cane toads march on … bird numbers recover

Cane toads have begun their ‘death-march’ across the Kimberley over the past four or five  years. Some predators, like freshwater crocodiles and monitor lizards are being almost wiped out, and others like quolls are being trained to avoid the toads and their spawn.

One benefit surprisingly is the effect on birds:

A pity that feral cats learn too quickly that the toads are poisonous.

[…] An honours student did an intensive investigation of the finches, which nest in the low-growing pandanus (Pandanaceae) tree.

They checked one hundred nests every two days, following the birds through to fledgling stage and using cameras on nests to demonstrate the predation rates.

The two studies showed the finch population increased because the two goanna species preying on eggs and fledglings, the monitor lizards V. mitchelli and V. mertensi, had declined by nearly 50 per cent.

“You get these predators dropping out essentially and their prey numbers go up and the prey numbers of those animals goes down and we get all these shifts,” Prof Doody says.

“In some systems it can be like that puzzle game where you pull one piece out and you hope the whole thing doesn’t fall apart.


Pindan post and Pandanus Palms

Pindan post and Pandanus Palms

Cane toad disposal point

Cane toad disposal point

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superfood, super-medicine …

Vitamin C, now shown to have more useful medicinal properties:

Decades ago, Nobel Prize–winning chemist Linus Pauling was relegated to the fringes of medicine after championing the idea that vitamin C could combat a host of medical conditions, including cancer. Now, a study published online this week by Science reports that vitamin C can kill tumor cells that c…


 Christopher J Shaker VITAMIN C RESEARCH

Vitamin C selectively kills KRAS and BRAF mutant colorectal cancer cells by targeting GAPDH
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↵* Present address: Department of Biological Sciences, New York City College of Technology, City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA, and Arthritis and Tissue Degeneration Program and David Z. Rosensweig Genomics Research Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 10021, USA.

Christopher J Shaker Different results when Vitamin C administered via injection – vs orally….
High-Dose Parenteral Ascorbate Enhanced Chemosensitivity of Ovarian Cancer and Reduced Toxicity of ChemotherapySee More


Tom Harley The best source of VitaminC? My current ongoing project: 

Our project aims have now been pushed by the local media. The basic premise behind our plant nursery…

Update, combine that with ginger:

In a Georga State University studying the effects of ginger extract on living cells, researchers found that ginger extract induced growth-inhibition and death on…
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the obsession that puts out the lights …

It’s an energy crisis. No, not the blackouts from South Australia when the wind stopped blowing. Or the demands for mothballed power to take up the shortfall in the UK, costing up to 5 times regular power generation. It’s Dr Judith Curry’s energy review which caught the crisis underway: Week in review – energy and policy edition

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

The Limits of the ‘Tobacco Strategy’ on Climate Change [link] …

Charles Moore: The Obsession With Global Warming Will Put The Lights Out All over Britain [link]

China is building nuclear reactors quickly and cheaply—about 5 years per reactor and $2000 to $2500 per kilowatt [link]

Overview of Republican candidates perspectives on climate change [link]

China burns much more #coal than reported, complicating climate talks [link]

500 new coal plants under construction in Asia because… coal’s cheap. [link]


nursery 040

No 3 phase power available here.

Keep reading, more at the top link. An energy crisis for the Green Blob? What’s not to like about all that coal, natural gas and nuclear power plants under construction. Solar power and wind power are just not up to scratch. It’s not even close.

Not a crisis, but a catastrophe!

2015-11-07-04-24-31The obsession with global warming will put the lights out all over Britain – Telegraph

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record snow, for the warmest year …

Warmest year, or a looming ice age: Snow grow situation

 […] points us to this article at a blog that specialises in monitoring snow patches in the Scottish Highlands. The trend in August snow patches is not what you’d expect.

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the top job …

The UN has a new janitor:

It was be grossly unfair on the rest of the world if the Turnbull Government, knowing the real Kevin Rudd, backed his candidancy for the UN’s top job. Yet I suspect it will:

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has taken a new key post with a global agency in a move that will further stoke speculation he has the role of UN Secretary-General in his sights.

Mr Rudd has been appointed chair of the global sanitation and water partnership Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), whose goal is to achieve universal access to sanitation and safe drinking water.

The agency partners with more than 90 governments, organisations and development bodies, including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Program.

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much more CO2 doubles crop yields …

More concentrated use of that super plant food is producing fantastic increases in major crops around the globe. Additional atmospheric CO2 is doubling the bio-mass of some crops like sunflower and wheat, and improving germination rates of others, such as rice. All the while, getting by with less water.

Benefits of Atmospheric CO2 Enrichment on Sunflower — Summary (4 November 2015)
The common sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is a large annual forb of the genus Helianthus. As one of the top 35 crops in terms of global food production, it is important to understand how this important agricultural species will respond to increases in the air’s CO2 content. This summary reviews the results of several important studies evaluating the impacts of elevated CO2 and other growth-related variables on sunflower plants…

Will Rising Atmospheric CO2 Reduce the Germination Rate of Rice Seeds? (4 November 2015)
The authors of this paper hypothesized that it would, but the evidence from their experiment reveals the growth enhancing benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on rice yields will continue into the future, as seeds from today’s cultivars germinate and sprout anew — without detriment — into the harvests of tomorrow…


The folly of using CO2 as the Green Blob’s reason to fleece taxpayers is rapidly coming undone.

With 300ppm extra CO2, sunflowers show a doubling of biomass:

Pal et al. (2014)

Shoot biomass of the DRSH 1 variety of well-watered and adequately-fertilized plants grown from seed to maturity out-of-doors on a sandy loam soil within open-top chambers



Pal et al. (2014)

Shoot biomass of the DRSF 113 variety of well-watered and adequately-fertilized plants grown from seed to maturity out-of-doors on a sandy loam soil within open-top chambers

Wheat crops also receive a big boost too: Interactive Effects of Elevated CO2 and Air Pollution on Wheat — Summary (21 October 2015)
Atmospheric CO2 enrichment typically enhances photosynthesis and biomass production in wheat (Triticum aestivum) under normal growing conditions. But what happens when environmental conditions are less than ideal? This Summary investigates this question as it pertains to the impact of air pollutants on the growth and development of wheat, as learned from a number of scientific studies published on this topic…

Rice is also a major beneficiary of expanded CO2 production: […] And because seed germination “is an essential aspect of crop establishment,” as characterized by Chen et al., it would appear that the growth-enhancing benefits of atmospheric CO2 enrichment on rice yields will continue into the future, as seeds from today’s cultivars germinate and sprout anew — without detriment — into the harvests of tomorrow.

With an extra 300ppm of CO2, more than doubling of biomass in this trial:

De Costa et al. (2007)

Grain yield biomass of 16 different genotypes of rice grown in open-top chambers under standard lowland paddy culture with adequate water and nutrients at the Rice Research and Development Institute in Sri Lanka from May to August (yala season)
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frakking on, but not with the left …


Hello Frack Free Kimberley community!

Another year has passed and we are happy to report that there has NOT been any fracking by Buru’s at the headwaters of the Roebuck Plains, although unfortunately they did frack at the Valhalla and Asgard wells to the east near Noonkanbah.   But next year it might be different, so from now on you’ll be seeing more emails from me,  to keep you up-to-date and ready to spring into action when required.

This time there’s quite a bit of good news and some dates for your diary.


  1. At the annual ALP Conference, delegates voted for A MORATORIUM ON FRACKING which means that, if elected in 2017, the ALP would hold a public inquiry into gas fracking, and place a ban on any further gas fracking development until it can be shown that fracking will not compromise the environment, groundwater, public health or contribute adversely to climate change.  Yeehah!

I wont bore you with the rest.

The Labor’s decision to ban frakking will come to bite them hard. The Green Blob are cheering Labor on of course, I hope the truth bites when the next election cycle drops the left further into irrelevant territory, with Shorten likely to face legal challenges before then and the Green’s leader Di Natale, the less said the better.

There’s been  a fair bit of frakking in the Canning superbasin SE of Broome and is set to continue. That space is wide open, with no towns or settlements anywhere near. kidson 100Valhalla and Asgard wells have been frakked without any issues it appears. Yet Labor still pushes it’s carbon and climate change agenda as the main reason to stop fracking. Lunatics.

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CO2 is found to be not guilty … new paper

Dr David Evans, an extraordinary WA scientist who once worked for the Climate Commission, until he learned that the warming agenda wasn’t right, has produced his long-awaited new paper showing that CO2 has little influence on climate. The man-made portion of CO2 emissions, even less. Part 18 of his comprehensive mathematical calculations is now out:

New Science 18: Finally climate sensitivity calculated at just one tenth of official estimates.

Reflected solar radiation, emitted heat radiation, NASA, climate sensitivity, greenhouse gases

Image: NASA







Now let’s see if the warmist shouters and pocket-liners can falsify his work. Otherwise they will do the usual bullying and name-calling when they find they can’t fault it!

Congratulations to David and Jonova for this great effort. The conclusion: “The ECS might be almost zero, is likely less than 0.25 °C, and most likely less than 0.5 °C.”

Read it all. The full set of 18 posts can be found at Dr David Evans, 5 November 2015, Project home

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“additional interactions with wildlife”? … by killing them!

Bats and birds are more threatened than ever:

To Save Birds, Change Rules On Wind Turbines
“A recent report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls into question the wind industry’s assertion that birds fly well above wind turbines’ rotor blades. Using radar, researchers examined fall migration at two locations in Michigan. They found that the greatest density of birds and bats migrating at night occurred from 300 to 500 feet above ground. That’s almost directly at hub-height for the new generation of giant turbines.

Birds and bats “don’t have fixed lanes up there in the sky,” says Jeff Gosse, regional energy coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bloomington, Minn., and the report’s principal investigator. For instance, during poor weather, birds tend to fly lower. “As conditions change, they will change their altitude, also. As the report indicates, many birds and bats are flying within the current rotor swept zone.”

Before we rush to build thousands of turbines taller than many skyscrapers, with blade tips that often spin in excess of 100 miles per hour, we should pause to examine what we already know about turbines’ effects on wildlife. Concerns about birds — and bats, which turbines also kill in large numbers — have not gone unnoticed. (The Department of Energy report euphemistically acknowledges the need to address “additional interactions with wildlife.”)

Yet we already know what these “interactions” are. While existing wind turbines kill hundreds of thousands of birds annually, the projections are even more sobering: Scientists have estimated that as the number of turbines increases, they could kill more than a million birds each year by 2030.”

When the Department of Energy released a report this spring championing the construction of larger,…

 Shut down the building of more bird and bat killers, right now!

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the killing fields …

Not just the killing of birds, but even worse, the bats are under serious threat of survival. Wind turbines are a disaster!:

Why are wind farms killing so many bats?
Infrared video reveals bats get up close and personal with spinning blades
“Wind turbines mostly get bad press for killing birds, but they might actually have a bigger impact on bats, which appear to be killed in large numbers at wind farms. This might disproportionately affect bat populations because, as the authors of a new paper put it, “Bats are long-lived mammals with low reproductive potential and require high adult survivorship to maintain populations.””

Infrared video reveals bats get up close and personal with spinning blades.|By John Timmer


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