A Journey Through Climate History

Well, so I was looking for an easy entry for me to post today… kind of slip back into the water gently, so to speak. I was going to explain this Green Bus thing a bit, but that’s going to take a while… so today I cheat and do an easy post.  😉

Ok, so what exactly is climate change? Is global warming real? Haven’t the temps on our planet varied greatly over the millennia? And sea levels… haven’t they risen and fallen many times? Hasn’t the air quality changed naturally… even before men discovered cars and aeroplanes? Do humans really contribute to the problem all that much?

No, I’m not going to give you the answers to all these questions… at least not yet. Instead, I’ve found a cool climate change special on the ABC web site that might just answer some of them for you. There’s an FAQ section, a map to compare Aus to the rest of the world, some great pics in their gallery, and the analysis section has some great related stories on Copenhagen and climate reform, etc. And please check out the climate change timeline. This is quite informative and may give you some interesting comparisons.  Ok, so I am a bit of a history/paleontology/anthropology geek… but I found this a good read.

And after you’ve done all that… I’d love to hear what you think…

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7 Comments

  1. Snowy said,

    September 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Climate change is real. Only the absolute morons are still trying to fight that battle. It finally looks as though Labor and the Greens have the numbers to do something meaningful about it, so I hope the Climate Change committee produces the goods.

    • Tina said,

      September 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

      Believe it or not, Snowy… it seems that we still have quite a few morons out there. 😉

      I also hope the committee will come up with something really relevant, although I still can’t find myself jumping up and down and whooping with delight… not yet. I do think that we need some kind of carbon tax applied to coal power plants, big businesses, factories, heavy vehicles, etc. However, I also believe that we would need a price cap put on electricity prices, etc, before anything is introduced though. Otherwise those costs will not be shouldered by the companies in question, nor will they have to think hard about cutting down on their emissions. If there’s no way of protecting consumers from price rises and such, I think we all know who will ultimately pay that carbon tax.

      I think it would be a far greater idea to promote the use of sustainable power in the home. Rebates DO work to get people interested. And the money (in my eyes, at least) would be much better spent on ‘doing’ rather than ‘fixing’.

  2. cc1804 said,

    September 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Given the exorbitant price hikes happening re electricity prices in NSW (not sure what is happening in other states) the committee needs to be a success. (Should note that the price hikes haven’t affected us except to raise consciousness and to inspire a much greater effort in our household – this has resulted in our 2 most recent bills to actually be substantially lower than usual and a lot lower than the bills friends of ours have…am more than a little bemused when their attitudes seem to be more of the “oh well, we’ll just pay and not bother changing anything” though…)
    At this point in time domestic and small businesses are going to be the ones shouldering most of the burden – those responsible for the emissions won’t.

    • Tina said,

      September 29, 2010 at 8:37 am

      I must admit, I’m not up to speed on electricity costs. We haven’t had to pay an electricity bill for a few years now. I’m kind of in a funny spot because I don’t know how much our bill would have risen. But I do imagine it would cost more now. What worries me how much they’ll be able to reclaim from the consumers… will they ask for a percentage… will they tack the full amount on… could it be possible that they could use it to reclaim more than their tax is worth? I mean, let’s face it… the government gives huge kickbacks to coal companies and power stations to keep them in the country. They have somewhere between 50 and 75% rebated by the government… then we pay for the power that we use… I wonder how much it actually costs THEM to run their mines and pump out power. I think it’s no wonder that mining companies make some of the highest profits in our country. It’s a great and lucrative business… for all except the rest of us.

      And, to touch on another area you mentioned… I think you’re absolutely correct that some people will become immune to the idea of change. It breeds a bit of an ‘I paid for it, I can have it,’ attitude in people. I do think that we need to hit gas emitters with a tax so that the idea becomes less palatable… but there needs to be a stopper somewhere to insure that they don’t pass the extra charges on to someone else. They need to be shown that emitting poisons is no longer a viable business solution. Perhaps then they may show a bit more interest in finding a suitable and safe solution that will produce profits for them for many more years to come.

      I also wonder just how much we would take as a community… will we be paying $300/month before we start complaining and taking our power needs business to another company… will we pay $500… $1000. Put a number on it… because if a cap isn’t introduced it will keep rising until this happens. It’s all about the mighty dollar. If we’re prepared to pay… they’ll charge us… then ask for a bit more…

  3. Bob said,

    September 27, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I’m fed up of the lack of Govt action…
    David Suzuki.
    http://www.davidsuzuki.org/

    has been telling the Govt here what to expect since the 60-70’s…and whats awesome is that his predictions have come true at almost the same time and order which he predicted…..

    Problem is that until the people start to shame politicians on the fact that they’re ruining THEIR childrens future all in the name of balanced budgets and company lobbying nothing will change..

    No politician is going to tell any company that they have to cut pollution by X amount or they’ll be shut down, and even if they did/do the companies will move to countries like India where both fresh air and healthy working conditions are in short supply…
    ….

    sadly I see only lip service in our lifetimes…..

    The real change will be when another dinosaur is extinct..

    the “POLITICIAN”… this current lot, and I do mean all.. are too pro $$
    and not concerned with one iota of anything that may cause THEM friction…

    so you and your children be damned….

    • Tina said,

      September 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

      … nicely said.

      And they won’t have any concerns until reform has been made the cheaper option. At least take the monopoly away… for example… if the govt brought back the solar rebates for homes there will naturally be less demand for provided power. This in turn would put a little squeeze on the power providers who would simply raise prices… again and again, if necessary. But sooner or later people would start to realise that they were paying for the more expensive option… and a whole other bunch of people would be thinking about changing. And then… sooner or later the company would have two choices… make that clean change or go bust.

      I still have faith that more talk on the subject will encourage people to think for themselves… and then stand up and start demanding that power companies and other big polluters stop treating us like idiotic morons. They are simply providing us a service, after all… and are doing it pretty badly, at that. Perhaps we need to send the message that we know there are others out there who are more than capable of giving us a safer service.

      I’ll be hoping that people start standing up sooner, rather than later.

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