@ Harold, posted March 6, 2017 at 8:05 am: I dispute …

Comment on Extreme variability: local climate change right now by Hal Duell.

@ 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.

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Extreme variability: local climate change right now
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.


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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I appeal to the NT government, especially to Ministers Gunner and Wakefield, to reconsider their approach to building the proposed National Aboriginal Art Gallery in Alice Springs.
I doubt if many residents, and certainly not a majority, would be opposed to the gallery being built here. But why do you need to destroy what we have (an old high school, a central oval and a debt-free and functioning civic centre) to do that?
It’s not like we’re short of space down here.
It’s a bit unfair to ask council to solve your location problem when to date both of your proposals have presented it with a solution impossible to sell to the residents. And remember, councillors also face the coming elections.
Indigenous suggestions range from the Desert Park to the Desert Knowledge precinct.
It’s not negotiating if you reject in advance any suggestions other than your own.
And a note to council: The NT Government has clearly stated through Minister Wakefield that these discussions can be held in open. Time for you to stop hiding from us. Let’s hear what you have to say.


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This is a very good initiative. Congratulations to the Gunner government.
Hemp is a not only a better fibre than cotton, but growing it uses less water and fewer chemicals. What not to like?
Again, congratulations to the Gunner government.


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Perhaps one of the more astonishing features of this continuing saga is the overweening arrogance of Alice’s current group of councillors.
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They forget they were elected to look after our assets, not use them as bargaining chips in some shady back-room deal.
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The Opium Wars are over. China won. And all this “containment” and forward posturing is more like dogs barking in the night while the caravan moves on.
Poor Oz! Hanging like a pendulum between London and Washington with (just) the Kiwis for company. That means Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. What can go wrong?


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