Just 90 companies are to blame for most climate change, this 'carbon accountant' says Last month, geographer Richard Heede received a subpoena from Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Smith, a climate change doubter, became concerned when the attorneys general of several states launched investigations into whether ExxonMobil had committed fraud by sowing doubts about climate change even as its own scientists knew it was taking place. The congressman suspected a conspiracy between the attorneys general and environmental advocates, and he wanted to see all the communications among them. Predictably, his targets included advocacy organizations such as Greenpeace, 350.org, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Are climate skeptics right? Conventional wisdom agrees that industrial pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and an increased use of fossil fuels are directly contributing to a global warming trend. You've heard about it at school, at work, on the news -- even in sitcoms. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore won an Academy Award and a Nobel Prize for his documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth." This warming trend is expected to result in glacial melting, rising sea levels, droughts, increased severe weather events like tornadoes and hurricanes, species extinctions, and a harder life in general for humanity. Some people feel that the harsh effect of climate change on humankind is poetic punishment for crimes against the Earth.
What is climate change? CSIRO Climate change refers to any long-term trends or shifts in climate over many decades. Weather and climate Weather and climate refer to different aspects of meteorology. The problem with landfill Landfill sites are pretty ugly. And it’s not just the sight of increasing piles of waste that’s the problem. There are many negative issues associated with landfill. The three most important are toxins, leachate and greenhouse gases. 154 Australian scientists demand climate policy that matches the science 154 Australian experts have signed on open letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanding urgent action on climate change that matches the dire warnings coming from climate scientists. The letter, organised by Australian National University climatologist Andrew Glikson, calls on the federal government to make “meaningful reductions of Australia’s peak carbon emissions and coal exports, while there is still time”. Signatories include leading climate and environmental scientists such as the Climate Council’s Tim Flannery, Will Steffen, and Lesley Hughes, as well as reef scientists Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Charlie Veron. They point out that July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded, and followed a nine-month streak of record-breaking months.
Climate change – News, Research and Analysis – The Conversation Any shift in the focus of climate change research at CSIRO should look at how to stop the problem and reduce its impact on Australia. CSIRO's climate science has contributed a number of important, and unexpected, findings. Forests that grow back after being cleared for agriculture or by logging grow back much faster than old-growth forests, soaking up carbon and providing vital habitat. Models based on where the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found and human travel patterns to and from infected areas are key to predicting where the virus will spread. Former PM's business advisor Maurice Newman recently claimed that satellite temperature data tell a different story to data collected on the ground. He's right - but that's how it's meant to be.
Climate change questions and answers CSIRO Here we address some of the common questions raised about the changing climate and the science involved in studying it. What is climate change? Climate change refers to any long-term trends or shifts in climate over many decades. How has climate changed in the past? Macadamia husk compost improves soil health in sub-tropical horticulture Macadamia husk compost improves soil health in sub-tropical horticulture Justine Cox1, Lukas Van-Zwieten2, Matthew Ayres2 and Steve Morris2 Abstract The macadamia industry has acknowledged that bare soil under mature trees with mechanical harvesting from the orchard floor has resulted in soil loss from erosion. Macadamia husk and poultry manure were composted to provide a surface cover and the effects of compost on soil health assessed.
Cigarettes, asbestos, now fossil fuels. How big business impacts public health The decisions reached at the recent Coag energy council meeting are reminiscent of a long series of failures to understand the impacts of powerful business on the health of the community. The failures extend historically from tobacco, to asbestos to the health scourges of coal, and now to the health and community impacts of the unconventional gas industry. It is too much to believe that governments fail to understand the implications. Just 30 years ago, Australia was awash with tobacco advertising and promotion by tobacco companies and their agents through multiple media outlets and sporting organisations, supported by newspaper editorials opposed to any restrictions. Major political parties readily accepted large donations, and some individual politicians were not immune to personal gifts and favours. Tobacco lobbyists had ready access to legislators to ensure that measures to deal with the health consequences were thwarted.