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Carbon tax a growth thing in Canada

A new report on the impact of the carbon tax introduced in the Canadian state of British Columbia four years ago shows the state’s GDP has grown faster than the rest of the nation that doesn’t have one.

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Once climbed, you never draw a Blanc and forget

The Mont Blanc massif is a vast glacier-draped beast that no one who has climbed on it will ever forget.

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Risky business in planning for rising sea levels

New government reports found a “worst-case scenario sea level rise of 1.1 metres” within 90 years would have a devastating impact, with as much as $266 billion worth of potential damage, writes David Spratt, climate change analyst and author of Climate Code Red.

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Global warming above 2° so far mitigated by accidental geo-engineering

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Science climate reports, global warming is already committed to a rise above two degrees, writes Dr Andrew Glikson, Earth and paleoclimate science, Australian National University

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A hot pink climate no laughing matter

Do climate scientists have a sense of humour, asks author David Spratt?

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Warning from the past: 21st century climate trends, tipping points

The current rate of greenhouse gas rise is unprecedented in Earth history, excepting global volcanic events and asteroid impacts, writes Dr Andrew Glikson, Earth and paleo-climate scientist at the ANU.

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Labor needs to act to avoid a hiding

Labor is in for a real public opinion hiding if the global warming debate continues to be about nothing more than who is going to pay how much more for what.

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NASA climate chief: Labor’s targets a ‘recipe for disaster’

NASA climate expert James Hansen says that the Australian government goals of limiting human-made warming to 2 degrees and CO2 to 450 ppm are prescriptions for disaster, writes author David Spratt

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Emergency response needed for more than floods

We need to leave Mother Nature alone, and stop loading the atmosphere with carbon emissions, so that more extreme climate events do not tumble down upon us with increasing frequency, writes David Spratt, co-author of the book Climate Code Red.

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Mental health on the agenda? Not likely

A survey of the mental health of young people shows that one in four Australians aged 16–24 years had a mental disorder in 2007. Plus, the changing glacier and other political snippets.

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Australia’s nearest glaciers now a rocky outcrop

The rapidly vanishing glaciers of West Papua have made a rocky tower called Sumantri the second highest peak in Indonesia. Nearby Ngga Pulu has lost its glacial cap and its highest peak status.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

The rot has stopped. The new Premier of NSW Kristina Keneally might be a long way from steering her party to a win at the next state election but she has at least stopped the rot. The Newspoll accumulation of data from its past two months of national polls shows a modest, and probably significant, […]

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The Times (UK) | ENVIRONMENT|

Did the IPCC cash-in on melting glaciers?

Glaciergate” continues: The UK Times is accusing the IPCC and its chairperson, Rajendra Pachaur, of using its now refuted claim that the Himalayan glaciers will melt by 2035 “to win grants worth hundreds of thousands of pounds”.

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How the Murdoch press got it wrong on the Himalayan big melt

We should not let a debate about timing undermine our acceptance of the fundamental threat of the loss of the Asian glaciers, write Damien Lawson and David Spratt.

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Crikey Clarifier: how the IPCC works

This week, the IPCC was thrown into controversy when it was revealed that its long-held claim that global warming will melt most of the Himalayan glaciers by 2035 was incorrect. Climate law and policy expert Andrew Macintosh explains how things could go so wrong.

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Melting glaciers: the canary in the mine shaft of global warming

The career-driven, social agenda-driven scaremongering frenzy of the IPCC over global warming is totally unnecessary when glaciers already tell the tale.

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Larvartus Prodeo | ENVIRONMENT|

The terrifying impact of rising sea levels

How will different proposed levels of rising levels affect different countries? Larvartus Prodeo map possible changes from the low lying Maldives to the US, comparing it to historical developments of sea levels.

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Daily Reckoning | ENVIRONMENT|

Population boom bursts water demands

China and India are two growing super powers, who currently use less than the global average for water. However, as their population boom, so will their need for fresh water. Hence their working relationship regarding the health of the Himalayan glaciers.

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The real meaning of 450-550 ppm CO2 targets

There is little evidence the IPCC reports have taken the full implications of 450 — 550 ppm targets for the terrestrial environment and survival of civilization into account, writes Andrew Glikson.

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State of the planet

Melting glaciers and ice cap will drive sea level rise … California’s attack of the jumbo squid … Southeast Europe sizzles, north hit by storms, tornado … Most slaughtered whales ‘pregnant’

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