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FRIDAY DOG BLOG: NOT DARK YET May 17, 2015

Posted by wmmbb in DOG BLOG -.
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While still in the mid-May it seems the Earth spins and rotates on, and does not wait for any man and his dogs. The result is that by late afternoon things start to get dark, and a little chilly over the past week. Often while the light seems adequate, the camera shows only darkened images.

Dexter and Hannah seem content to engage whatever smells they detect. It is very rare that Hannah would head tangentially and determinedly into the long grass, and rather than stop her, she discovered a recently dead rabbit with its eyes open. I did not know what to make of this evidence, and wondered whether leaving it as it was the right thing to do.

The next day, Hannah and Dexter were unusually agitated by what they could sense, except they were not heading into the long grass. I was looking at a wading bird, and attempting to photograph it. Then I saw the fox looking me. Then it turned and disappeared into the bush.

So I told my neighbour who has chooks that I had seen a fox. I am not sure to what measures a fox would take, providing there are alternative sources of food.

In turn that brings to mind the warming from the Bureau of Meteorology that El Nino is now underway with the general expectation of hotter, drier weathers conditions including the increased likelihood of bushfires. What is likely to happen to those animals, including wallabies and kangaroos that we normally do not see?

NOAA recently advised that CO2 reached a Global Average of 400 ppm. It seems that “the collective global we” has just liked through the hottest January-April since records began -the coolness record over Australia seems to accord with subjective, local experience. Various experts, including Professor Curry, appeared before the US House of Reps Committee, advocating, contrary to the majority of their climate science peers that link between human activity and atmospheric CO2 and global warming and climate change was unproven.

The application of careful observation, measurement and application of empirical findings is more difficult that it seems. Take the example of the declining level of water in the creek at the crossing, an as example.
As usual photos were taken, but were collated for the whole week, one way to remove redundancy mostly involving Dexter and Hannah in the momentary mood. Silent Partner was again invoked, and if the music is not great, at least the title fits, “A Walk In The Woods”:

There are other versions. Of course, the days got very much cooler. Nonetheless, I will stick with Bob Dylan – “Not Dark Yet” :

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1. wmmbb - May 17, 2015

i thought Dr Curry’s proposition “we don’t know” at the hearing was very unsatisfactory. In terms of the community of Climate Scientists, Dr Curry’s position is of a very small minority, and while her position can be respected and put forward, why not as well hear from the majority and their explanations. On the Millsian proposition that arguments can be compared and contrasted? . . . and Then There Is Physics commented.

2. wmmbb - May 17, 2015

They even talk about Australia’s Carbon Price during testimony before the US House of Reps Committee on Science, Space and Technology on 15 April 2015.

Dr Curry: [“Natural climate variability is the major factor in extreme weather. What causes natural climate variability we don’t know.”] Could natural climate variability be independent of system change?


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