blooming desert …

Following two earlier posts on the Great Sandy Desert, some more colour, click to enlarge …

seed stems on spinifex hide many herbs

seed stems on spinifex hide many herbs


Acacia hilliana


Acacia adoxa


Grevillea wickhamii


Solanum sp.


Acacia sp.


Cyanostegia cyanocalyx

Cyanostegia cyanocalyx

Acacia sp.

Acacia sp.


Halgania sp.


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the fruitful desert …

The Great Sandy Desert gardens are a very fruitful place. Fruits, nuts, seeds and grains have had exceptional growth this year following a solid wet season and some north west cloud bands taking tropical moisture through to Australia’s populated Southeast.

Click to enlarge …


Harvesting Corymbia pods


Corymbia, Owenia, Solanum, Terminalia seed pods and fruits, all edible nuts and fruit.


Acacia coriacea

Acacia coriacea


Solanum diversifolia, bush tomato


Grevillea wickhamii, pods and flowers


Trunk of Terminalia cunninghamii, Pindan Walnut


Carissa spinosa, sweet smelling flowers, sweet tasting fruit, incense bearing wood

L-R, Carissa spinosa, Terminalia cunninghamii, Erythrophleum chlorostachya

L-R, Carissa spinosa, Terminalia cunninghamii, Erythrophleum chlorostachya

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut


Acacia anaticeps, large seeds for eating after cooking in fire when nearly ripe

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greenies are energy fracked …

Wind turbines require a far bigger share of the carbon footprint than even greenies expected, with lots more land needed clear for installation, even after the devastation of using rare earths and steel in their manufacture.  Greenies are devastated:

Environmentalists are fuming. Opponents accuse the wind turbine developers and the local and state authorities of covering up the environmental costs and impacts of the project and misleading the public. Critics say the senselessness of the project is tantamount to putting wind turbines on Ayers Rock.

Unrealistic profit projections used to “bait the public”

Opponents also accuse the wind park developers of putting out overly optimistic figures for expected wind turbine performance in order to bait the public. Die Welt writes:

Ernst Gerber believes the promises of profitability, with which investors and local representatives are being baited, are estimates from a naïve milkmaid: ‘Despite the subsidies, things are moving towards the lower limits of profitability.’”

Die Welt itself characterizes the promise of profitability made by the wind park developers as “rotten”, and that the region is one that is “low in wind”.

Threat to wildlife…violates the law

The wind park opponents also say that the monster turbines are a threat to wildlife and birds. What’s more, turbine critic Rainer Becker thinks they would violate the law, “The construction of the wind parks are clearly in violation of the existing laws and the international species protection act“.

Other opponents claim that big business and power companies in Luxemburg are ramming the projects through and ignoring the wishes of the local inhabitants, Die Welt writes.

Most Greenies haven’t bothered to see how small the footprint of a frakked gas well is, either. Instead they resort to exaggerated images like this by The Wilderness Society:

[...] Believe it or not, our vision for a sustainable future for the Kimberley doesn’t include fracking in the Canning Basin, heritage listed Fitzroy River or southern Kimberley!



The company leading the charge to frack the Kimberley is Buru Energy. The EPA chose not to assess them – despite significant concernsabout contamination from chemical fracking, and as our appeal was dismissed they received approval for 34 fracks across four wells – ‘Yulleroo 3 & 4’ in Yarwuru country and ‘Valhalla’ and ‘Asgard’ in the Fitzroy River catchment.


Assessment and regulation of these critical drilling proposals falls to the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) – which has a conflict of interest, due to the fact that they are actively promoting the industry. This system is currently failing the people it is meant to be protecting. Currently, if you notice your drinking water is contaminated or gas bubbling in the nearby creek you love, you will not be able to access information for almost two years!


The Wilderness Society stands with all the other WA environment groups and Traditional Owners calling for an immediate moratorium on fracking in WA because of the serious long term risks it poses to our communities, our water and our environment. [...]

They much prefer the devastation of wind turbines instead. All the wells pictured in their advertisement would not even add up to the footprint occupied by the gas powered town of Broome. I visited a frakked well on the weekend in the Canning Basin to see for myself. I struggled to see any problem environmentally.  It was hundreds of kilometers from anywhere, too.

If turbines weren’t subsidized by taxpayer funded governments, nobody would have them:

[...] At the moment, most rich countries and China subsidise solar and wind power to help stem climate change. Yet this is the most expensive way of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Meanwhile Germany and Japan, among others, are mothballing nuclear plants, which (in terms of carbon abatement) are cheaper. The implication of Mr Frank’s research is clear: governments should target emissions reductions from any source rather than focus on boosting certain kinds of renewable energy.

SUBSIDIES for renewable energy are one of the most contested areas of public policy.


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enhancing our health, and the environment … with GMOs

Oooah the Greens wont like this, people will die or something: American Farmers Just Love Their GMOs and You Should Too

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its latest data on farmers planting of crops genetically enhanced to tolerate herbicides (HT) crops and to resist insect pests (Bt).

HT soybeans went from 17 percent of U.S. soybean acreage to 94 percent in 2014. Plantings of HT cotton expanded from about 10 percent of U.S. acreage in 1997 to 91 percent in 2014. The adoption of HT corn reached 89 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 2014.

Plantings of Bt corn grew from about 8 percent of U.S. corn acreage in 1997 to 80 percent in 2014. Plantings of Bt cotton also expanded rapidly, from 15 percent of U.S. cotton acreage in 1997 to 84 percent in 2014.

Why are modern biotech crops so popular with farmers?  Earlier this year, U.S. News reported the views of Illinois farmer Katie Pratt:

According to Pratt, her family uses GMO crops because of the clear value they bring to their family business. They have greatly reduced the amount of insecticide that needs to be sprayed, and they only need to treat the weeds at one point, not several times over a growing season. Her soil has now improved, because she and her family don’t have to tromp through the fields as often. The family also uses less fuel, because they spend less time in the tractor. “No one is more aware than the farmer of the impact we have on the environment, in addition to the urgency to feed and fuel a growing population, while reducing our footprint on the planet,” she maintains.

And remember folks, biotech crops are not only good for the environment, eating them as caused not so much as a cough, sniffle, sneeze or bellyache. For example, a statement issued by the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest scientific organization in the United States, on October 20, 2012 point blank asserted that “contrary to popular misconceptions, GM [genetically modified] crops are the most extensively tested crops ever added to our food supply. There are occasional claims that feeding GM foods to animals causes aberrations ranging from digestive disorders, to sterility, tumors and premature death. Although such claims are often sensationalized and receive a great deal of media attention, none have stood up to rigorous scientific scrutiny.” The AAAS Board concluded, “Indeed, the science is quite clear: crop improvement by the modern molecular techniques of biotechnology is safe.”

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the Great Sandy Gardens …

After a tiring 1400km round trip, a few pics to whet the appetite. A wonderful and diverse region of flora and fauna, I have decided to change the name from Desert to Gardens, if the mapmakers want to change it to something that better describes the area. Click to enlarge …

It was cold, but sunny, and a week or two following some rain from a cloud band that went through WA’s North West. The Kidson Track travels from near Sandfire through to the Canning Stock route.


Grevillea refracta


Desert garden with Cyanostegia cyanocalyx in foreground


Melaleuca nervosa


Keraudrenia sp.


Grevillea wickhamii


Hakea macrocarpa

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut

Owenia reticulata, Desert Walnut


Acacia anaticeps

overview map

Kidson Track, from …

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happy fish are warmer fish …

021I am about to leave on a field trip to where there are no fish … The Great Sandy Desert beckons, I will be back on Sunday night all going well.In the meantime, some reading at Jonova, where Salmon are doing well, even when some oceanic warming has occurred.


Atlantic salmon also show capacity to adapt to warmer waters

Populations of Atlantic salmon have a surprisingly good capacity to adjust to warmer temperatures that are being seen with climate change, a group of scientists at the University of Oslo and University of British Columbia have discovered. The finding about Atlantic species adds to recent UBC-supported research on heat tolerance of Pacific salmon. [...]

Comments are very fishy …

Great Sandy Desert

Great Sandy Desert

Of course, the Greens prove their agenda is very fishy ….

Greens go by air: Internal food fight over excutive response to airplane travel at Greenpeace – firings demanded


People send me stuff.

An entertaining row has emerged over the behavior of the director of Greenpeace International Program, Pascal Husting, and the Greenpeace  International Executive Director, Kumi Naidoo.  It seems they are both are in hot water over airplanes and the troops are sending angry letters, like the one I have below. Continue reading

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switched off …

All those Greenie supporters of renewables, like wind and solar, ought to have their own residences connected up to them only, not the grid. Instead the rest of us have to suffer with higher power costs to pay for the subsidies, and the costs of no wind, and cloudy days. Terry McCrann has noticed their futility:

Terry McCrann nails the abject stupidity of renewables and why any support for the RET is futile and counterproductive. The sad fact, whether or not the greenies can face it or not, is that renewables cost a lot without achieving the goals they are meant to.

ON Monday, all the wind farms in Southern Australia, all the hundreds of turbines…

Only in the ABC world, are renewables expanding around the world. Once the subsidies are removed, investors disappear:

[...]We’re told “clean” energy is a viable and cost effective. But cut the government subsidies, and 97 percent of investors vanish (in Australia it’s collapsed from $2.6b annually to $80m). The truth is that renewables are almost totally dependent on taxpayer largess. No wonder they lobby like their life depends on it. It does.

Keep reading  →

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boosting crop yields …

Research into cropping speeds up, fitting the usual 8 years of breeding that goes into a new variety, into just 12 months. How researchers are speeding up seed production for new wheat Wheat plants ready to harvest for embryos.

Also at SNWA, an article that shows where lower chlorophyll production with wheat can increase crop yields:

Wheat possibilities: lower chlorophyll to boost yields


Firstly, leaves naturally produce shade, depriving competing plants of light.

This is a useful adaptation in nature but a disadvantage in crops, where growers want minimal competition between neighbours.

Secondly, harvesting excessive light damages chloroplasts, the tiny organelles that contain chlorophyll and produce energy. Repairing damaged chloroplasts uses extra energy.

Thirdly, capturing excess light causes the plant to heat up, like a black car which absorbs more heat and heats up faster than a white car which reflects it.

“If you heat up a leaf, so for it to survive it has to use more water,” he says.

“It has to cool itself like an evaporative air conditioner.

“The fourth reason is that chloroplasts are full of all sorts of goodies.

“If you are not using them to fix light you can use them for other jobs round the farm like bigger roots or bigger heads.” [...]

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the power of the Green Blob …

The tide is turning. Outgoing UK Environment Minister: The Telegraph UK I leave the post with great misgivings about the power and irresponsibility of – to coin a phrase – the Green Blob.

(Via Jonova) Keep reading  →

So, what’s going on here, more UK graft from the biggest of the Green Blobs:

Kyoto II climate treaty coming in 2015 — And taxpayers are paying environmental groups to design it!

!The EU paid the BBC €6,100,987 last year, Friends of the Earth (in all its incarnations) €4,188,230, WWF €5,344,641 and the RSPB €3,802,544. What is also of very great interest is that the EU subsidised UN institutions to the tune of nearly €140 million. All this and much will be the subject of further reporting and analysis, but once again it brings to light the huge amount of taxpayer funding going to unaccountable NGOs, and especially (but not exclusively) climate change advocacy groups.’




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redistribution of graft …

The warmists worry that the opportunity for graft will be lost. But taking away money from your pocket as a tax, and giving some back, is another arm of socialism. This agenda of Warmists, astroloscientists and bankers, aided and abetted by the media’s superannuation investments in subsidized renewable energy, is nothing more than income redistribution.

 U.S. Warmist: ‘Combat global warming by taxing carbon’

Of course, the writers are from that bastion of socialism, Portland, Oregon: [...]

The new UN report tells us technology can bail us out of certain climate catastrophe. To give it a fighting chance, let’s tax carbon and refund all revenue to households.

Mark Reynolds is executive director of Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Eric Means is a member of the Portland chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

These guys in particular want your money: ‘Bamboozled Billionaires’: Trio of Henry Paulson, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer ‘give the impression that [CO2 regs] will result in prevention of a global warming catastrophe’

Stretching the truth by the media in Australia: The Age tells untruths to push its warming alarmism

Continue reading

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