Category Archives: atmospheric science

Realists, butterflies and the lunacy that is Carmichael

It’s up to science, not Barnaby Joyce, to determine what’s real and what isn’t.   In Barnaby Joyce’s eyes, people who support schemes like Queensland’s proposed $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine are “realists”. Those who don’t are people who prefer … Continue reading

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A greenhouse bomb primed to explode

If the predicted methane “pulse” comes to pass we will have a whole new climate ball-game. The name Siberia is said to derive from a Tartar phrase meaning “sleeping land”. That sleeping land is now waking up. The mean temperature … Continue reading

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A fool’s choice of energy options in a world of extremes

The Coalition’s combative approach to energy policy is getting us nowhere. Extreme weather is a fraught business. The fact that it can kill us and destroy homes and crops and infrastructures is reason enough to become anxious when it descends … Continue reading

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