Carbon emissions trading? It's foolish even trying
If we can't get China and India to halt their rapidly rising CO2 emissions then its pointless for Australia to even try for an ETS, according to Alan Jones.
Nadal the new champion: Federer beaten in five-set classic
Rafael Nadal has beaten defending champion Roger Federer in a classic five set thriller to win the Wimbledon men's singles title.
Rudd's popularity begins to sour: Poll
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost support among all demographic groups - male and female, rich and poor, and households with and without children - since the May budget.-sadly, Rudd has nothing, if he is not popular. -ed
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Magazine reignites pornography versus art debate
There are calls for the laws governing "artistic" photographs of naked children to be reviewed, following the use of provocative pictures on the front of a taxpayer-funded magazine.-why is the government spending my money on pictures of naked children? -ed.
How far must we fall before an artist throws up?
If artists must take sexually suggestive pictures of six-year-olds, at least let them do it with their own money, and not ours:
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said yesterday he would pull funding for the taxpayer-funded Art Monthly if it did not comply with new protocols over the depiction of children… Mr Rudd has ordered the Australia Council, which funds the magazine, to develop new protocols about using images of children and said any recipient not abiding by them would have its funding stripped.
Going cool on Garnaut
It’s bad enough that some experts are wondering why Garnaut is so sure we must suffer pain to stop a problem that may not even exist.
Rudd’s answer takes the birthday cake
On Insiders yesterday, Kevin Rudd has a birthday cake moment of his own trying to explain his ETS:
ON the specifics of a carbon trading reduction scheme or a carbon emissions reductions scheme or an emissions trading scheme it’s this: first of all, we as Australia need to put a cap on the total amount of carbon pollution we put out into the atmosphere. Otherwise, frankly, if everyone around the world keeps doing that, just letting it rip, then the planet gets hotter and hotter, and hotter. If we fail to act on that, then we have a real problem.
The second question then is once you have imposed that cap, which we would do through this trading scheme, is how do you then manage the economy within it? What you do then is that you provide each individual business unit with a permit and the green paper will go to the question of how that might occur, but you allocate permits across the economy which together add up to the total carbon cap for the economy. Then rather than the Government coming in and saying, “You can do this, you can do that”, you allow a market to operate, a carbon market whereby people who are emitting carbon can trade with each other, but still the overall carbon market or carbon cap is kept in place. That’s the responsible way to ensure you don’t go beyond an environmentally unsustainable point in terms of carbon pollution, but secondly providing flexibility for businesses within the economy to trade within that overall cap.
Would you buy a used ETS from this man?
Garnaut shouldn’t be sure of his 1998 answer
The Rudd Government’s climate guru, Ross Garnaut, says we must make huge sacrifices to stop a warming that actually seems to have stopped in 1998.
But to be fair, he decided for his latest Draft Report to check whether this failure of the world to warm changed everything, and asked two Australian National University econometricians to check. They reported back that this didn’t disprove the models predicting huge warming:
Viewed from the perspective of 30 or 50 years ago, the temperatures recorded in most of the last decade lie above the confidence band produced by any model that does not allow for a warming trend.
Gore cools planet
Dr Roy Spencer, US Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite, updates his temperature graph:
When one takes into consideration that the cooling from the Mt. Pinatubo eruption and the warming from the 1997-98 El Nino event were not part of any underlying long-term trend, we can imagine that globally-averaged temperatures were flat from 1990 until 2000, then there was a brief warming until about 2002, after which temperatures have once again remained flat. Note that the longer temperatures remain flat the greater the warming that will be required to put us back ‘on track’ to match the climate model projections used by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The coming months and years should be interesting.
The scouts dib, the hippies bash
It would be wrong to smirk or say stuff like “serves you right”:
National Forest Service officials, surrounded and attacked yesterday in Wyoming with sticks and stones by 400 members of the Rainbow Family, were given reason to regret their decision to cancel a long-planned national service project by the Boy Scouts of America in favor of the unorganized annual gathering of hippies, anarchists and “free spirits” who commune with nature and each other.
But I ask again: how come demonstrators for peace and love so often turn out to the most violent of protesters?
Saddam gone; now his yellowcake, too
Saddam’s yellowcake is finally removed:
The last major remnant of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear program - a huge stockpile of concentrated natural uranium reached a Canadian port Saturday to complete a secret U.S. operation that included a two-week airlift from Baghdad and a ship voyage crossing two oceans.
The removal of 550 metric tons of “yellowcake” - the seed material for higher-grade nuclear enrichment - was a significant step toward closing the books on Saddam’s nuclear legacy.
Of course, there was no need to worry about a genocidal, war-making dictator having such stuff.
Rudd faces climate revolt from state Labor
KEVIN Rudd faces a backlash from state Labor and the unions over an emissions trading scheme.
Mice replacing men as sperm donors
MICE have been used to make healthy human sperm in research that gives another species an intimate role in our reproduction.