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January 13, 2013

The National Climate Assessment in the US has just released its draft report and it warns that climate change is on course to turn the country into a hotter, drier, and more disaster-prone place. The same could be, and has been said, for Australia, according to the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology. The insurance industry has recognised the reality of climate change and its costs.

PopeDclimate denial.jpg David Pope

The report, which is not due for adoption until 2014, was produced to guide federal, state and city governments in America in making long-term plans.These kind of forewarnings imply that society will need to adapt to a certain level of climate change, rises in sea levels, and more floods and bush fires. The trend over the longer term is undeniable. The world is warming, and Australia is 0.9 of a degree Celsius warmer than it was a century ago.

The http://climatecommission.gov.au/">Climate Commission's recent Report says:

The length, extent and severity of this heatwave are unprecedented in the measurement record. Although Australia has always had heatwaves, hot days and bushfires, climate change has increased the risk of more intense heatwaves and extreme hot days, as well as exacerbated bushfire conditions. Scientists have concluded that climate change is making extreme hot days, heatwaves and bushfire weather worse.

Its time for a boycott of investment in fossil fuel companies

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 4:34 PM | | Comments (10)
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The meaning of the sunburnt country is changing. It's becoming too hot.

How odd ....while so many politicians deny or try to ignore climate change... the Pentagon is planning for the repercussions. Or is the US Defense Department being needlessly alarmist???!?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=us-military-forges-ahead-with-plans-to-combat-climate-change

The science hasn't changed--it has remained basically consistent in their description of cause, risk and the need to respond throughout the 1990s.

It is the public narrative that is the problem.It has been one of resistance. If climate change science is real, Australia should commit to minimal response because our economy relies on cheap energy and coal exports and we are not about to change.

The strong negative pressures against the shift to a low-carbon economy coming from Big Mining and the fossil fuel industry.

There is a growing disconnect between the climate science and the policy to address climate change through greenhouse emission reduction

When it comes to the public perception of climate change its the noisy few who are the problem.

"It means that the very few Australians (around 7 out of 100) who completely deny the reality of climate change falsely believe that their opinion is shared by half the population. Those same few folks also think that only 15% of their compatriots accept the prevailing scientific opinion; namely that humans cause climate change."

From here:
http://www.shapingtomorrowsworld.org/lewandowskyPluralIgno.html

The whole thing is worth a read and a ponder.

Remember people... the biggest threat to our way of life are those evil Muslims...

...or not...

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/01/14/3178521/hot-enough-for-you-yet.html

Climate change, plus inefficient use of available resources and suppression of real data, is what I got from the SBS doco on the crisis in the US food production and processing sector.
What a world the Koch brothers and Murdoch types are leaving for the next generation.Its not like we didn't want to move forward,from the 1980's, but too many people running things, appealing to too many people too lazy to think things out, conspired to deliberately retain a vile system for base reasons they themselves would lack the mentality to understand.

We just need more solar powered ice machines.

The World Bank’s Turn Down the Heat report warns of the consequences of global temperatures rising by an average of four degrees Celcius by the end of this century.