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Days of August September 5, 2017

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August, was to me, one of the coldest that I have ever experienced. Overall, the Bureau of Meteorology reports:

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Last Days of July August 3, 2017

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I was walking a few kilometers every day. I thought I was going OK. Dexter and Hannah express disappointment if I do not take them out. Then I was undermined what I thought at the time would be a critical injury. I seemed to tear my knee and the muscles. I had difficulty getting out of a chair. The remedy, after going to the doctor was, simple and almost immediately effective. The application of anti-inflammatory gel worked almost immediately.

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Slow March April 1, 2017

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As the BBC noted “It’s been a week of flooding in Peru, a heatwave in India and rain hitting South-East Asia.” And in Australia there has been Cyclone Debbie and its consequences.

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Continuing Rain March 26, 2017

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The rain keeps falling. As they say it is weather for ducks,and because the creek was flooding we took a walk up to the dam.We had a storm on Wednesday, but with luck and the information that is now readily to hand, we  got home before  it occurred.

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Summer has Gone? March 12, 2017

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The world keeps on turning. That part of the system is pretty constant. Natural systems almost invite variation, and that would be equally true for embedded
sub-systems whether they are human or canine bodies for instance. Still if there were usual variation in the in the rotation of the Earth or its axis, such a change would not escape instant attention.

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Where are we going? January 6, 2016

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Ben Eltham, in his review of last year, argues that politicians in Australia have been to the larger, often underlying drivers of events. ( I am taking liberties with my arguments.)

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El Nino and Rain in South America December 31, 2015

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It was a puzzle to me as how El Nino would be attributed as the cause for the heavy rain and flooding in Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. So I posed the question at Skeptical Science with responses: How did El Nino bring on these heavy rains?.

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Some Thoughts on the Climate Crisis July 3, 2015

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I posted comments at Catallaxy, to some expected hostility (perhaps understandable since I transgressed into their territory) but mostly in “dialogue” with Bruce of Newcastle. I am re-posting to keep and add links, and to review what I presented.

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Can Natural Variation explain Climate Change? June 26, 2015

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Climate for many of us is outside our preview. It is said that weather forecasts are accurate up to about five days. If you said to me that 1998 was a particularly hot year, I would have to say I did not notice at the time, and I cannot remember. Although, short of consulting with neighbours, I think it was around that time that one day the trains stopped, got on bus and drove through a flooded highway. I could be wrong.

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“Making Sense of Climate Denial” June 8, 2015

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Several arguments have been proposed to deny the implications of climate change, its scientific causality and its political implications. Often, and contrary to expectations the proponents of climate science denial are capable scientific and mathematical reasoners. This was supported in this research by Kahan et al. The implication is that scientific denial arises from motivated reasoning. Rather than to be dismissive of others such an observation might illuminate a greater sense of self awareness.
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PORTENTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE May 26, 2015

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Systematic climate change has political implications. All human beings live on the same planet. I notice (to my surprise) that people seem to respond directly to photos of the sky and clouds and the stars. We share the atmosphere and the ocean.
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A COMMENT MADE . . . May 11, 2015

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Jo Nova has a discussion around the commentary by Maurice Newman in The Australian.
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THE CLIMATE CHANGE PROBLEM February 10, 2015

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Climate change is a problem that will not go away. It is as Kevin Rudd said: “the greatest moral, economic and social challenge of our time” I would prefer to describe it as “the defining issue of our time” – a rhetoric co-opted for income inequality.
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SYNTHESIS REPORT OF IPCC’S FIFTH ASSESSMENT REPORT November 6, 2014

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The  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an interesting institution within which climate scientists from around the globe work together.  What is possible for science, remains impossible for politics. I notice that the report is dedicated to the memory of  Stephen H. Schneider 1945 – 2010.

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CLOUD COVER AND OCEAN CYCLES October 3, 2014

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It may seem odd that political attention and resources are focused now on Sunni extremists, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and not on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa or Climate Change. We are told that the Government’s focus is to keep Australians safe.
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WARMING OR COOLING? April 25, 2014

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Good to see that Maurice Newman is holding to his position that dismisses the scientific theory of climate change caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in which Carbon Dioxide gas emissions play a critical role.

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INDIFFERENCE TO IPCC REPORTS April 4, 2014

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fifth assessment report on Climate Change impacts Monday. The Second Working Group was concerned with impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

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CALM BEFORE THE STORM February 27, 2014

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Nicolas Loris claims: “It’s time for calm on Climate Change”. Looks like climate scientists are not rigorously trained in the disciplines of science.
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CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE February 21, 2014

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The climate crisis is not going to go away. The Government has abolished the Climate Commission, and intends, when it has the numbers in the Senate to abolish the Climate Change Authority and the Carbon Tax.

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CAN’T BE HAPPENING February 15, 2014

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Political power decides reality until the point is reached when reality defines political power. Something like this seems to be playing in relation to the extreme weather events and climate patterns that are becoming so apparent that they can no longer be ignored.
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