the Earth’s great greening …

Latest on CO2 emissions from Dr Idso and friends: [...]

“One of the overall important findings of our report is that atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant,” Idso said. “It is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that offers many biospheric benefits.

“Probably chiefly known among all of these benefits is that elevated levels of atmospheric CO2 tend to increase the biomass and productivity of nearly all plants and ecosystems on earth,” Idso said.

Some of the other findings in the biological impacts report summary include:

*  The ongoing rise in the air’s CO2 content is causing a great greening of the Earth.

*  Rising levels of CO2 are increasing agricultural productivity around the world, therefore increasing food security.

*  Terrestrial ecosystems have thrived around the world where temperatures have warmed, including amphibians, birds, butterflies, other insects, reptiles and mammals.

*  A modest warming of the planet will result in a net reduction of human mortality from temperature-related events.

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Message to warmists. If warming is too much for you, show you mean it and move to Siberia with all the rest of the believers, and not to Florida with the thousands of retirees! Or tropical Broome, Western Australia’s fastest growing town.

  • Broome profile. Broome – One of Australia’s top 100 hotspots. Average annual growth rate in excess of 10%. One of Australia’s prime tourists destinations.

    business, in Broome

    business, in Broome

    camel rides, few passengers missing, it's Raceday ...

    camel rides, few passengers missing, it’s Raceday …

    Of course, it hasn’t warmed here in over a hundred years, except in the minds of the ideologues. Compare Broome Airport with Broome Post Office.

 

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Save the Kimberley tribute to the late custodian of a rare environment …

Tributes to a senior indigenous lawman keep coming on Facebook, this one by a Save The Kimberley founder does justice to the struggle for a Wild Kimberley for the future. Mr Roe fought long and hard to stop the rare vine forests and dinosaur highway from Woodside’s destruction.

A tribute to a truly great man, a moral giant in fact. It is a sign of what a failure this illegitimate ‘Nation’ is that while idiots crow on about the moral gnats that call themselves our ‘leaders’ most Ozziefailians don’t even understand the significance of someone like Mr. Roe. Long may we remember this great Uncle.

Tribute to Mr. Roe written by Mark Jones from Save The Kimberley

‘I, like many, really got to know Mr Roe during the long and brutal James Price Point campaign.

He approached us and asked if we would support both himself and his mob in the upcoming stoush after the WA Premier announced JPP as the site for the world’s largest gas refinery.

History will show that we agreed, and I am proud to say that not only did we assist Mr. Roe and the protection of his land, we also formed a friendship that will last for many generations.

The first time I bonded with Mr. Roe was on the Manari road. He came up to me and said that he needed to do something. My ears pricked up and I jumped into a car and raced down the Quondong road. We parked the car across the road and waited for a line of ‘Woodside’ vehicles that had been doing ‘tests’ along the coast.

As with many of these flash points, tensions and emotions were high, as expletives were exchanged and raw emotion poured out. I can vividly remember looking at my friend and I and the scene we were in. I can vividly remember the power of the country coursing through my veins, and the power of this great man who stood up against governments and some of the most powerful companies in the world.

The second time I really bonded with Mr. Roe was when my friend, Malcolm Douglas passed away. At Malcolm’s memorial in Broome, with hundreds of people around, I can remember seeing the big burly figure walk towards me. His eyes locked onto mine as he wrapped me in a bear hug. We talked of the old man, and laughed at his exploits. Little did I know then, that I would lose another of my mentors, only a few short years later.

I have done a lot of walking and thinking since Mr. Roe passed away. I see him in the storms that fan out from the North. I see him in the proliferation of life that spawns at this time of the year. I see him in the eyes of the kids who have their whole lives ahead of them.

Mr. Roe stood as a beacon. His strength was what got everyone through. He said that government and industry would enter his country over his dead body… and he was right. They never got in whilst he was alive – and with the incredible work that he, his family, and his team amassed – they should never be allowed to enter in his death.

His was the ultimate sacrifice, and a lesson for any of us who truly believe.

A friend of mine said many years ago that Walmadan would prevail because country will rise. It did rise, and its face was that of our friends.

We have lost a great warrior. But man will become myth, and his country will prevail.’

stone axes, spears and ancient string …

A similar axe tool was found by our group on a field trip a few years ago. It was returned to the ecstatic senior traditional lawman of the area in the Central Kimberley Tablelands, now this find is reported by Geoff Vivian at SNWA:

PURPOSLEY sharpened or ‘retouched’ stone axes evolved in Australia thousands…

This tool pictured was found near Windjana Gorge, from where the recent UWA Archeological expedition has only just returned last week with a pallet-load of samples.

PURPOSLEY sharpened or ‘retouched’ stone axes evolved in Australia thousands of years before they appeared in Europe according to researchers studying the south-east Asian archaeological record.

They found 30,000-year-old flakes from ground-edged axes at a site near Windjana Gorge in the central Kimberley.

In a recent paper with Professor Sue O’Connor, UWA archaeologist Jane Balme says the evidence collected challenges common assumptions about paleolithic innovations.

“The suggestion that all innovation has to come from the Old World is not true because clearly ground-stone axes were created here,” Prof Balme says.

The stone axe we found was close to this art at Teronis Gorge:

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the eyes have it …

Laying in the sand on Cable beach, watching the world go by, until the tide returns, some clown picks me up and looks at me. Put me back!:

Put me down ...

Put me down …

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Those footprints? Hmmm …

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micro documentary winner …

James Price Point was my first main focus on this blog, to stop the impending development as a massive LNG processing plant. This short video has now won awards for showing a brief expose of what really was here in the first place, and why it was so important to stop Woodside.

The result is, that Woodside did stop and the suggested alternative is now the preferred option, floating refineries at the gas fields 400km+ out to sea.

People wonder why so many fought so hard, for so long to save James Price Point, this short film says it all… goosebumps
from Mark Pearce: “BALANGARA WINS CAMPFIRE FILM AWARD
The micro documentary Looking After Our Environment, which was co-produced by Balangara Films and The Wilderness Society Inc. has been independently selected as the winner of the Cross-Curriculum Sustainability Award at the 2014 Campfire Film Festival.
The Campfire Finalist Judging Panel included:
Peter Krausz Former Chair – Australian Film Critics Association
Richard Sowada Head of Film Programs – Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
Sharon Hurst Independent Film Reviewer – Cinephilia and 3CR
Peter Malone Former World President – O.C.I.C and Independent Theology/Psychology Cinema Reviewer
Berry Street students Morwell Campus
The film (and awards ceremony) will be screened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square Melbourne on Friday 23rd May from 6pm – 7:30pm along with other winning films from eight different categories.
Come along if you want to see awesome films that can change the world.”
http://vimeo.com/52611089

DINOSAUR PATHWAYS, HUMPBACK WHALES, DOLPHINS, BIRDS, BILBIES…THIS MAN ATTEMPTS TO SAVE THEM ALL!

Eco warrior Mark Jones speaks out against a gas development complex that spells doomsday for some of the world’s most unique and secretive species living around James Price Point, the coastal precinct in the Kimberley that the Western Australian Government and a consortium of corporate giants propose to dig up.

Expect to see dinosaur footprints, humpback whales, spinner dolphins, the incredibly rare and endangered bilby, and stunning landscapes of the Kimberley. Featuring Xavier Rudd’s most recent release “Spirit Bird” – debuted at #2 on the ARIA charts.

Anti LNG campaigners, after Woodside's decision to cancel the project.

Anti LNG campaigners, after Woodside’s decision to cancel the project.

James Price Point

James Price Point

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liking and accepting? …

I just found this on Facebook, thought it was quite hilarious, and possibly, quite true! Often, I don’t give a …

Like · · Promote ·

Oh well, now I will have to live up to it, hehe …

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going nutty for bees …

The bee industry is under crisis in the US currently, due to a wide range of issues, not the least is the reliance of bees on almond orchards. Here in Broome, we have a similar nut from a couple of variations of the tree Terminalia cunninghamii.Terminalia cunninghamii

This species has a large fruit, often the external fruit is eaten by bats, leaving a hard nut containing an almond shaped kernel, with a sweet nutty taste. These trees are probably pollinated by varieties of native bees to the region, and is a target species to grow in one of our possible new projects.

Terminalia cunninghamii
Pindan walnut

The main difficulty is a commercial method into cracking the nuts open, otherwise we can take the nut market on in the future. This, from Greenie Watch:

Perils of commercial beekeeping

Honeybees pollinate crops but endure stress, parasites and disease. Solutions are coming

Paul Driessen

One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive.

California’s Central Valley produces over 80% of the world’s almonds, valued at over $4 billion in 2012. The boom is poised to continue, with new food products and expanding overseas markets increasing demand to the point that no young almond trees are available for purchase until 2016.

Demand for almonds translates into demand for pollination. So every year commercial beekeepers transport some 60% of all US honeybees to California’s almond groves in February and March, when it’s still winter in most other states. It’s one of their biggest challenges.

For one thing, bee colonies, especially those from northern states, lack sufficient time to emerge from their heat-conserving winter clusters. Some beekeepers thus maintain 20,000 to 30,000 hives. Each one requires careful inspection for diseases and parasites – a meticulous, Herculean task on such a scale.

Complicating the situation, beekeepers are trying to work within a large-scale agricultural system, using an insect whose husbandry practices have changed little since the nineteenth century. The larger the commercial beekeeper’s stock, the harder it can be to tend them and recover from financial setbacks in the form of lost bees.

Almond growers will need 1.5 million hives this year, estimates Colorado beekeeper Lyle Johnston. “It takes almost all the commercial bees in the United States,” to pollinate the almond crop, he says. The payoff can amount to half an individual keeper’s yearly profit.

However, bees can come back from California “loaded with mites and every other disease you can think of,” beekeeper Ed Colby explains. That can often mean bee colony deaths. Last year, US beekeepers experienced an average 30% overwinter bee loss; some lost 10% to 15% of their hives, while others lost much more. It’s a normal cost of doing business, but it can be painful.

Last year’s rate was higher than normal, and higher than any keeper would want. But it was not the “bee-pocalypse” that some news stories claimed. The real story is that efforts to identify a single unifying cause for higher-than-usual losses have failed. Scientists are discovering that multiple issues affect bee health.

Urban, suburban and agricultural “development has reduced natural habitats, clearing out thousands of acres of clover and natural flowers,” a 60 Minutes investigative report observed. “Instead, bees are spending week after week on the road, feeding on a single crop, undernourished and overworked.”

The migration itself is stressful, notes Glenwood Springs, Colorado Post-Independent reporter Marilyn Gleason. “First, there’s the road trip, which isn’t exactly natural for bees, and may include freezing cold or scorching heat. Bees ship out of Colorado before the coldest weather, and drivers may drench hot, thirsty bees with water at the truck wash.”

The convergence in almond groves of so many commercial bees from all over the country creates a hotbed of viruses and pathogens that can spread to many hives. The varroa destructor mite carries at least 19 different bee viruses and diseases, causing major impacts on bee colonies. Parasitic phorid flies are another problem, and highly contagious infections also pose significant threats. The intestinal fungus nosema ceranae, for example, prevents bees from absorbing nutrition, resulting in starvation.

The tobacco ringspot virus was likewise linked recently to the highly publicized problem known as “colony collapse disorder.” CCD occurs when bees in a colony disappear, leaving behind only a queen and a few workers. The term originally lumped together a variety of such “disappearing” disorders recorded in different locales across hundreds of years, as far back as 950 AD in Ireland. Thankfully, as during past episodes, these unexplained incidents have declined in recent years and, despite all these challenges, overall US honeybee populations and the number of managed colonies have held steady for nearly 20 years.

These days, perhaps the biggest existential threat to bees is campaigns purporting to save them. Extreme-green groups like the Center for Food Safety and Pesticide Action Network of North America are blaming an innovative new class of pesticides called neonicotinoids for both over-winter bee losses and CCD.

Allied with several outspoken beekeepers, the activists are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency and government regulatory agencies to follow Europe’s lead – and ban neonics. Instead of protecting bees and beekeepers, however, their campaigns will likely cause greater harm – because they ignore the multiple threats that scientists have identified, and because a neonic ban will result in farmers using pesticides that are more toxic to bees.

The European Union’s political decision to suspend neonic use came because France’s new agriculture minister banned their use. That meant French farmers would be at a distinct disadvantage with the rest of Europe, if they were the only ones unable to use the pesticide, noted British environmental commentator Richard North. They could lose $278 million per season in lost yields and extra pesticide spraying.

So the French agricultural ministry sought an EU-wide ban on all neonicotinoids. After several votes and a misleading report on the science, the European Commission imposed a ban, over the objections of many other EU members, who note that the evidence clearly demonstrates the new pesticides are safe for bees.

Years-long field tests have found that real-world exposures have no observable effects on bee colonies. Other studies have highlighted other significant insect, fungal, human and other issues that, singly or collectively, could explain CCD. Having analyzed scores of 2007-2012 bee death incidents, Canadian bee experts concluded that “…very few of the serious bee kills involve neonicotinoid pesticides. Five times as many ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ pesticide-related bee kills were sourced to non-neonic chemicals.”

In Canada’s western provinces, almost 20 million acres of 100% neonic-treated canola is pollinated annually by honeybees and tiny alfalfa leaf-cutter bees. Both species thrive on the crop, demonstrating that neonics are not a problem. Large-scale field studies of honeybees at Canadian universities and a bumblebee field study by a UK government agency found no adverse effects on bees.

Last October, a team of industry scientists published a four-year study of the effects of repeated honeybee exposure to neonic-treated corn and rapeseed (canola) pollen and nectar under field conditions in several French provinces. The study found similar mortality, foraging behavior, colony strength and weight, brood development and food storage in colonies exposed to seed-treated crops and in unexposed control colonies. This also indicates low risk to bees.

At least two more major, recently completed university-run field research projects conducted under complex, costly scientific laboratory guidelines (“good lab practices”) are awaiting publication. All indications to date suggest that they too will find no observable adverse effects on bees at field-realistic exposures to neonicotinoids.

Meanwhile Project ApisM., a partnership of agro-businesses and beekeepers, has invested $2.5 million in research to enhance the health of honeybee colonies. Switzerland-based Syngenta has spent millions expanding bee habitats in Europe and North America, through Project Pollinator. Bayer has built bee health centers in Europe and the United States, and Monsanto’s Beeologics subsidiary is developing technology to fight varroa mites.

None of that matters to the anti-pesticide activists. They are using pressure tactics to make Canada and the United States copy the EU. That would be a huge mistake. Science, not politics, should prevail.

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ethanol from carbon monoxide …

The current ‘ethanol boondoggle’ is just another Green exercise in ‘pocketlining’, that has little or no influence on their idiotic carbon reducing policies. However scientists have now improved massively on the science of manufacturing ethanol, in a way that’s useful to the energy industry: Making ethanol without the need to waste food crops

From Stanford University

Stanford scientists discover a novel way to make ethanol without corn or other plants

Stanford University scientists have found a new, highly efficient way to produce liquid ethanol from carbon monoxide gas. This promising discovery could provide an eco-friendly alternative to conventional ethanol production from corn and other crops, say the scientists. Their results are published in the April 9 advanced online edition of the journal Nature.

“We have discovered the first metal catalyst that can produce appreciable amounts of ethanol from carbon monoxide at room temperature and pressure – a notoriously difficult electrochemical reaction,” said Matthew Kanan, an assistant professor of chemistry at Stanford and coauthor of the Nature study.

 

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Maybe now it’s time to stop the Green’s ethanol promotions on corn for fuel, a strange  anti-environmental program of theirs:

Most ethanol today is produced at high-temperature fermentation facilities that chemically convert corn, sugarcane and other plants into liquid fuel. But growing crops for biofuel requires thousands of acres of land and vast quantities of fertilizer and water. In some parts of the United States, it takes more than 800 gallons of water to grow a bushel of corn, which, in turn, yields about 3 gallons of ethanol.

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hottest ever, really really hot …

The hottest, hot year on record. People die in the streets. Parrots drop dead when flying in the air. Rabbits keel over in the millions.

1896 : Before CO2 Overheated The Atmosphere

January, 1896 was by far the hottest month is Australian history.

[...] The heat killed millions of rabbits

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Meanwhile, people dropped dead from the heat in London.[...]

Now that was a really tough year everywhere. Read it all.

Before CO2 Ruined Australia’s Climate

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http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/131714628

When the warmists move to Siberia and Alaska, and the kiwis here return to New Zealand, then, and only then, I might believe them.
Meanwhile I will stay in the tropics where the climate has not changed in at least 120 years, and never changes. We only have weather change.

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Labor’s impending demise …

At long last, the Royal Commission into Trade Union Corruption and Governance begins today. Just a pity it wont be televised, as I would pay to watch. The Labor Party is the Party of Trade Unions: http://www.tradeunionroyalcommission.gov.au/Hearings/Pages/default.aspx

Hearings, orders and transcripts

Upcoming public hearings

9 April 2014 – Preliminary Hearing

The Royal Commission will hold a preliminary hearing in Sydney at 10am on Wednesday 9 April 2014. At this hearing, the Commissioner the Hon John Dyson Heydon AC QC will make a formal statement outlining the broad direction of the Royal Commission. Counsel assisting will also make an opening statement. No witnesses will be called at this preliminary hearing.

The preliminary hearing will be held at level 17, 1 Farrer Place in Sydney. It will be open to the public although seating will be limited.

A transcript of the hearing will be available on this website shortly after the hearing.

Information about public hearings

Public hearings of the Royal Commission are open to the public. The hearings will be presided over by the Commissioner.

Who can attend?

The Royal Commission’s public hearings will be open to the public and members of the media. Any person interested in the work of the Royal Commission may attend, although seating will be limited.

Public hearing protocols

The Royal Commission’s public hearings will be formal. When you enter and exit the hearing room, it is customary to pause and bow your head towards the Australian coat of arms above where the Commissioner sits.

The Commissioner is the Hon. John Dyson Heydon AC QC. When the Commissioner enters or leaves the hearing room, it is customary to stand and bow your head. You should remain standing until the Commissioner has entered the room and has been seated, or has left the room, or until the Commissioner indicates for people to be seated.

The use of all electronic equipment, including cameras and recording devices, is prohibited in the hearing room. Mobile phones must be turned off.

You are not permitted to talk loudly, eat, chew gum or smoke in the hearing room. Please note that you should also keep noise to a minimum while entering and exiting and immediately outside the hearing room so as not to interrupt the proceedings.

Transcripts

Transcripts of the public hearings will be uploaded to the Royal Commission’s website as soon as possible.

Applying for authorisation to appear

The Royal Commission will issue Practice Directions to assist parties, witnesses and members of the public. For further information, please see the Practice Directions page of this website.

Following last weekend’s disastrous election result by Labor, these hearings could be their death-knell. In Broome, the Greens even outscored the Labor Party.

Today’s proceedings, as seen by Michael Smith at MSNews, pictured here with whistleblower, Bob Kernohan:

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Whistleblower Kathy Jackson is also at the Commission, talks to the media, also puts in a large legal claim against the Health Services Union. Read (and listen to) the rest at Michael Smith’s link.

 

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