Archive for March 14, 2012

The latest State of the Climate report provided by the peak Australian scientific body CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology has nailed shut any escape route for climate change deniers. In fact the report reveals that Australia is set to suffer massive damaging effects from human induced climate change.

According to CSIRO, Australian average temperatures are projected to rise by 0.6 to 1.5 ºC by 2030. If global greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow at rates consistent with past trends, warming is projected to be in the range of 2.2 to 5.0 ºC by 2070.

The report also confirms human induced climate change is the most likely cause:

 “International research shows that it is extremely unlikely that the observed warming could be explained by natural causes alone.”

“Evidence of human influence has been detected in ocean warming, sea-level rise, continental-average temperatures, temperature extremes and wind patterns. CSIRO research has shown that higher greenhouse gas levels are likely to have caused about half of the winter rainfall reduction in south-west Western Australia.”

So enormous are the implications of up to 5 degree centigrade warming, those persons and organisations continuing  deliberate campaigns to mislead the public and influence policy makers, should be regarded as dangerous criminals. Delaying action on climate change will certainly cost lives and livelihoods, and will wipe out many species inhabiting the earth.

Some scientists are concerned that temperature increases above 4 degrees centigrade will upset the balance between respiration and photosynthesis. This will result in plants producing more carbon dioxide than oxygen. If this happens and cannot be reversed the human race will join the ranks of extinct species.

It is time for all of us to wake up to the fact that a carbon tax is a lesser evil than death or extinction of our species.

It is also time to take action on the political front by writing to our members and potential members of parliament and demand effective steps to save our country and our communities from the looming disaster of unstoppable climate change. At the next elections it is imperative that we dump those MPs who have become reliant on handouts from polluting corporations.

It should be noted that there is a time lag of twenty to thirty years before atmospheric carbon increases are manifested as rises in global temperature. Our current higher temperature is due to atmospheric carbon increases  of thirty years ago.

The impacts of the significantly higher levels of CO2  produced this decade will not be experienced for twenty years. Our children and grandchildren will suffer significantly for our folly and there is nothing we can do about that level of suffering.

If we fail to act decisively now we could well be living  in the last century of human civilisation.

The CSIRO summary document (15/03/12) is a free pdf download on the hotlink below…

George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949):

“Here were produced rubbishy newspapers containing almost nothing except sport, crime and astrology, sensational five-cent novelettes, films oozing with sex, and sentimental songs which were composed entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator.”

The Sun website (14/03/12):

Get the latest news and features at The Sun – Showbiz, babes, celebrities, sport and racing, national and Page 360 FREE on Sun iPad app  SOLDIER questioned after girlfriend is stabbed to death in front of her four-year-old son

Textbook Murdoch. Tragic.

The March 2012 issue of the Psychologist (Brit Psych Soc.) cites a fantastic new initiative and resource aimed at broadening ‘UNDERSTANDING of MENTAL HEALTH’.

“This pack is an invaluable resource for anyone educating others about mental health. It is perfect for schools, but should also be used elsewhere. Training volunteers, police officers, and medical students are all possibilities.”

David Rye, Chairman of ‘Working Mind’ (part of the UK mental health charity, ‘Mind’)

The pack contains over 100 personal accounts of people with mental health issues and was put together by researchers at Surrey Child & Adolescent MH Services, the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is endorsed by the BPS.

It is free to download and includes teacher/trainer resources, in addition to the 100+ perspectives from people in the community:

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