it’s a food bonanza … more CO2 please



Newsbytes: World food production at record levels

Despite all the gloom and doom from people like Paul Ehrlich and the warmers who say global warming will stunt food production, the reality is far different. It seems the increase in CO2 along with adaptive crop genetics may have combined to produce this bonanza. Based on the latest forecasts for production and utilization, world…

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wild horse enlightenment …

The science on the impact of wild horses and the environment is now in. The benefits outweigh the negatives. The only reason that authorities have used to demonize wild horses is falsified.

It was all about the money, or they would have targeted more than just Lake Gregory and Frazier Downs Station’s horses with their helicopter cull. There are now wild horses associated with cattle stations all over Australia, abandoned by pastoralists once helicopter mustering became the norm.

How wild horses contribute to the natural landscape.

This paper is by well known author and ecologist, Craig Downer.

A short excerpt:

[...] Their cropping of vegetation, often dry and coarse,
reduces the possibility for major, soil-sterilizing fires
(though ecologically healthy, minor ones still occur). This
cropping sparks vegetative renewal, the re-budding of new
and tender shoots of greater nutritional value, especially to
ruminants whose digestive and metabolic systems are overtaxed
by the coarse, dry vegetation that horses and burros
can better handle. And, thus, the overall productivity of the
land is annually increased, as studies prove. [45, 46] Also,
as earlier noted, these equids disperse the seeds for
successful germination of many of the plants they eat as
well as fertilize the soils with their droppings. For their
neighbors including the ruminant grazers, their presence is
truly “win-win.” And this I have also observed to be the
case with the threatened Greater Sage Grouse in places
such as eastern Nevada’s Triple B Complex of HMAs. Here
these impressive lek-forming birds thrive alongside the
spirited mustang bands [...]

They are GOOD for the environment it seems.

[...] Wild horses form tight-knit stallion- and elder-maregoverned
bands. Over time, each band searches out and
establishes its own home range, which may cover hundreds
of square miles on an annual basis in drier regions. The
ecological mosaic that results among all such particular
band home ranges in a given Herd Area/Territory and
suitable adjoining areas prevents overcrowding and
overgrazing. Once available habitat is filled, the
horse/burro, as a climax species, limits its own population
as density-dependent controls are triggered.

This paper is based on the North American mustangs and burros, but can equally be applied in Australia.


Ecologist, Craig Downer in the SE Kimberley

On a recent trip into the Lake Gregory region, several skeletons were found lying in dried out ephemeral clay pans, without bullet holes in the heads, signifying they were not headshots that killed them.???????????????????????????????Craig Downer has an interview here with an Australian Brumby supporter: A Scientifically Sane, Humane Approach to Wild Horse …:

Renowned Wildlife Ecologist Craig Downer sticks up for Australian Brumbies. By Mae Lee Sun

  • Some images here from Craig Downer and Mark Carroll, click to enlarge …

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wild horses and mustangs … Craig Downer visits Australia

My fortunate nature trek last month to Lake Gregory, Paruku, the junction of 3 deserts in Western Australia, was a great, if somewhat sad story. Late last year, the WA Government, via Department of Agriculture held several helicopter sorties around the massive lake, shooting thousands of wild horses, many in the middle of the Sturt Creek delta, a wide area of ephemeral creeks and claypans, crossed with Spinifex plains, left to rot in areas of dry season watering holes.

An international scientist and author, who recently wrote a book on US Mustangs, Senior Ecologist and Naturalist Craig Downer, resident of Nevada was visiting Australia to release a paper at the Ecological Society’s Annual Conference in Alice Springs, on Wild Horses and their impact on the environment.


  • Ecological Society of Australia

    The Ecological Society of Australia is the peak group for ecological science in Australia. … Alice Springs, Northern Territory September 28th to October 3rd 2014.

    Wild horses at Sturt Creek

    Wild horses at Sturt Creek

    Craig Downer, a now familiar pose ...

    Craig Downer, a now familiar pose …


The few horses around this Lake are now terrified, and bolt instantly, on sight of any human activity.

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green mushrooms …

Stolen from cartoonist Paul Zanetti’s Facebook page, a Bill Leak masterpiece:

<p>Doctor Patrick Moore is a Canadian ecologist, a co-founder of Greenpeace and currently in Australia for a ‘climate change information tour’. </p><br />
<p>He’s been a leader in the environmental field for more than 40 years and:</p><br />
<p>* 9 years President of Greenpeace Canada<br /><br />
* 7 years a director of Greenpeace International<br /><br />
* led many Greenpeace campaigns including ‘Save The Whales’<br /><br />
* a member of the Rainbow Warrior crew when the anti-nuclear * testing ship was bombed in Auckland Harbour<br /><br />
* a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world’s largest environmental activist organisation.</p><br />
<p>He left Greenpeace in 1986 because of his concern at the anti-science and extreme political policies it was adopting.</p><br />
<p>He calls himself a ‘sensible environmentalist’, here to explain why his view of ‘catastrophic global warming’ differs from that of the global warming alarmists.</p><br />
<p>Yesterday he was interviewed on the Alan Jones program where he argues many sensible, honest, practical points about climate change and Co2 (Carbon Dioxide). Here are some highlights of the interview and a link to the podcast below. </p><br />
<p>He says:</p><br />
<p>ON GLOBAL WARMING</p><br />
<p>“The US is cooling according to NOAA – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – that graph is very clear. </p><br />
<p>There’s been a slight drop in average temperature in the continental United States over the last 10 years, and on a global basis there has been no net warming over an 18 year and 1 month period and counting, during which time 25% of all  the Co2 that humans have ever emitted in the industrial age has gone into the atmosphere due to the ever increasing and somewhat exponential growth in carbon dioxide emission.</p><br />
<p>That alarms some people but the fact is, there has been absolutely no increase in temperature during that period."</p><br />
<p>“There were two temperature increases in the last 100 years. </p><br />
<p>One occurred between 1910 and 1940. </p><br />
<p>It was a .4% Celsius global increase according to the best measurements. </p><br />
<p>Then it cooled for a bit during the ’50s and ’60s. </p><br />
<p>Then by 1970 it got back up to where it had been in 1940 and went back up by another .4% Celsius. </p><br />
<p>Now there are all kinds of questions about how reliable all of that is. </p><br />
<p>But there were two little spurts during the last century and the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that the second one from 1970 – 2000 was that humans were the dominate cause due to our emission but they do not speak about the first one which is exactly the same rise in exactly the same period of 30 years. </p><br />
<p>They don’t say what they think caused that one. </p><br />
<p>So if they don’t know what caused that one, how do they know the same thing that caused that one didn’t cause the one between 1970 – 2000? And that logic is water proof. ”</p><br />
<p>ON CARBON DIOXIDE </p><br />
<p>“Plants like Co2 higher. That’s why glasshouse growers purposefully put the exhaust from their heaters, from their gas or wood heaters, into the greenhouse to double and triple the Co2 level in there and get 50% – 100% increase in growth because all the plants in this world out there in the natural environment are starving for food. </p><br />
<p>And we’re at this juncture in our great intellectual history where all of our children are being taught that carbon dioxide is pollution when in fact it is THE most important food for all life on earth and without it we wouldn’t be here and neither would the animals and neither would the plants. ”</p><br />
<p>ON EVIDENCE</p><br />
<p>(Global warming), you have to talk about the science and the evidence. </p><br />
<p>The evidence is that there is no warming in 18 years despite a vast increase in Co2 emissions which is making the plants grow faster. </p><br />
<p>Google ‘greening of the earth’ everybody out there. </p><br />
<p>You will see that as a result of the increased Co2 that we have out into the atmosphere plants are growing faster. </p><br />
<p>A forest in Germany has been monitored since 1870 for the rate of growth. </p><br />
<p>It’s a science forest. </p><br />
<p>It shows that it’s 40% faster growth today than it was in 1870. </p><br />
<p>Most of that increase in growth occurred since 1960 in perfect block-step with Co2. So what Co2 is doing is not warming the earth, which would actually be ok. </p><br />
<p>If Canada warmed up a bit  – I often ask my audiences in North America, how come there’s 300 million in the United States and only 30 million in Canada which is larger in area? </p><br />
<p>One word – cold. </p><br />
<p>If Canada were as warm as the US there’d be 300 million people in it. </p><br />
<p>There’s a reason there’s not 300 million people. Because it’s too cold.”</p><br />
<p>There’s a lot more science, evidence and logic in the interview. </p><br />
<p>No ideology or religious faith. </p><br />
<p>Remember this is a practical, ‘sensible environmentalist’, co-founder and director of Greenpeace International and President of Greenpeace Canada </p><br />
<p>You won’t see or read of Doctor Patrick Moore on the ABC. </p><br />
<p>He speaks reason and science, not ideological religion. </p><br />
<p>Go to:<br /></p>
<p><a href=</p&gt;

<p>(Cartoon courtesy Bill Leak, The Australian 20 October, 2014)” width=”504″ height=”302″ />


Doctor Patrick Moore is a Canadian ecologist, a co-founder of Greenpeace and currently in Australia for a ‘climate change information tour’.

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the horror … the horrors

Princeton Physicist Dr. Will Happer: ‘The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing CO2 will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science’

Couldn’t say it any better. Coleman is right, too:

Dr Patrick Moore knows it too: Warmer planet ‘no risk to people’, says Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore

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fanatics and the Green nightmare … “The Return of Original Sin”

Journalist and science writer, Donna La Framboise has reviewed this latest volume about Green behaviour: Waking Up from the Green Nightmare

A scathing critique of anti-human environmentalism is now an affordable e-book.



I have begun reading Pascal Bruckner‘s brilliant book, The Fanaticism of the Apocalypse.

A critique of modern environmental thought, its introductory chapter is titled “The Return of Original Sin” and contains observations such as:

read it all at the top link …

The modern ‘environmental activists’ have shown that they are total fanatics on global warming, fanatical about development, and fanatical on anti-fossil fuel prospecting. Donna is right about Pascal’s book.

[...] the green movement

excels more in preventing than in proposing: it closes factories, blocks projects, forbids the construction of super-highways, airports, railway lines. It is the power that always denies.

Fanatics like this guy: U. of Arizona Professor: Climate change now ‘irreversible’ – Humans must ‘terminate industrial civilization’

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beach flotsam …

Strange items find their way onto Cable Beach, Broome, click to enlarge jellies and other images.

???????????????????????????????DSC00273 home cable beach 005006 008Yes, they are my footprints overlaying the sand bubbles.

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history repeats, nearly 150 years later …

Climate change ‘prophets, and projectors, and half-instructed meteorologists': the press found them amusing back in 1871

The cutting is from the THE BRISBANE COURIER, TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 1871.

(Steven Goddard, via Greenie Watch).

[...] Note also the calm assurance about the three consecutive years of drought.  Today, this would be amplified as a crisis, a a catastrophe, as a forerunner of doom to come.  Back in 1871, they merely noted that the drought would have ‘stimulated the inventive resources of practical agriculturalists’.  Perhaps they were made of sterner stuff in those days.  Perhaps they were less readily panicked.  Perhaps we could learn from them.

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Red Cross trashes alarmist cause …

Add more CO2 to the atmosphere, and your supposed to get catastrophic anthropological global warming*. Instead we get calmer, milderwettergreener, warmerdrier, snowy     conditions, mostly where it’s needed the most. Yes, that’s weather, and the environment, improved by additional atmospheric CO2:

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a winning move … the essential element

Supporting fossil fuels, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has set off a ‘greenstorm’. Which means he must be right, when considering how the anti-coal brigade  have charged the energy and climate debates, especially at that last election. Now that Facebook ‘fasceists’ have shown their hand, Paul Kelly has noticed:

In Inquirer this weekend, PAUL KELLY writes on the new climate change battlefront: how the politics of the campaign against fossil fuel haters could prove tricky.

WITH his statement that coal is “essential for the prosperity of Australia” and “essential for the prosperity of the world”, Tony ­Abbott has declared political war on…

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