There is an article in today’s Guardian on-line edition that …

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There is an article in today’s Guardian on-line edition that speaks about the shrinking sea ice in the Arctic. It contains the following sentence which, perhaps, goes to the heart of the debate about global warming.
“The ice’s disappearance – triggered by global warming caused by rising carbon emissions from cars and factories –…”.
It’s hard to argue with the stated fact that the sea ice is shrinking. Satellite imagery proves that point. The question is why. The further question is what, if anything, we can do about it?
Locally, summers are hot and winters are cold. It has always been so.
I don’t know if our summers are hotter and our winters are colder, but that globally the weather is more volatile today than it was yesterday also seems to be beyond dispute.
Again, what, if anything, can we do about it? Probably not much.

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Extreme variability: local climate change right now
@ Harold, posted March 6, 2017 at 8:05 am:
I dispute that my comment “Locally, summers are hot and winters are cold. It has always been so.” is an alarmist argument.
Quite the contrary. I suggest it is anything but alarmist.


Extreme variability: local climate change right now
I am looking forward to the public debate advertised for next Monday between 5pm and 7pm at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.
One question that I hope someone will address is the suggested leaking of methane gas into the atmosphere during and after the fracking process.
Another question that has been rolling around in the back of my mind for some time now, and which is probably beyond the scope of this coming debate, concerns subsiding.
Sink holes are in the news more and more these days. While it admittedly sounds a bit like something out of science fiction, are we destabilising the earth’s crust (which we live on) by taking more and more out of the crust in the form of water and hydrocarbons?
This probably goes to the larger question of can we continue to assume the wholesomeness of this planet despite the unprecedented number of humans living here poking and prodding and generally treating it as an inexhaustible milch cow?


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It’s called denial. If only we did waste as well as we do denial.


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I would like to thank CM Gunner for clarifying the issue of armed and masked TRG police being deployed on the streets of Alice over the coming summer. There won’t be any. Good!
The use of specialised equipment to assist operational officers is a good idea. The perpetrators of youth crime need to be identified.
But this begs the question of what will be done with these young criminals once identified? We can’t hold them in detention, we can’t hold the parents accountable, it seems we can’t do much of anything, really.
These plans are not very encouraging. I suppose they will keep the vigilantes off the streets, but will they keep the kids off them as well?
Perhaps these running-amok kids can be identified as coming from a specific community, and then the royalty payments going to their community can be sequestered until the damages done by them to the residents of Alice have been fully paid for?


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So it’s come to this. A Tactical Response Group may be deployed to Alice to deal with youth crime. And we have no one but ourselves to blame.
Consider the alternatives.
The NT Police dare not intervene in youth crime for the simple reason that to so much as look sideways at a juvenile delinquent in action is accompanied with reams of paperwork and the high likelihood of a departmental inquiry and possible legal action.
The Town Council is not constituted to deal with policing matters. They can and do host meetings to try to reach a community consensus on what to do about children “getting ready for the summer crime spree,” but internal divisions and differing agendas make theirs a fractured voice.
And while the larger Indigenous organisations often voice their concerns, whatever they may be doing has clearly not worked in past years, and there is little to suggest that this summer will be any different.
And so now we may be seeing armed and (I assume) masked men (and women?) patrolling our streets, not to deal with organised criminals or national or international terrorists, but to deal with children. How inept are we?


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