a pre-stressed climate …

Tim Blair, on top of things as usual. Hehehe:

PRE-TRAUMATIC STRESS

Tim Blair Friday, October 31, 2014 (1:47pm)

Climate scientists are cracking up:

From depression to substance abuse to suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder, growing bodies of research in the relatively new field of psychology of global warming suggest that climate change will take a pretty heavy toll on the human psyche as storms become more destructive and droughts more prolonged. For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties …

Lise Van Susteren, a forensic psychiatrist based in Washington, D.C. — and co-author of the National Wildlife Federation’s report — calls this emotional reaction “pre-traumatic stress disorder,” a term she coined to describe the mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst, before it actually happens.

Via Tony Thomas, who somehow finds amusement in this tragic development.

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‘their’ ABC, trashed …

Just like Alice down the rabbit hole, ‘their’ ABC lacks reality:

[...]  But mostly, instead of challenging, diverse, fact-based and intelligent reporting and discussion, the ABC joins the Fairfax tabloids and left-wing websites in a mindless pursuit of jejune click bait. This is a world where Sarah Hanson-Young is the go-to voice on refugees, Tim Flannery is the oracle on climate, Wayne Swan is the world’s greatest treasurer, middle-class Western jihadists are victims of injustice and Pauline Hanson speaks for suburbia. This is not reality and it is not a sensible place for the ABC to inhabit. The ABC charter demands “innovative and comprehensive broadcasting services of a high standard” to contribute to a “sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of the Australian community”. Mark Scott seems to have confused the “community” with the twittersphere as he allows, even encourages, this public behemoth to chase its social media tail.

(Bolta)’Their’ ABC features a number of these frightbats er Tim Blair failbats.

ABC is officially poised to go back down the rabbit hole. about a …

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wild and still free …

Earlier this year, some local wild horses came to check out the ‘treat supply’, and meet with ecologist Craig Downer.

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local wild stallions with their piles of ….

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Ecologist Craig Downer …

willies creek 059 willies creek 047Ecologist, Craig Downer from the US,  recently visited these horses near Broome. He had this comment to make: “Such a great experience to visit these vast lands of Western Australia and the Kimberley and the amazing wildlife and vegetation. It is a disgrace to see how some people like to use the wild horses as scapegoats for their own wrong doings in relation to the Rest of Life, but the good news is that people can change and we can learn to share the land and freedom with all the Rest of Life in dynamically balanced and evolving harmony, including these highly evolved horses, with whom people have a mutualistic symbiotic relationship. Why betray them when they are true helpers and healers in so many places?! Thanks again, Tom, and hope you and Libby can make it to US and I can guide you to see the wild mustangs and burros here, those that remain.”

Craig Downer discussing beach ecology with me.

Craig Downer discussing beach ecology with me.

 

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the wrong signal …

The BoM reports that we are likely for a slightly below average cyclone season in the North West this year. That makes a change as most recent years they have wrongly forecast above average cyclone seasons.

Tropical Cyclones – Is Global Warming Making them Worse? (27 October 2014)
There may well be a temperature/CO2 signal; it’s just not the signal climate alarmists have long been claiming…

Global warming cannot make them worse, since there has been no extra warming for the past 18 years. Summary of the Tropical Cyclone Outlook for Western Australia: North West Australia

• A 38% chance of an above average number (62% chance of a below average number) of tropical cyclones in waters off the northwest coast (average number is five).
• Likelihood of around two coastal impacts.
• Significant risk of at least one severe tropical cyclone coastal impact during the season.

I do hope for extra cyclones, as that is the cause of most of the good rainfall we get here.

Happy Anniversary – 18 years of ‘no global warming’

No AGW?

The greatest moral challenge of our time?

According to the datasets used last year, October 1st will mark the 18th year of “no significant warming trend in surface average temperature,” says Patrick Michaels, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science.

The NW Australian cyclone season starts next week.

BoM radar tower to the left of helicopter hangars ...

BoM radar tower to the left of helicopter hangars at Broome Airport…

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legless …

A beautiful Burton’s Legless Lizard, identified by Mark Richmond as  Lialis burtonis. Mark Richmond is from Crocodile Encounters, Sydney, click to enlarge:

Burton's Legless Lizard

Burton’s Legless Lizard

Found on sand at Cable Beach by photographer Mark Carroll.

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Kimberley wild horse country …

Last month’s trek through the SE Kimberley, where three deserts meet, was full of unexpected results. Some are now downloaded here, click to enlarge:

some tracks better than others ...

some tracks better than others …

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double the power …

Despite the inability to produce more life-giving CO2, I can go with this, benefits all round. Save the wildlife and build a dam:

Global boom in hydropower underway, more expected this decade

From the University of Copenhagen: Global boom in hydropower expected this decade An unprecedented boom in hydropower dam construction is underway, primarily in developing countries and emerging economies. While this is expected to double the global electricity production from hydropower, it could reduce the number of our last remaining large free-flowing rivers by about 20…

The use of dams for electricity is a topic that haunts the ‘carbonistas’, when I discussed dams in a post with reference to my own Kimberley region, a couple of years ago. That post was based on a discussion David Archibald put out for comment on Warwick Hughes blog.

Possible Kimberley region nation building dam projects

That ties in perfectly with our own governments’ agenda.

 

Jonova destroyed that other dam:

The dam has busted ...

The dam has busted …

 

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it’s a food bonanza … more CO2 please

Great:

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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.

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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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