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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG: TROUBLE ON THE WAY May 17, 2014

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Dexter and Hannah sometimes indicate that we are not alone. There could be trouble on the way, if I don’t take precautions. Ignoring the signs could be big mistake. There are somethings, such as motor bikes that can be heard clearly.

The governments of the world seem to be ignoring the trouble that climate change has in store and is expressing. Climate denial is costly. Ignoring potential problems does not make them go away.

Catherine Brahic in New Scientist reports:

A report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), published Monday, looks at the cost of converting to green electricity in order to keep global warming below 2 °C. The agency found that it will cost $44 trillion more than keeping the current mix, where most electricity comes from fossil fuels. The extra money will go on building wind and solar power stations, efficient grids, electric vehicles and infrastructure.

“We’re going to have to invest in our energy infrastructure anyway,” says David Elzinga, an IEA analyst in Paris, France. “If we want to transition to clean energy, that is going to cost us a bit more.”

In 2012 the IEA estimated the cost of the transition at $36 trillion, which is $8 trillion less than this year’s figure. To some extent, the rise is down to quirks in the calculations, such as changes in the value of the dollar. But there is one big factor: the longer we wait to take action on climate change, the more it costs.

Instead of investing in renewable energy now, companies are building coal power stations. These will have to be dismantled early to move to a greener grid, reducing return on the investment. What’s more, a later transition must be faster so companies will struggle to roll things out in the cheapest way.

Adding carbon dioxide seems to be the preferred option, together with it seems cutting down, in effect destroying ecosystems. On our walks the alluvial coal residues in the creek can be observed. Equally, the fact that the bush ecosystem has not been restored to its’ former self, prior to the deprecations of European settlement – those who had superior power, if not natural wisdom to the indigenous inhabitants.

Without satellites provides a global view. NASA has provided graphics of the location of forest fires in the first 10 days of May. We might pause to remember how important forests are in the scheme of things. Simeon Tegel notes in Global Post:

Forests provide humans with a long list of critical services, not the least of which is making oxygen. According to one conservation group, each tree exhales about 120 pounds of the life-giving gas per year.

“The rainfall patterns that are so important to the agriculture that sustains the human race around the world depend largely on forests,” says Steve Schwartzman, director of tropical forests at the Environmental Defense Fund.

It would be a “safe bet,” he adds, that without forests there would be famine.

As if that weren’t clear enough, he cites a recent study that shows that Californian agriculture would be hit by drought if the Amazon, which generates precipitation that falls in many distant corners of the globe, disappeared.

As well as warehousing more than half of all the planet’s animal and plant species, forests also soak up the carbon emissions that trigger climate change.

Steven Running, an ecosystems and conservation professor at the University of Montana, says: “Forests currently absorb about a quarter of fossil fuel carbon emissions. In other words, atmospheric carbon dioxide would be rising faster if forests weren’t helping us out. We better hope they keep doing so.”

None of this seems to make a difference to those should have the best advisers available and the interests of the common good in the forefront of decision making. Richard Flanagan reports the destruction of forests in Tasmania is out of control:

The hellish landscape that results from clearfelling – akin to a Great War battlefield – is generally turned into large monocultural plantations of either radiata pine or Eucalyptus nitens, sustained by such a heavy program of fertilisers and pesticides that water sources for some local communities have been contaminated by Atrazine, a controversial herbicide linked with cancer and banned in much of Europe. Blue-dyed carrots soaked in 1080 poison are laid on private plantations to kill native grazing animals that pose a threat to tree seedlings. The slaughter that results sees not only possums, wallabies and kangaroos die slowly, in agony, but other species – including wombats, bettongs and potoroos – killed in large numbers, despite being officially protected species.

The same tragic story can be witnessed from country to country. Homo sapiens are not living up to their name. The lack of “in-feeling” or empathy for the natural world has not always been true of human beings. However, it would seem if the “rip rip wood chip” mentality prevails there will be no hope for human survival. Like all other life forms on Earth we are utterly dependent on oxygen.

Dogs have other worries. They exercise a moral suasion to take them out. As a consequent I am better acquainted with the bush than I otherwise would be, and probably more physically active than I would be. While I have cause for gratitude, Dexter and Hannah appreciate I still grumble at them from time to time.

It was good to see that the grass had been mowed. FortunatelytThis week there were no problems experienced, or close shaves. The creek has stopped running at the crossing.

And there some photos:

Silent Partners supplied the music, “Every Step” (eventually, let’s hope).

The full moon this week may have been a portent:

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