the brilliance of more CO2 …

Eleven times more growth in new forests! Surprisingly, a BBC report:

Rainforest regrowth boosts carbon capture, study shows

By Mark Kinver, Environmental reporter


Newly grown rainforests can absorb 11 times as much carbon from the atmosphere as old-growth forests, a study has shown.

The researchers have produced a map showing regions in Latin America where regrowing rainforests would deliver the greatest benefits.

However, they added that old-growth forests still needed to be protected as they locked away vast amount of carbon.

Details of the study have been published in the journal Nature.

The international team of scientists compiled data from almost 1,500 plots at 45 sites across the Neotropics, which covers southern and central America, allowing them to produce map highlighting the carbon sequestration potential of areas across the Neotropics. […]

I say use the Old Growth for the benefit of Indigenous people and replace with new forests. That will be a win for everyone. Great for livestock too.DSC00002

Read the whole article.

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inner strength …

This is the tree of life, the next big thing. Locally called Gubinge, the Terminalia ferdinandiana is spread along coastal regions across northern Australia. It’s fruit has many life preserving properties, is exceptionally high in Vitamin C and has recently been linked as an aid in treating Alzheimer disease. Other scientists are investigating it’s efficacy on treating cancer.

Even growing on eroded beach-side clifftops, this tree also revives well after the most severe fires.

Severely burnt Gubinge forest reviving from fire

Severely burnt Gubinge forest reviving from fire

This fire last year will have cost local harvesters tens of thousands of dollars in lost income. They also survive clifftop erosion well: Gubinge tree and root system.jpg2

Gubinge tree and root system

Gubinge tree and root system

From the edge of a Pindan coastal dune, a spreading tree:

home 008They grow dwarf-like on the top of coastal clifftops:

From cliffs at James Price Point, dwarfed trees

From cliffs at James Price Point, dwarfed trees

Gubinge growing in manicured landscape

Gubinge growing in manicured landscape

This species is known in other States as the Kakadu Plum.

Terminalia ferdinandiana

Gubinge – Terminalia ferdinandiana
High Vitamin C containing tasty fruit, large round glabrous leaves (more pics at link)

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avoiding the consequences …

The rehabilitation of mine-sites across Western Australia has been a litany of failure on many fronts, particularly in ‘out of the way’ Northern regional areas. Photographer Hugh Brown is concerned.

This is a blight on the industry that needs to be fixed.

What is happening at Ellendale in the Kimberley currently is one example only. The taxpayer should not be left to foot the clean-up bill for mines that go broke or that are sold to companies that have no capacity to do the remedial work. It’s just another example where we are passing off our responsibilities and leaving a mess for future generations to deal with.

Government is always telling us that there are strict environmental conditions in place for these large mine approvals, but they are meaningless if those conditions are never enforced.

There’s a new vogue in mine rehabilitation: sell the mine for nothing, and let someone else sort it out. (subscription required)

(Tom Harley Large bonds are paid before mining starts, the Government is sitting on $1.5 billion … )

That’s a question I will be asking next week. Hugh goes o0n to say:

Hugh BrownHey Mate. I understand that, but as I understand these things, bonds are put up for specific projects. It’s not a single pool that the Government draws from. The Barnett Government also wound back requirements in these last few years meaning that companies had to put up less. Not good if those same companies go broke. I see many many mines in my work in Australia that have closed and there;s simply no rehab done. I could take you to many mines in the Pilbara that shut in the seventies and there’s still not a blade of grass on the haul roads. And the only reason the culvert is still not in the neighbouring river is that a cat 5 cyclone came through and ripped it out. One could say that that was the seventies and now is different, but my experience is otherwise. We’re probably worse now because we know what the consequences are but we turn a blind eye. Hope you are well.

Hugh Brown is correct. Most often, the rehabilitation is the last thing on the minds of departing miners. In one case at Koolan Island, all the equipment including accommodation and machinery that wasn’t removed, was pushed by dozers into the pit, the seawall blown up and the dump becomes a polluted artificial reef, out of sight, out of mind.

Woodside’s James Price Point adventure is coughing up for rehabilitation by planting thousands of wattle seedlings, when it could be planting a useful native orchard like Gubinge for the use of local indigenous groups.

Nursery benches, featuring temporary shade

Nursery benches, featuring temporary shade


Save The Kimberley‘s post.

This article is definitely worth a read as it hits on most of the key issues. Also take a look at The Saturday Paper article by Mike Seccombe.

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An environmental scientist warns Australian taxpayers will be left with a…
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seeming good …

The immorality of the Left, under full display:

[…] The highest morality among today’s dessicated Left is to merely to seem good, usually done simply by calling someone else evil.  The actual consequences of their posturing politics are ignored or deemed irrelevant. The YouTube clicks and likes are enough.

And so you can call for communism and ignore the millions of corpses. You can call for open borders and ignore the drowned children and the brooding underclass you’ve imported. You can praise Germany’s admission of a million Muslims in a year and ignore the pack rapes committed by the mobs. You can spruik global warming solutions and ignore the pensioners who can no longer afford to heat or cool their homes. You can call for an end to wars abroad and ignore the defenceless civilians being beheaded and the women captured as sex slaves. You can defend Islam and ignore the subjugation of women and the culture clashes in our own streets.

What counts is that you seem good, not matter the evil consequences which others must suffer and deal with.

This is the morality of a child. In an adult such contempt for consequences is selfish and deeply immoral. Stripped down, it is asking others to suffer so that you may seem good.

Andrew Bolt has nailed the left’s ‘seeming good’ agenda in one fell swoop in this piece. Read the rest of his demolition of the left and ABC presenter and ‘academic’ Waleed Aly’s posturing rant.

The moral question that should stop a Leftist posturer: yes, but what would you do instead?

Update, Chris Kenny has more: Continue reading

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climate to disappear …

The pocket-liners are all aghast, the ‘climate’ is settled! No longer are the warmists needed, says the CSIRO Chief Scientist. Tim Blair, gleefully: CLIMATE ALL GONE

Queen Elizabeth and other Turnbull admirers will not be amused:

Fears that some of Australia’s most important climate research institutions will be gutted under a Turnbull government have been realised with deep job cuts for scientists to be announced to staff later today …

The cuts were flagged in November, just a week before the Paris climate summit began, with key divisions told to prepare lists of job cuts or to find new ways to raise revenue.

Climate will be all gone, basically,” one senior scientist said before the announcement.

Makes sense. After all, if there are no climate scientists, who’s going to run the climate? By the way, it now emerges that the science isn’t settled:

The news prompted an outcry from climate scientists. “This is terrible news and threatens our ability to predict future climate and the inherent risks,” said Todd Lane, president of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. ”Climate science is not solved. Most of the uncertainty in climate projections is due to uncertainty about the ways to represent physical processes in climate models. Cutting funding in this area now doesn’t make any sense.”

But CSIRO’s boss disagrees:

The head of the CSIRO, Larry Marshall, said in a letter to staff on Thursday that the government’s science agency’s job had been “to prove climate change”.

“That question has been answered,” he told staff.

Jonova reports on the wailing at the trough: 350 climate scientists to go!

Their future is in private funding arrangements with business and Industry if they can find it. You see, for years they’ve been telling us “the science is settled”.

Then there’s Flannery, last gasp of a scoundrel.

Dr John Christy provides proof:

Fig. 1: Five-year averaged values of annual mean (1979-2015) global bulk (termed “midtropospheric” or “MT”) temperature as depicted by the average of 102 IPCC CMIP5 climate models (red), the average of 3 satellite datasets (green – UAH, RSS, NOAA) and 4 balloon datasets (blue, NOAA, UKMet, RICH, RAOBCORE).


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CO2 found not guilty …

Dr John Christy testimony at a Senate hearing this week. (pdf)

This should blow the global warming is caused by CO2 meme right out of the water. Six Seven different data sets are in reasonable agreement show that temperature globally has barely risen for 20 odd years, while CO2 has risen sharply. I like that!

Fig. 1: Five-year averaged values of annual mean (1979-2015) global bulk (termed
“midtropospheric” or “MT”) temperature as depicted by the average of 102 IPCC CMIP5
climate models (red), the average of 3 satellite datasets (green – UAH, RSS, NOAA)
and 4 balloon datasets (blue, NOAA, UKMet, RICH, RAOBCORE).

The Daily Caller goes into some further detail here.


Sugarcane in the tropics

More CO2 in the warmer atmosphere for the last 2 decades has given us massive crop yield increases and a decrease in desert conditions. NASA/NOAA will be mortified, one of their hidden data sets is one of the 7 used.

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real or made up weather …

One for the last of the faithful warmists. The Burden of Proof.  

(Via Greenie Watch)

Neither balloon data nor satellite data show much warming as compared to the warmist ‘science’ that predicted it. The models all failed, and the adjustments were caught out. Read it all, then check this out:

The Biggest Fraud In Science History

In 1978, NOAA showed 0.6 degrees global cooling since 1975 at the surface and in balloon data. The cooling was present in both hemispheres.

Read about all the messy adjustments trying to change the climate!

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love it … or leave it

Journalist, Rita Panahi, nails the bigots and bullies of the ‘racism industry’.

Many of the audience participants were stunned into silence. Well said, Rita.

Update. Looks as though Labor are guilty as usual.

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climate idiots shame themselves …

The stupid goes on … and on:

Scientist Bill Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, has a brilliant advice for the National…

Pat Chicas This fraudulent, ass-clown defines the concept of being parasitic.

Mitchell McAleer …and they lost the rear power unit half way up, and can take another 30 seconds off their current unlimited car record.

So, the electricity for the cars uses how much coal burned?

George Clark's photo.

What the green power fanatics don’t want you to know!

Then, what they wont tell you, is how much coal is burnt to produce the concrete for a wind turbine:

The figure of 120 cubic metres  or around 290 tonnes of concrete per installed MW appears to be about right.

Therefore a 6 MW plated capacity turbine will have around 720 cubic metres / 1700 tonnes of concrete in its base.

It takes around 300 to 400 kg’s of Cement to make one cubic metre of concrete .

From that and using the higher strength, more cement per cubic metre concrete , say 400 Kgs of Cement per cubic metre of concrete, a typical 6 MW turbine base will use about 290 tonnes of cement to make the base.

Now to make the Cement clinker which is then ground to a fine powder in ball mills to produce the fine powder we call Cement,
As the quote below, it takes about 200 kg of coal to produce one tonne of cement and about 300-400 kg of cement is needed to produce one cubic metre of concrete.

Cement is made from a mixture of calcium carbonate (generally in the form of limestone), silica, iron oxide and alumina. A high-temperature kiln, often fuelled by coal, heats the raw materials to a partial melt at 1450°C, transforming them chemically and physically into a substance known as clinker. This grey pebble-like material comprises special compounds that give cement its binding properties. Clinker is mixed with gypsum and ground to a fine powder to make cement.Coal is used as an energy source in cement production. Large amounts of energy are required to produce cement.
It takes about 200 kg of coal to produce one tonne of cement and about 300-400 kg of cement is needed to produce one cubic metre of concrete

From this we can calculate that the tonnages of coal used to produce the cement used in a typical late model 6 MW wind turbine base is about 60 tonnes of coal or as a rule of thumb for coal use required to produce the Cement for the concrete in the base of wind turbine, a rough rule of thumb would seem to be that it takes roughly ten [ 10 ] tonnes of coal per installed and plated MW capacity of the turbine to produce the Cement for the base of the onshore turbines.

Now to be very clear on this, I am ONLY counting the amount of coal used to produce the cement for the concrete in the base of a turbine.
The energy costs of mining, processing, transporting, mixing the concrete, digging the hole, steel reinforcing energy costs, road building to the site, machinery to install all the systems and turbine energy use, cabling and its installation underground, production of transformers and etc plus Grid line extensions to the turbine farm, use of Grid energy used by the turbine in non generating standby mode about 8% to 12% of turbine capacity and etc and etc have NOT BEEN INCLUDED in this rough calculation of the energy used and the coal used to build the site systems for a turbine.

(h/t a comment on Jonova)

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feeding at the trough …

Chairman Mal’s coup has now enabled his supporters, to go and feed at the UN trough. Even a former ‘opponent’ may be asked to join in.

Pathetic, Chairman Mal:

[…] Another factor behind promoting Rudd for world leader may be a lively appreciation of what advantages may be had in having mates in the club with some reason to be grateful for past services. Good for the country, right? But also maybe good for Liberals passing through New York and keen for a party, celebrity dinner or a handshake with the powerful, preferably in front of the cameras.

Which reminds me of the delight our Foreign Minister expressed via leaks to the media soon after the Turnbull coup:

I mean, have you seen how Bishop is partying at the UN? There she was again this week, addressing the UN General Assembly like a world leader, with her boyfriend rubbernecking beside her in a seat normally meant for officials doing business for Australia.

The day before, some anonymous leaker boasted to a friendly Fairfax journalist that the UN’s “doors … have mysteriously swung open” to Bishop now that her boss was Turnbull and not Abbott…

Gosh, she’d even “received a last-minute invitation to attend a Sunday lunch being hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the leaders of about 20 nations to discuss climate change”.

Now, which serial leaker would have leaked that, Julie? And note how eagerly Bishop pays homage to the UN’s multi-billion-dollar green faith, like it’s the entry price to a feed […]

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