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CSIRO slams carbon reduction strategies

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 29, 2006

I don’t supose they have ever pulled thier punches, but this article helps to compile “the state of the game’ as far as the green house gas emissions is concerned. It highlights why this stupid carbon credits idea will never work.

  1. China won’t join
  2. How to police/register/monitor automobiles, stoves, furnaces… every driver has credits/debits?
  3. Who pays (say a nation like Canada, or a person like me when we successfully reduce emissions.)
  4. Or if you draw a line under say power-stations, where do you draw the line, and how do you compensate those above the line?

Heres a quote, I encourage you to read the article, and post any others in the comments. I will highlight them down the track.

Monday, 27 November 2006 Cosmos Online  SYDNEY: The rate of increase in carbon dioxide emissions has more than doubled since the 1990s, according to a new Australian study, raising fears that the rising levels of carbon dioxide may be unstoppable.


Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station in Tasmania. Air samples collected here indicate that carbon emissions have more than doubled since the 1990s

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Summary of the Australian Nuclear Power Debate

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 22, 2006

coolingtowers221106.jpgI saw this as I was scrolling through a few days backlog.

1. It is a long post, but covers a lot of territory.
2. I have been to several doctors and hurt my bad back in the process (getting an X-Ray!) I will be tied up a bit next week as I have ANOTHER MRI and more specialists. Starting to look like they may actually operate!!!

Anyway, the nuclear issue in Australia is really kicking on. I have a few other posts that should be before this quote from the ABC, but they will come 2-morrow!!! I decided to summarize into one post. They are all basically from the ABC News Online; although that not where I first found it, they do good, clear concise stories!

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Gobal warming may wipe out most birds

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

sunset160404.jpgABC News in Science� – Global warming may wipe out most birds�Tuesday, 14 November 2006

Birds, Seabirds and migratory birds are early responders to changes in climate, according to a new report. Hmm, I hope they got the bull by the horns.

Nearly three quarters of all bird species in northeast Australia and more than a third in Europe could become extinct unless efforts to stop global warming are stepped up, a report says.

Up to 72% of bird species in northeastern Australia and 38% of bird species in Europe could disappear completely if the planet’s temperature continues to rise, according to the international environmental group WWF.

This report finds certain bird groups, such as seabirds and migratory birds, to be early, very sensitive responders to current levels of climate change,” says WWF’s director of climate change policy Hans Verolme.

“Large-scale bird extinctions may occur sooner than we thought,” he says in Bird species and climate change: the global status report, released today on the sidelines of the UN climate change conference in Nairobi. Read the rest of this entry »

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Subject: politically-correctness: the ugly side

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 15, 2006

topiccensorship.gifI received this from a friend in an E-mail today.
      1. It is a joke?
      2. It scary how close to reality it is
      3. Will common sense ever win out?

CHILDREN at a British childcare centre have been taught to sing “Baa baa rainbow sheep” to avoid causing offense.

NEWS.com.au asked their readers to rewrite your favourite nursery rhyme to make it more politically correct. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caffiene helps concentration? Fact or Falacy?

Posted by Pat Kershaw on November 12, 2006

Caffiene helps concentration? Fact or Falacy?

I have always loved a good cup of coffee, and am always hearing all the old wives tales about it. here is an article from Cognitive Daily. I certainly are not going to stop drinking it. Besides with the painkillers I am on a bit of cafiene may actually help. I am trying a new post style, Let me know what you think. I have to much time not being able to get out due to the pain, so can’t stop playing to keep mind occupied!

Cognitive Daily: Caffeine and concentration

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If you’re like me, sometimes you feel as if you couldn’t get anything done at all if it weren’t for coffee. I’m sipping from a cup right now as I write this (a double Americano, in case you’re curious). Caffeine seems to perk me up just enough to organize my thoughts into a coherent whole.But Hugo at AlphaPsy points out that caffeine’s effects aren’t all good. If you give a spider a large dose, her web will be a random mess instead of a beautiful spiral. Even more fascinating are the human responses to arguments while under the influence of caffeine: In these experiments, people were made to drink an orange juice before they proceeded. In one condition, the orange juice contained some added caffeine: in the other it was pure orange juice. When the attitudes were measured after the persuasive message, it was found that the attitudes of participants under caffeine had changed more than that of the control participants.But coffee doesn’t just make you more gullible: quite the contrary. In another experiment, the researchers studied the effect of argument strength. They did exactly the same thing as in the first case, but this time there were two types of arguments: the strong ones and the weak ones. It turns out that people under caffeine are not more convinced by weak arguments, but only by strong ones. So in fact caffeine makes you more suited to understand the strength of good arguments.Potent stuff, this caffeine.

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