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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

12 January 2013


I am flattered to have been nominated by, a blog about politics and society, for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks, thepoliblog!

Here are the rules for accepting the award:

  • Display the award logo
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • State 7 interesting things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award and link to them
  • Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated

7 things about myself:

  1. I have been blogging for three years.
  2. The main focus of my blog is climate change politics.
  3. During 2010-2011 I was a regular writer for Skeptical Science, the first blog I nominate below.
  4. My favorite holiday destination is Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.
  5. I have been interested in astronomy from a young age.
  6. I collect Melway (Melbourne) street directories.
  7. I hate sport, and the amount of media coverage it receives.

I nominate the following 15 blogs for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (the first ten are on the same topic as my blog, climate change):

  1. – debunking climate change denialist arguments
  2. – comprehensive coverage of climate change issues
  3. – insightful commentary on climate change, environment, and US politics
  4. – making the case for emergency climate action
  5. – the statistics of climate change
  6. – commentary on climate change from a New Zealand perspective
  7. – watching climate deniers
  8. – debunking climate denialism, The Australian’s war on science, and other stuff
  9. – satirizing climate denial
  10. – reflections of an independent-minded environmentalist
  11. – insightful media criticism
  12. – debunking of bad astronomy by a not-really-bad astronomer
  13. – debunking pseudoscience in medicine
  14. – debunking of pseudoscience from the creator of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe podcast
  15. – about dwarf planets from the astronomer who “killed Pluto” (unfortunately has not updated for over a year)

I am not necessarily endorsing everything said on these blogs.


Good Arctic sea ice pic and vid

28 September 2012

I’ve already blogged about the record Arctic sea ice melt. The following picture and video further illustrate the point. This graphic from the Australian Conservation Foundation shows what the Arctic melt would look like if Australia was melting:

Note that Arctic sea ice volume has declined even more dramatically, with four-fifths disappearing in the 34-year record.

This video from The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media also explains it well:


Roundup of Carbon Tax Leaks

9 July 2011

On Monday it was announced that the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee’s negotiations were sufficiently advanced for the full policy to be announced at noon tomorrow, followed by a Prime Ministerial broadcast at 6:30 PM. The MPCCC has reached agreement, and independent Andrew Wilkie (who is not on the committee) has indicated he will support the policy, giving the Government the 76 votes it needs to get it through the House of Representatives and 40 votes in the Senate (where it needs 39). The coal industry is about to launch a multi-million dollar advertising campaign against it.

New details are being leaked out every day and it’s difficult to keep up with them all. So here’s a list of known or rumored decisions. Some of the details are hazy but will no doubt soon become clear. I don’t consider anything certain until the big announcement tomorrow.

  • 1 July: The MPCCC have discussed buying out some coal power plants and replacing them, though it sounds like they will be replaced by gas, not renewables. Notably, this is similar to one of the Liberal Party’s policies.
  • 3 July: The Government announced the carbon price will not include petrol, although it may be covered in the future. Oil is one of the three main fossil fuels, and excluding it halves the number of companies covered from 1,000 to 500. Liberal leader Tony Abbott complained the exclusion of petrol made it a “great disappearing carbon tax”, despite having campaigned daily for months against taxing petrol and credited himself with its exclusion.
  • 5 July: 90% of households will be compensated, 70% will be fully compensated, and three million will be overcompensated.
  • 5 July: Even Greens leader Bob Brown says Australia will not phase out coal in the next decade (though Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon rightly says it is possible).
  • 6 July: The Government announced free permits for coal – the worst of the conventional fossil fuels. The amount is said to be smaller than the $7.3 billion over ten years for coal in the old CPRS, but instead granted over five years. Labor freely admits the industry’s size would double by 2050 under its policy.
  • 6 July: CSIRO modeling says under a $26 per tonne carbon tax, fossil fuels will still supply half of Australia’s energy by 2035, and possibly even by 2050 with carbon capture and storage.
  • 7 July: Though one of the MPCCC’s original principles was revenue neutrality, reports say the policy will cost $4 billion over four years, or $1 billion per year. Some of the funds will come from cutting fuel tax rebates (worth $5 billion in 2010-2011 but it will only be cut for some industries).
  • 8 July: The Greens announced a new independent body called the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). ARENA will subsume $1.5 billion of existing renewable energy projects – the argument is management by an independent body will stop renewable energy money being constantly shuffled around. ARENA will also receive at least another $1.7 billion (apparently over ten years). It’s not clear where the money will come from – perhaps from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will be funded by carbon tax revenue ($10 billion over five years). Thankfully, carbon capture and storage will not be counted as clean energy.
  • 9 July: The starting price is reported to be $23 per tonne.
  • 9 July: The Government will be able to buy $1 billion of carbon offsets in the land sector, but they won’t count towards Australia’s international target. Companies can also buy carbon offsets, but they will be capped.

More tomorrow…


Skeptical Science posts

25 September 2010

I haven’t been posting very often recently, and one reason is that I’ve been busy writing for another climate blog called Skeptical Science which, unlike mine, actually has a readership. Skeptical Science is run by John Cook, and basically the core of the site is an increasingly comprehensive database of rebuttals to the arguments of global warming “skeptics” (currently it includes rebuttals to no less than 122 arguments). The site has been a major inspiration for me, particularly its politically neutral fact-based approach (unlike some other climate blogs I could name).

Earlier this year I started posting comments on Skeptical Science giving detailed feedback on how to improve the site, most of which John adopted. Then a few weeks ago, John announced that the site would now include basic, intermediate, and advanced versions of each rebuttal, and asked for volunteers to help write the basic versions. So, long story short, I’ve written a number of basic rebuttals for Skeptical Science:

The empirical evidence that humans are causing global warming

Is climate science settled? Especially the important parts?

Plain english rebuttal to ‘Global warming isn’t happening’ argument

I will continue to make contributions to Skeptical Science and will link to them.