Climate change: and the new Al Gore film

I’ve just been to see the new film: ‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’. Ten years after the first film, ‘An Inconvenient truth’ it exposes the effects of climate change on the melting of the Greenland glaciers, the effects of increasingly severe storms in the Philippines, increasing rain causing flooding, increasing solar energy causing drought – the list goes on.

It documents the negotiations of the Paris Climate Agreement to get India on board (India contributes 65% of the world’s carbon emissions). It made it very clear to me why we in Australia should not be selling coal to India.

It documents the move to train youth in reducing carbon emissions. I think this is an important film to be seen by students and all concerned individuals. Its on at the Gold Coast Arts Centre and other cinemas.

The decreasing cost of solar cells has meant many towns in the USA have switched to 100% solar power to fulfil all their power needs. Other countries are following them.

The climate change skeptics are becoming increasingly isolated as the evidence accumulates. President Trump in not ratifying the Paris agreement, is out of step with his people and likely to see further unrest in the USA, as social protest builds.

What does it take to protect the Reef?


Ex-Great Barrier Reef official criticises spoil dredging
Environmentalists and some scientists say dredge spoil will harm the Great Barrier Reef.
A former senior director with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has spoken out against the department’s decision to allow dredge spoil to be dumped in the marine park off Abbot Point.

Earlier this year the authority issued a permit for North Queensland Bulk Ports to dump three million cubic metres of dredged seabed offshore as part of a project to turn Abbot Point into one of the world’s biggest coal ports.

The decision followed Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the expansion.

Environmentalists and some scientists say the dredge spoil will harm the reef, while the federal government says developers must adhere to strict environmental conditions.

Jon Day, a former GBRMPA senior director, opposes the decision and the way it was made.

“I believe there were alternatives that weren’t properly considered when that decision was made,” he told ABC’s Four Corners which aired on Monday night.

“If we did a proper evaluation of all the alternatives, that decision would not have been made.”

Mr Day, spent two decades with the authority before resigning this year, said the spoil shouldn’t be dumped within the marine park.

“Our own legislative mandate says ‘the long-term protection and conservation of the values’, and we’re not doing that,” he said.

Mr Hunt said his advice was that disposing the spoil was safe.

“I did a very careful and deep review and what was clear is that we could tighten and strengthen the conditions,” he told the ABC.

GBRMPA chairman Russell Reichelt said he doesn’t believe the project will harm the reef.

“The risks around Abbot are low and approvals were given on that basis that they are manageable,” he said.

Internal emails obtained under Freedom of Information reportedly show that up until January this year GBRMPA experts were against the proposal.

Mr Reichelt told the ABC he had encouraged staff to air their views.

“The project changed considerably over the life to something that at the end a decision was made taking all of that into account that that disposal could occur safely,” he said.

In June next year the World Heritage Committee will decide if the reef should go on its “in danger” list.


Monday 18th August 2014

Four Corners and reporter Marian Wilkinson take you inside the agency that approved one of the most contentious environmental decisions this year. In January, the body tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef approved a plan to dump three million cubic metres of dredge spoil inside the marine park to expand the Abbot Point coal port.

The decision by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has shocked and angered the scientific community. Internal documents obtained by Four Corners reveal deep divisions between the scientists and bureaucrats behind the decision. They show that the dumping was approved despite previous recommendations from senior scientists that it be rejected.

“That decision has to be a political decision. It is not supported by science at all, and I was absolutely flabbergasted when I heard.” – Dr Charlie Veron, marine scientist

But the Chairman of the Marine Park Authority denies the decision was political and the Federal Environment Minister insists it will take place under the strictest environmental conditions.

Four Corners speaks to a senior director who recently left the Authority. He says bluntly that the dumping should not go ahead.

The dumping approval also comes as scientists are confirming a link between port dredging and deadly coral disease for the first time.

This week the Marine Park Authority released a report showing the Great Barrier Reef has significantly declined in just the last five years. It confirms climate change and ocean acidification are threatening the very survival of the reef.

It all comes at a critical moment in the reef’s history. In June, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee criticised the dumping decision. Next year it will decide whether to place the Great Barrier Reef on the World Heritage “In Danger” list.

“We’re dealing with a World Heritage area, the most important World Heritage area on the planet… Our own legislative mandate says ‘the long-term protection and conservation of the values’, and we’re not doing that.” – former director, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

BATTLE FOR THE REEF, reported by Marian Wilkinson and presented by Kerry O’Brien, goes to air on Monday 18th August at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 19th August at 11.00am and 11.35pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview.

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Tony Abbott has announced that the dredge spoil from Abbott Point will be disposed on land!!
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This week in the news, Australia

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Why haven’t we heard about this in the mainstream news reports:

Austin-based high-tech eco-friendly company Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has confirmed that 20 of its employees were confirmed passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Twelve are from Malaysia and eight are from China. The company’s key product solutions include those for electric vehicles.

“The entire Freescale Semiconductor community is deeply saddened by this news,” the company said in a written statement Saturday afternoon, adding it will provide more information as it becomes available. Freescale says its “key applications and end-markets include: automotive safety, hybrid and all-electric vehicles, next generation wireless infrastructure, smart energy management, portable medical devices, consumer appliances and smart mobile devices. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing and sales operations around the world. It is conceivable that the Malaysia plane is “cloaked,” hidden with high-tech electronic warfare weaponry that exists and is used by the military. The system can “make the real target appear to disappear or move about randomly. It is used effectively to protect aircraft from guided missiles.

“Most air forces use ECM to protect their aircraft from attack. It has also been deployed by military ships and recently on some advanced tanks to fool laser/IR guided missiles.

“Villagers near Marang, on Malaysia’s eastern coast, told police they heard a “loud and frightening noise” for about two minutes Saturday morning, according to Tom Phillips, a Telegraph correspondent in Kuala Lumpur.

Eight Marang islanders have filed police reports about hearing a loud and frightening noise. Some even ran toward the sound to see what was causing it – but saw nothing. That was about nine hours after the plane took off.

One of villager, Alias Salleh, 36, said he and seven fellow villagers were seated on a bench about 400 metres from the Marang beach at 1.20 A.M. when they heard a noise that sounded like the fan of a jet engine.

Alias Salleh, a truck driver told Malaysia’s The Sun Daily, he and friends ran towards the source of the noise, “but did not see anything unusual.”

The noise sounded like “the fan of a jet engine,” said Mr Salleh.

“My friends and I heard the ringing noise for about two minutes,” Mohd Yusri Mohd Yusof, a 34-year-old villager, said.

Marang is a town and the seat of Marang District, in the state of Terengganu, Malaysia. The town is on the South China Sea coast on the main highway between Kuala Terengganu and Kuantan

Last year, it was announced that new stealth technology makes airplanes invisible not only to radar, it also renders them hidden to the human eye as well — just like an invisibility cloak in a Hollywood sci-fi thriller.

Update from the Galactic Federation:

The Bible Code

I’ve just read The Bible Code and the Bible Code 2 by Michael Drosnin. The Bible Code is ecumenical, its for everyone. It was discovered since computer technology enabled a code breaking program to find words embedded in the original Hebrew text. Eli Rips the mathematician who found it, said that when he applied a computer he found words encoded far more than statistics allowed for by random chance. The code applied to recent history and was predictive. So 3000 years ago when the original Bible was composed, there was a code given which could only be accessed when computers became available and that code was predicting modern events before they happened.

This was startling by anyone’s standards. When other scientists starting confirming the maths, it confirmed that something was happening. It predicted the assasination of PM Yitzhak Rabin a year before it happened and he was given the prediction but did not prevent it from happening. He was shot in the back in 1995. There is evidence to suggest that changes in the geography or timing can change the outcome. In other words the predictions are a warning of an event which can be avoided. This appears to be the case in the predicted event of nuclear war in 2006.

It makes fascinating reading like an adventure story that is on-going. There is a reference to an object which will be discovered at Lisan Peninsula, near Mazra, in the Dead Sea on the Jordan side which is at its lowest level in hundreds of years. It’s 1300 ft below sea level and it’s a salt pan but the object which is said to be steel could be buried and the high salt content may have preserved it in the absence of oxygen. The object is some sort of code key. There are several references to it, Can’t wait for it to be discovered!

Tamborine Tree Vandals 2

The trees are all gone now. They were the reason I brought this place in 1996. They were the reason I built the gazibo for meditation. They were the rationale for being here.These newcomers next door have destroyed everything, no consideration, no consultation. Tree loppers just turned up at 7.30 and began cutting down trees. They removed a Eucalypt earlier when I was away in Sydney. I listened to the wind whispering through them the night before last, for the last time. I thought some would remain near my gazibo, but no, they took them all. Pine trees are the closest tree to our own energy, no wonder I’m feeling so low.

Just because they are not native doesn’t mean they have no value. To me they were priceless. My whole world has been destroyed and I’ve had no say at all in the decision. How can that be. Scenic Rim Shire Council has no tree preservation order, no need to get a permit for very large trees that provide the scenic value of an area, no fines or compensation. Can I sue them? the Council? the owners? the tree loppers? I see the trees as vertical real estate for birds. The black cockatoos and white ones have nowhere to land now.

This morning I look out my bedroom window and see two enormous gums I couldn’t see before. I saw a shooting star last night where the pine trees used to be, so it opened up a different vista and I began to feel a little better about it. I’ve become too insular, I know, I loved my home and felt safe, now I can’t bear to be there. I had to go to my daughter’s place to get away from it, the noise of the chainsaws and shredder was too much. I guess its time for me to move on. When I travelled around Australia, I could move on every day if I didn’t like something. Maybe its time to hit the road again,

Tamborine tree vandals strike again

This morning several mature pine trees have been lopped along Long Road, Tamborine Mountain. It seems an environmental consideration doesn’t come into it. The fact that pine trees are taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and in other places they are being planted to reduce CO2 isn’t being considered. I really feel saddened by this. I seem to be surrounded by people with no idea what they are doing.

I rang the local councillor but got no help from her, just that there’s nothing can be done if they are on private property. I feel so out-of-sync with the people I’m surrounded by. Maybe I need to move on to a more caring community with similar ideas.

Election News 2! Be the change you want to see in the world

The change you want to see in the world begins with you. If you want peace, be peaceful. If you want compassion, be compassionate. If you want love, be loving. It all starts with the individual and them spreads out into the world.

I’d like to say something about democracy. We all have a voice. We need to use it. Stand up for what you believe in. The internet has given power to the people. On-line campaigns work. Tony Abbott has just announced he wants to stop us using our democratic right to protest.
Tony Abbott wants to criminalise boycotts. We have a democratic right to protest. Don’t let him get away with it. Its our means of democratic protest. Otherwise we’re living in a Dictatorship.
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