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U.S. JOURNO REPORTS ON LATEST HEARTLAND INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE CONFERENCE
Policy

Posted 27 March 2017

U.S. journalist Andy May comments at WattsUpWithThat on last week's International Conference on Climate Change staged in Washington DC by the Heartland Institute: " This was my first climate change conference and I had a great time. So, here is a quick note sharing my most memorable takeaways from the conference. Most of the comments below are paraphrased, but if they are exact quotes, I've put them in quotation marks. To hear the full talk by any of the speakers go to the Heartland.Org site here.

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AMERICA SET TO WITHDRAW FROM PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
Policy

Posted 13 March 2017

Christopher C Horner, of the Competitive Enterprise Institute writes in the Washington Times:  "President Trump also promised to roll Barack Obama's controversial and harmful climate agenda back, yet the Paris agreement signed in September 2016 just before the presidential election, is the capstone of that agenda, committing us to keep the agenda in place, and forever tighten it. Rescinding the policies, but promising to continue them are irreconcilable. Such baby-splitting would create not just a glaring policy conflict in the Trump White House, but would have lasting repercussions. The pro-Paris camp seems unaware that the agreement promised much more than the Obama climate rules that Mr Trump is rescinding." 

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G-20 POISED TO SIGNAL RETREAT FROM CLIMATE-CHANGE FUNDING PLEDGES
Policy

Posted 13 March 2017

 Bloombergquint.com reports: " Finance Ministers for the U.S., China, Germany and other members of the Group of 20 economies may scale back a robust pledge for their governments to combat climate change, ceding efforts to the private sector. Citing 'scarce public resources', the Ministers said they would encourage multilateral development banks to raise private funds to accomplish goals set under the Paris 20-15 climate accord, according to a preliminary statement drafted for a meeting that will be held in Germany next week."  Watch this space!

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EXPERT WARNS NZ AGAINST WASTING RESOURCES ON CO2 EMISSIONS REDUCTION
Science

Posted 12 March 2017

 "New Zealand shouldn't waste billions on carbon reduction to no good effect, says a retired University of Cambridge physicist and electrical engineer. Taranaki-born Emeritus Prince Philip Professor of technology Michael Kelly says a Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) report on ways to decarbonise the economy lacks any serious cost-benefit analysis or set of priorities. The report, Emissions Reduction Pathways,makes 47 recommendations.But Professor Kelly says they won’t help the minister for the environment, whose first question would be: What is the biggest bang for my buck? "  Interviewed by National Business Review, Professor Kelly slams claims by RSNZ authors.

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SEA LEVEL AND THE CARBONATE SAND FACTORY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Science

Posted 12 March 2017

"Stable parts of the South Australia coast show that the last interglacial sea level was 2m higher than present, but elsewhere there has been relative subsidence up to 7m and uplift of 18 m. Estimates of changing sea level, and future projections, should state the time period involved and the tectonic background to be of any use. The coast contains ‘carbonate sand factories’ where organisms produce vast amounts of sand by fixing carbon dioxide as carbonates. Far from dissolving carbonate by acidification, carbon dioxide is an essential part of carbonate production and the continued maintenance and growth of coasts and reefs. Government policies to adapt renewable energy are unlikely to affect the system."  A new paper by Professor Cliff Ollier, of Australia.

 

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WHAT NAVIGATOR CAPTAIN JAMES COOK MIGHT HAVE SAID 240 YEARS AGO
Science

Posted 12 February 2017

What famed Pacific navigator, Captain James Cook, might have said after comparing the readings of his scientists in 1977, with what New Zealand Government scientists are saying about "global warming" in 2016: "It's not thirty years, lads; your temperature recordings match mine from nearly two-n-'alf centuries back; the temperature of the Tasman Sea was 15.5C in 1777, right same as now. I don't know what thee are panickin' and scare-mongering for, clearly ye's don't 'ave enough to do. Come with me, I'll send thee to a hill for climbing, maybe that will ease ye's silly panic over the non-existent."

 

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