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This Summer is Angry, Are You?

[Published Independent Australia 10th Feb]

I still encounter people who say ‘There’s always been climate change’, meaning don’t worry about global warming,  it’s not our fault and there’s nothing we can do about it. You hear other excuses too. So should we not worry about the Reef and the rivers, about Townsville, about Tasmania, about the kelp forests and the mangrove forests and the many other symptoms of a climate awry?

Do the ‘sceptics’ think the scientists haven’t thought of all the ‘reasons’ they find to ignore global warming? Evidently so. But of course the scientists aren’t quite that stupid. They have thought of all those possible ways out of the conclusions, and a lot more besides. They’ve checked them all out. They don’t work.

Global warming, caused by us, is still there, pretty much on the course predicted decades ago. Except that it may now be accelerating.

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The Durban Roadmap to Extreme Climate Danger

[Published on ABC’s The Drum Opinion 13 Dec]

Climate negotiators in Durban have agreed to a “roadmap” that would leave the world at high risk of severe or catastrophic global warming.  They have belatedly agreed to discuss adopting outdated targets that would not come into force until 2020, far too late by current climate criteria.

Recent studies require greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced much faster than previously proposed, to give us even a moderate chance of keeping warming below two degrees Celsius (2°C).  Meanwhile the climate science now says the threshold of “dangerous” warming is only 1°C.

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