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August Off-Topic Thread

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I should have set this up much earlier, and have done so now because I want to alert readers to an excellent essay by Willis Eschenbach about whether there has been any acceleration in sea-level rise in the satellite period. Sea-levels were the subject of a recent essay. He says No, after some straightforward analysis which is accessible to most readers. It might be more accurate to say that he cannot find any significant acceleration in the satellite data. The Comments are worth reading, because there are some interesting critical comments. And yes, Tamino says the opposite, but then Tamino…

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The May Off-Topic Thread

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This is intended for ideas and comments readers have that don’t fit neatly into the current topic for the week. I thank Margaret for reminding me!   Margaret May 19, 2017 at 10:08 am Probably for the off topic thread —  https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.smh.com.au/comment/blunt-instrument/good-debt-and-the-myth-of-the-prudent-pinstriped-coalition  

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The March Off-Topic Thread

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This is the place for comments which do not in my judgment have a clear relevance to the essay that began the thread. Neville says: February 26, 2017 at 7:46 am (Edit) More corruption and fra-d in the UK and these green fra-ds once again actually increase co2 emissions for even more waste of billions of $ for a zero return. Just incredible and Labor and the Greens will endlessly waste more billions here as well if they win the next election. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4255010/Idiocy-replacing-coal- power-stations-burning-wood.html Chris Warren says: February 26, 2017 at 8:14 am (Edit) Neville Grown-ups may have found a…

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Is the tide turning?

By | Climate Change, Environment, Media, Other, Politics, Religion, Research | 261 Comments

Even before the election of Donald Trump I had begun to think that there seemed within the body politic to be a move away from the notion that some kind of catastrophic doom faced humanity unless we kept carbon dioxide concentrations to 350 ppm/reduced greenhouse gas emissions/stopped mining coal/all bought electric cars, and the like. Now that President-elect Trump has set out some of what he proposes to do in the ‘climate change’ area, it seems that even in the mainstream media statements are being made that would have been unlikely before that Tuesday in November. What has drawn my…

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The US Presidential campaign and ‘climate change’

By | Climate Change, Environment, History, Other, Politics, Religion, Research | 15 Comments

Much more than a year will pass before Americans go to the polling places to elect the people who will elect the President, and already the candidates are appearing, some only to find out whether or not it is sensible to go for party endorsement (it is a hugely expensive business), and a few because they believe they will be there at the voting. I am not one of those who thinks that the Republicans will win if they choose Donald Trump. Almost everything about him turns me right off. His is the hubris that goes with being extraordinarily wealthy, an attribute…

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I guess that I am a ‘lukewarmer’

By | Climate Change, Environment, History, Language, Other, Politics, Religion, Research | 23 Comments

I’m pretty sure that somewhere along the track I have argued that putting people or ideas into categories, while it may be useful for an early stage in sorting things out, is deceptive if it is carried too far. We don’t live in a binary world, but one with multiple shades of meaning. Not only do we not have to choose between black and white, there are almost certainly more than fifty shades of grey (the book with that title I found I could not finish). In the ‘climate change’ domain those who criticise what I call ”the orthodoxy’, a…

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The last essay for this year

By | ABC, Books, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Environment, Food & Wine, Health, History, Humour, Indigenous, Language, Media, Music, Other, Politics, Religion, Research, Road Safety, Society, Sport, Theatre | 26 Comments

Even websites need a holiday, and mine starts tomorrow. I’m back at work in the week beginning 12 January, and wish all my readers a relaxing, safe and enjoyable holiday break too. I started this website in June 2012, so it is now two-and-a-half years old. Over that time it has attracted about 27,000 unique readers, who have in total visited the site more than 70,000 times, and read nearly 150,000 pages. Readers have made nearly 3,700 comments to my 608 posts, and of course to one another’s comments. Before I get carried away with such success, I should mention that my…

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