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Good news and bad news for climate change – comic #2

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Supernifty Comic #2 - Good news and bad news for climate change

Adios, Amoebas

Monday, September 17th, 2007

OK, so we’re doomed. That sucks. And what’s more, we knew about it. And weren’t prepared to fix it. Bummer.

The recently completed APEC (OPEC?) meeting included that really big result on climate change, the “aspirational target”. Boy, I wish I could apply this concept to all aspects of life.

For instance, paying my tax, to pay for these useful APEC meetings. I wish that was an aspirational target. That would be great.

Aspirational targets are surely one of the more ridiculous ideas thought up by our impressive “leaders” that run the country. Even Alexander Downer commented on this, until his own party started espousing the idea.

In case you’re not aware of the idea behind an aspirational target, it’s a way of pretending to do something. Make up a number and say, “Let’s aim for that”, but there’s no obligation to reach it. You don’t have to do anything else.

I have an aspirational target of giving $500 to every person who replies to this entry. Let’s see how that works out.

With this kind of action on climate change set to continue, it’s clear that we are not going to make any of the necessary targets that could save us from runaway climate change. Which means, we’re doomed. We might as well, party like it’s 1999, and after that, swim out past the breakers, and watch the world die.

That’s my new life plan.

The Great Global Warming Swindle

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Hot stuffSo, the ABC is screening The Great Global Warming Swindle. It showed earlier this year in the UK and caused quite a stir.

The show contains many factual errors. It also appears to deliberately mislead the audience. I would think that in measuring the quality of a documentary, telling lies and misleading the audience would give it pretty low marks. It’s a shame the ABC has decided to show a documentary that is obviously not up to scratch.

After the fake moon landings, and 9/11 conspiracy shows, it’s clear these shows can be very persuasive. Believing in those other conspiracies is kind of fun, but believing in this one could result in our own demise. Bummer!

After the show, Tony Jones is going to get stuck into the writer and director Martin Durkin, which should prove entertaining. And the scientists who actually specialise in climate change will get a chance to balance the ledger.

It’s unfortunate that this show gives the impression of doubt. Because in reality there is so very little.

Find a climate action group

Friday, July 6th, 2007

google mapIf you think you can’t do much as an individual to limit climate change, then consider joining a climate change action group. It’s a chance to talk to like minded people about the best way forward. Climate movement has a google map of climate change action groups so you can find a local one.

Supernifty maintains a map of climate change and ethics related events, results and retailers. Anything to help save the planet. If you’ve got an upcoming event, achieved something great, or sell something worthy, let us know.

Climate Prediction

Friday, June 29th, 2007

climateprediction.netClimate change is a complicated science. Predicting how much things might change is difficult. This is referred to as “sensitivity” in the business and is crucial to how we respond to the issue of climate change.

After all, if the climate changes only marginally to increased greenhouse gases – say less than 2 degrees – then perhaps we are over-reacting. But if the climate changes by a lot, then we should be pulling out all the stops to avoid catastrophe.

climateprediction.net is a distributed software application that uses many computers to do climate modelling. You can sign up your computer to help the scientists run their modelling software. Any spare CPU cycles on your computer can be dedicated to helping predict climate change.

It doesn’t cost anything, you just have to install some software, and it all happens in the background. Your contribution is recorded on a leaderboard, and you can also check out which countries are helping the most. They also have teams. If you don’t have a team, join the super nifty team!

So sign-up at climateprediction.net and help save the world. And get a cool screen saver.

Join Al Gore’s army

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

Lego SubdivisionAl Gore will be travelling to Australia in September to personally train 170 people to deliver a version of his now famous slide presentation featured in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. The training will be held in Melbourne between 21st-23rd September 2007.

Applications close at 9am, Friday 13th July. To apply, or for further details, visit the ACF Website.

Al Gore is a busy man, also being involved in the organisation of Live Earth on July 7.

Garrett Recession

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Shame on you, Peter GarrettThis is a few days old, but the guy in charge of Australia, John Howard, warned that if we pursued the climate change targets recommended by the Stern Review and adopted by Europe, then we’d be risking a Garrett Recession, Peter Garrett being the Opposition Environment Minister.

Looks like there are a slew of countries heading for a recession.

In the Guide to talking to a climate change skeptic, arguments are rated on their level of sophistication. This one rates as silly.

The world’s best research indicates that the cost of inaction is much greater than that of action. The most well known is the Stern Review.

World Environment Day

Monday, June 4th, 2007

It’s world environment day on Tuesday. This day is sponsored by the UN and is to help raise awareness of environmental issues.

In Australia, cleanuptheworld.org is arranging activities.