2018-06-08 08:36:37 UTC
It has been calculated theoretically that, if there are no other
changes in the climate system, a doubling of the atmospheric CO2
concentration would cause less than 1 deg C of surface warming (about
1 deg. F). This is NOT a controversial statement -- it is well understood
by climate scientists. (As of 2008, we were about 40% to 45% of the
way toward a doubling of atmospheric CO2.)
-- Dr Roy W. Spencer, "Global Warming 101", 2008
Causes of irregularities in trends of global mean surface temperature
since the late 19th century
A new study finds that global temperatures since 1891 can be
successfully estimated from a combination of natural and human forcing
factors, including internal climate variability, by using a multiple
regression technique. The relative contributions of the various
forcing factors to temperature changes vary in time, but most of the
warming since 1891 is found to be attributable to the net influence of
increasing greenhouse gases and anthropogenic aerosols. The only
serious disagreements between the reconstructions and observations
occur during the Second World War in the period 1944-1945, when
observed near-worldwide sea surface temperatures may be significantly
warm-biased. The generally high reconstruction accuracy shows that
known external and internal forcing factors explain all the main
variations in temperatures between 1891 and 2015. -- Science Advances
Government greenlight for onshore wind subsidies - as long as they're
on an island
Jillian Ambrose, The Telegraph
Lights could go off in Northern Ireland without a Brexit deal
Francis Elliott, The Times
One in 3 Brits 'willing to pay more to go 100% electric'
Priyanka Shrestha, Energy Live News
Europeans now burn more palm oil in their cars than they eat
Michael Le Page, New Scientist
US Cities Need to Plan for an Influx of Internal Climate Refugees
Victoria Herrmann, Scientific American
Solar Farms Produce Power - and Food
Frank Jossi, Scientific American
Germany eyes tougher CO2 emissions rules for cars in EU
Hans-Edzard Busemann, Reuters
National party comments on drought and climate 'a disservice' to farmers
Lisa Cox, The Guardian
New rating system clarifies real-world NOx emissions
Cesca Turton, The Telegraph
Coal miner's death after silicosis diagnosis a warning on dangerous
* Brisbane tunnel workers face lung disease from silica exposure: expert
* Black lung health scheme needs 'major overhaul', review finds
* 'Black lung' makes comeback in Queensland coal mines
ABC 7.30, 07 Jun 2018 6:53pm
Queensland miner Tyrone Buckton never spent a day underground but last week
died after being diagnosed with silicosis.
The lung disease is caused by high levels of exposure to silica dust, which
the union says could pose a greater workplace hazard than coal dust.
Mr Buckton worked at the Goonyella Riverside open cut coal mine, which is
owned by BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi, for more than 30 years.
He was diagnosed with silicosis last Oct.
Al Jazeera Weather @AJEWeather 07 Jun 2018 07:14Z
Flood warnings issued across Western Australia's Pilbara district after
three times the monthly average falls in 2 days.
Qld truckie recovers from puncture wounds after fighting off 'beast' of a
ABC Sunshine Coast, 07 Jun 2018 08:03Z
* Cats are killing more than 1 mn birds in Australia every day
* Central Queensland council sticks by bounty on 'monster' feral cats
* Fighting feral cats with lasers and poison spray
A Queensland man's encounter with an "enormous" feral cat he says was the
size of a cattle dog resembles a modern-day Crocodile Dundee script.
Adam Whitehouse has lived in the bush for more than a decade, but has never
seen anything like the recent incident on the veranda of his Kybong home,
south of Gympie in Queensland.
Christian Porter defends media after Chinese diplomat's accusations
ABC News, 07 Jun 2018 09:22Z
Attorney-General Christian Porter launches a strident defence of the press
after another senior Chinese diplomat accuses the Australian media of
fabricating stories about Beijing's influence in Australia.
Al Jazeera Weather @AJEWeather 07 Jun 2018 12:13Z
Tropical Storm Aletta strengthens off the west coast of Mexico
Al Jazeera Weather @AJEWeather 07 Jun 2018 12:14Z
Tropical Storm Ewiniar kills 4 people in south China's Guangdong Province
Shark Bay dolphins use 'unusual' method of keeping track of friend or foe
ABC News, 07 Jun 2018 16:23Z
Male dolphins in the Shark Bay world heritage site use individual names for
each other rather than a group name, but can still recognise friend from foe,
and researchers now think they know how it works.
US screens more staff in China over mystery health issues
ABC News, 07 Jun 2018 17:04Z
A US medical team is screening more Americans who work at a consulate in
southern China, with the State Dept confirming it has evacuated a
number of employees who have experienced unexplained health issues like
those that affected US personnel in Cuba and China.
China furious, as Government and Labor unite on barriers against
ABC News, 08 Jun 2018
New laws to counter foreign interference that have infuriated Chinese
authorities receive bipartisan support, with Bill Shorten sticking like glue
to the Government on national security issues for reasons of politics as
well as substance, writes Michelle Grattan.
Due to higher costs, coal and even gas are being utilized less and less in
favor of lower priced and less polluting renewables.
Image source: Think Progress and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Perth weather: Cold snap as winter hits southern half of WA with a vengeance
ABC News, 08 Jun 2018 11:28am
Winter has hit Perth with a shock after temperatures dipped to 4.7 degrees
Celsius, making this morning the coldest day of the year so far.
BC company Carbon Engineering says it can extract CO2 from air for $100/t
ABC News, 08 Jun 2018 01:41Z
[Current rate approx $600/t. CE says its process also uses 30x less
land area than biofuels].
The DoE May Bail Out Failing Coal Plants in the Name of National ...
Futurism, 04 Jun 2018
The Trump administration's latest plan to "save" coal? Force companies to
pay for it. In the United States, coal and nuclear power are on their ...
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