy toward the renewable energy one we need to get to as soon as possible. There are significant improvements on Labor’s original Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). But of course it’s far from perfect and it’s far …

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Roundup of Carbon Tax Leaks

On Monday it was announced that the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s negotiations were sufficiently advanced for the full policy to be announced at noon tomorrow, followed by a Prime Ministerial broadcast at 6:30 PM. The MPCCC has reached agreement, and independent Andrew Wilkie (who is not on the committee) has indicated he will support the …

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Overview of My Opinions on the Carbon Tax

The topic of the Australian carbon tax is so big it’s hard to know where to begin covering it. Every aspect is inter-related to every other aspect. So here is a quick overview of my opinions and a list of possible topics I may cover in the near future. The atmospheric level of CO2 must …

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What We Know About the Carbon Tax

This is just a quick post recapping the background of the carbon tax debate I will be commenting on. 2011 is probably our best hope of getting meaningful action from the Australian Government on climate change. Four months ago it announced its new carbon price policy framework. It’s a framework because the policy is in …

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A Change of Direction

With two days to the middle of the year, I’ve decided it’s time to reassess what I want to do with this blog. I started out, about eighteen months ago, writing posts debunking the arguments of global warming contrarians (you can find all those old posts here). However, in the past year I have transferred …

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Christy Crock: Do the observations match the models?

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science. At the recent US House of Representatives Committee on Science Space and Technology climate hearing, the Republicans called Dr. John Christy as an expert witness testifying against the global warming consensus. Unfortunately, Christy spent his time repeating a long list of climate myths, including the common contrarian refrain …

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Zero Carbon Australia: We can do it

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science. My recent post about long-term CO2 targets was rather doom-and-gloom: I concluded that we must phase out fossil fuels to keep the climate in the range that humans have experienced. The good news is that action on this scale is not only possible but surprisingly feasible. Last year, …

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Climate Emergency: Time to Slam on the Brakes

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as a basic rebuttal of the argument “It’s not urgent”. Global warming is an increasingly urgent problem. The urgency isn’t obvious because a large amount of warming is being delayed. But some of the latest research says if we want to keep the Earth’s climate within the range …

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A basic overview of melting ice around the globe

I wrote this post for Skeptical Science as a basic rebuttal of the argument “Ice isn’t melting”. Contrary to contrarian claims, ice is melting at accelerating rates in the Arctic, Antarctica, Greenland, and glaciers all over the world. Arctic sea ice has shrunk by an area equal to Western Australia, and could be all gone …

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2010: A Year of Record Warmth and Weird Weather

Last year’s global temperatures are in, and the result is that 2010 is statistically tied with 2005 for the title of the warmest year since records began in 1880. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climatic Data Center (NOAA NCDC), the global temperature for both years was 0.62°C above the 20th-century …

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