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Massive extinctions warned about by academics over the last decade seem set to start within the next. Updated science since the diplomatically framed IPCC reports of this year and last indicate that the planet has already begun processes that are almost too grand to halt, let alone reverse.
The escalating scale of human emissions could not have come at a worse time, as scientists have discovered that the Earth’s forests and oceans could be losing their ability to soak up carbon pollution. Most climate projections assume that about half of all carbon emissions are reabsorbed in these natural sinks.
Computer models predict that this effect will weaken as the world warms, and a string of recent studies suggests this is happening already.
The Southern Ocean’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide has weakened by about 15% a decade since 1981, while in the North Atlantic, scientists at the University of East Anglia also found a dramatic decline in the CO2 sink between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s.
A separate study published this year showed the ability of forests to soak up anthropogenic carbon dioxide – that caused by human activity – was weakening, because the changing length of the seasons alters the time when trees switch from being a sink of carbon to a source.
Soils could also be giving up their carbon stores: evidence emerged in 2005 that a vast expanse of western Siberia was undergoing an unprecedented thaw.
The region, the largest frozen peat bog in the world, had begun to melt for the first time since it formed 11,000 years ago. Scientists believe the bog could begin to release billions of tonnes of methane locked up in the soils, a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. The World Meteorological Organisation recently reported the largest annual rise of methane levels in the atmosphere for a decade.
Which means you can take your 5% carbon reduction and your 2 degrees of manageable warming and stick them up your arse. We’re headed to a place that will make Children of Men look like comedy.
I was buying a large bag of Eukanuba (Dog food) at Coles and standing in line at the check out. A woman behind me asked if I had a dog.
On impulse, I told her that no, I was starting The Eukanuba Diet again, although I probably shouldn’t because I’d ended up in the hospital last time, but that I’d lost 22 kilos before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IV’s in both arms.
I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pockets with Eukanuba nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry & that the food is nutritionally complete so I was going to try it again.
I have to mention here that practically everyone in the line was by now enthralled with my story, particularly a guy who was behind her. Horrified, she asked if I’d ended up in the hospital in that condition because I had been poisoned.
I told her no; it was because I’d been sitting in the street licking my balls and a car hit me.
I thought one guy was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard as he staggered out the door.
Stupid cow…why else would I buy dog food??
i got this email from a friend and thought it was too hysterical not to share.
ABC reports that the Commonwealth Bank through its investment arm Colonial First State has just become a major shareholder in Gunns. With twenty million shares – or 5% of the company – their investment must be in excess of $50 million.
This means that Commonwealth Bank and Colonial First State will now be on the “fair target” list of investment houses – alongside ANZ and Perpetual Investment – for those wishing to oppose the pulp mill. It is likely that pressure through logic and economic rationale shall be the m.o. rather than straight boycotts.
An interesting example of protesters getting it wrong on economics and big evil companies getting it right is the Barrick open cut cyanide leech gold mining operation at Lake Cowal in the south-west of New South Wales. Although protesters are right about the New South Wales government selling out public interest, water supplies, farmers, and the environment for a handful of dollars they were wrong about the value of the project to the Canadian miner.
At the peak of the protest, gold was valued at around $US380 an ounce. It is of course heading toward $900 an ounce, which adds about 150% to the potential value of the project.
Of course, this doesn’t change anything. Barrick are still super-evil money-grabbing motherf@#%er$. The point is that protesters attacking Gunns on an economic tangent better use the kind of foresight that they are demanding from Gunns and the federal and state governments or they will actually weaken their own case – not just the economic argument, but the mill opposition in its entirety.
Chris Lang has detailed the global outlook for the expansion of pulp production over the next 5 – 10 years. Obviously, the fact that a lot of this is taking place in developing countries will put downward pressure on the price companies in developed countries – with environmental laws, however inadequate – can put on their ‘product’.
It has also been speculated that a glut of supply shall also push prices down, and that the volatility in the global pulp market makes it more a venue for buyers than sellers.
So with all of these “downward pressures” anticipated by anti-mill activists, why are big investment houses and banks now flocking to Gunns like flies to a turd? Anybody?
The Australian Christian Democratic Party (aka Senile Racist Homophobes for Jesus) have used this special day – the 6th anniversary of the World Trade Centre Attacks (as well as all other human tragedies associated with power imblances and this particular date) – to call for an all-out War on “Islamism”.
Their fundamental (deliberate choice of word, btw) concept of “Islamism” is that it’s a state of complete rejection of all non-Islamic values and beliefs – which does of course mean that it’s a murderous, woman-bashing, clitoris-removing, suicide-bombing, child-killing, murdering-of-the-innocents, defilement-of-God, racist, intolerant, baby-raping, self-aggrandizing and hateful way to live.
If this particularly offends you, you might want to email them via firstname.lastname@example.org or even phone them on (61 – 2) 9144 4568. There’s already been one bomb scare today, so maybe something less playful – like a direct spray of reasoned contempt – would be more appropriate.
The whole release follows. It’s almost too painfully fucktarded to ridicule in detail. Suffice to say, Reverend Fred Bile and his holy sidekick Pastor Paul Green think they’re being clever by calling for war on a faith held by around one-third of the world’s population because these are the ‘weapons’ they’re advocating: Read the rest of this entry »
Globally or locally, LAST CHANCE: Take 5 to personally oppose the annual pulping of 4 million tonnes of Tasmanian old growth. DO IT!!
YES!!! It’s been a bit of a wait, but public interest web warriors GetUp! have waded into the fight for common sense. If the governments in Canberra and Tasmania still choose not to hear the public or the experts, at least we’ll know it isn’t from lack of being shouted at.
The Minister will most likely close any opportunity for comment or submission on Friday August 31, so get in now.
Either head via the GetUp! link or the link to the Department of Environment. It may not be possible at this late stage, but a groundswell of mainland and international opinion might force some of the more influential jokers to think a bit longer and harder before committing Tasmania to a toxic clearfelled nightmare. Worse than what’s being done already, that is.
Although they will likely close soon, there are currently 2 polls being taken in relation to the Gunns Pulp Mill In Waiting.
The Age in Melbourne is asking whether the mill decision will affect the way people vote. At the moment, 85% of people say ‘yes’. And there is a great article on this page by Sue Neales in Tasmania’s leading paper -the poll on this same page is asking a largely Tasmanian audience whether the mill should go ahead. Incredibly at this point, 4 090 votes say ‘no’, while 31 say ‘yes’. Seriously – 4 090 to 31.
Felicity Ogilvie has written up the story. Essentially, Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Environment Minister, is ready to sign off on Gunns pulp mill. Even though representatives of his department have stated in Federal Court that they have concerns about the mixture of toxins which Gunns will pour into Bass Strait, he has made them his scapegoat. When it all goes to Hell, as it will, Turnbull will be able to turn around and say that he only did what his department recommended.
The little bit of “oh look how transparent and participative our system is” will now come in the form of the conditional approval being open for public comment for 10 days. I think that when the conditional approval is referring to “wildlife corridors” being left for endangered species, it is obviously a plan for death incarnate.
In nature, a wildlife corridor is something that can occur within an ecosystem. Animals of particular species develop favoured runs between, for example, breeding and feeding grounds. Destroying natural infrastructure and leaving a strip of trees which the animal has to essentially stick to or die is not a wildlife corridor. It’s an extinction plan.
The reality of Global Warming has just kicked up several notches, making the Australian posture of ambient sabotage increasingly untenable.
In the last couple of days, the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have analysed and presented alarming data recorded from space.
The sea ice area in the Arctic Ocean generally is at its smallest in mid-September, due to the region’s summer. However, since July each day’s coverage has been the lowest on record for that date. Furthermore the all-time record low, originally reached in September of 2005, was surpassed on August 15 and has been broken each day since.
Comparing the new data with forecasts made by the Kyoto consensus, JAMSTEC and JAXA scientists stated that “the sea ice area reduction pace may significantly exceed the IPCC forecast, and it may actually reach the forecasted values for 2040 to 2050”.
Ted Scambos, a glaciologist with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Centre, made two key observations regarding the data.
“It appears we’re on pace about 30 years earlier than expected to reach a state where we don’t have sea ice or at least not very much in late summer in the Arctic Ocean,” he said.
“Without that Arctic ice, or with much less of it, the Earth will warm much faster.” Read the rest of this entry »
Just got sent these by a mate. Guessing the original was written by a British male backpacking in Australia while reconciling self with homophobic tendencies BUT is still pretty damned funny. Please feel free to use in a sentence or leave your own. My own word for the week is Calenged (adj): dysfunctional relationship with calendar, may extend to diaries and clocks.
New Words for 2007
SALAD DODGER: An overweight person.
BLAMESTORMING: Sitting round in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a
Project failed, and who was responsible.
SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What yuppies turn
into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids or start a “home business”. Read the rest of this entry »
This vid is essential for some Monday perspective or for anyone with an opposable thumb fetish.
if you also muchly enjoyed this, check out the creator’s site at ernestcline.com. The navigation is nothing to sing about, but the content is great.
Turns out that George had to be sedated for a colon cancer exam (what year did General Sphincter cross into Delaware? When did Major Asshole take the Presidency? etc.) and while he’s sedated, power is officially passed to Cheney.
Read those last 6 words again – any sentence which ends in those words and does not involve an electric chair or a car battery is a baaad sentence.
It may well be that John Howard has had his face buried between George’s butt cheeks over the last 6 years for entirely different reasons than we assumed (you know – desperation). Renowned for talking nuclear shit, little Johnny may well have been dosing Dubya’s cornhole with sufficient gamma radiation to bring about another overthrow in the US. While the real fake president is sedated as brain surgery is conducted on his glowing green ass, Halliburton will finally officially incorporate the White House – most likely as a tax loss or swap for oil.
All the quality time Johnny spent with Dick in Sydney may have been over something far more sinister than two short bald men with bad eyesight having a beer in plain view.
Colon may yet see Bush swept aside by the rise of Dick.
Highly recommended by a number of prominent authors and enviro-politic commentators, High & Dry by Guy Pearse looks excellent. It’s just been released with enough time still to go before the election that even slow-reading Aussies might have a clue that Howard is Greenhouse Gollum when the next moment of democratic underwhelm rolls by.
Check out the website via the linked pic below. Features are excellent – extracts from the book, a ‘blog’ of sorts from the author, and updated stats and facts of the day. Nice to see that Alan Oxley, recently defecated upon here as a neocon propagandist and fake expert for hire (see the socio-economic report on the benefits of Gunns proposed pulp mill) has been named as number 2 batsman for the PM’s real XI.
Some handy ‘stats of the day’ from the High & Dry www
70 000 000 cars: By 2050, the Howard government’s own internal projections are that its policy will increase emissions by 70% – the equivalent of adding over 70 million cars to our roads.
11 times: Even factoring in his latest funding announcements John Howard is spending 11 times as much on the war in Iraq as he is on climate change adaptation programs.
81%: Of the funds allocated so far under the Howard government’s flagship greenhouse program (The Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund) 81 per cent has gone to subsidise fossil fuel companies
1 000 000 cars: We could take a million cars off the roads tomorrow and the emissions saved would be wiped out by just one new aluminium smelter.
Will hopefully have the book read and reviewed here within the fortnight. If any readers out there have already had the good fortune to read Pearse’s book, please send me your own ‘review’ through the comments section or email and it will be posted here shortly.
The interviewer does very well – the lack of sucking-up throws him right outside his comfort zone and he has a hard time getting through his freeze-dried answers. Almost looks like he’s going to clock her just before he starts repeating his phrases. It would have been nice to see how quickly he would have fallen apart if he had to justify executions and torture signed off on by himself as an adjunct to his touching little Iraqis-with-amputated-hands anecdote.
Very revealing interview, apparently conducted around November 2006.
Q. How many Liberals does it take to change a light bulb?
A. None, stupid – the free market will fix it.
Actually, the Free Market is more likely to work out how to turn a profit from the solution – you’ll need to hire a light bulb consultant, convene a bulb-changing committee, install interim lighting until a permanent solution has been approved, etc.
How unsurprising then that the Church of the Free Market’s solution to Climate Change, as finally being extolled by Australia’s parliamentary altar boys, is Carbon Trading. Read the rest of this entry »
“This is seriously wrong. The population is being poisoned. I have refused to drink the water in Tasmania and so should all Tasmanians.”
“How much more Third World can Australia be than to allow this toxic substance into the air, the water and the food chain?”
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