NOAA RAISED ANNUAL TEMPERATURE ANOMALIES

Fifteen Hottest Years Prior To 2015 Were All Increased By An Average Of 0.05 C.

“The ranks and temperature anomalies in the annual reports represent the values known at the time when each report was issued. The actual ranks will change as subsequent years are added to the dataset. The anomalies themselves may change slightly as missing or erroneous data is resolved”.

Anomalies Increased        Click to enlarge

The chart on the left shows the amended anomalies, (the amount of warming above 13.9o Celsius, the 20th century average annual global temperature for combined land and ocean surfaces, for each of the fifteen hottest years prior to the Paris Conference in 2015.

The original anomalies for each individual year can be obtained by going to NOAA climate report and submitting the year.

Unfortunately the NOAA global temperature reports appear to be only available from 1997 onward and the previous yearly reports appear to have dealt with global weather events only.

The raised temperatures from an otherwise flat period have been made to look more in proportion to the increased anomalies of world temperatures in 2015 and 2016.

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GLOBAL WARMING ONLY DURING EL NINO PERIODS

THE WARMTH OR COLDNESS OF INDIVIDUAL YEARS IS INFLUENCED BY WHETHER THERE WAS AN EL NINO OR LA NINA EVENT OCCURRING IN THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN. 

2001 14.34 C                                     2008 14.29 C                     2017 14.58 C          2018 14.50 C

The above graph was compiled jointly by the Climatic Research Unit and the UK Met Office Hadley Centre. The Met Office climate data recorded an average global temperature of 14.44 C between 2001 and 2018. The last major El Nino event occurred between 2014-2016 when world temperatures reached 14.66 C and 14.70 C respectively then dropped sharply to 14.58 C in 2017 and 14.5o C in 2018.                  Below are the comparisons with NOAA which show much higher readings than the above.

2001 14.42 C                                    2008 14.39 C                        2017 14.74 C       2018 14.69 C

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RESIDENTS RALLY AGAINST CAR STACKER PARKING

MECHANICAL PARKING PROPOSED TO ENABLE MORE UNITS

A developer of a town house development at 15 Glendale Avenue, Templestowe wants to install car stacker parking in 8 single garages so that the space saved can be put towards extra units on the land. Stacker parking in new developments is only acceptable where normal parking cannot be achieved and is not environmentally friendly since they draw a lot of electricity at a time when Melbourne is already experiencing blackouts. This is in direct conflict with Manningham’s own 2020 climate action plan.

Typical Two Car Stacker  Click to enlarge

The land is of a sufficient size to satisfactorily accommodate double garages. There is no demonstrated reason why parking cannot be met in a normal parking arrangement.  Mechanical parking installations such as car lifts, turntables and car stackers are usually permitted for residential and non residential development where: The topography or lot size does not allow a simpler parking arrangement, an existing building is being refurbished and there is no land available for additional parking OR refurbishment does not include extension of the building so as to increase site coverage or any other works to increase site coverage, all of which have the effect of reducing site area which could be used for conventional parking arrangements.

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HIGH DENSITY PLANNED IN MANNINGHAM STREETS

HIGHER BUILDINGS IN COURTS AND SIDE STREETS

New regulations will now require council to address the uncertainty and confusion created by its stubborn refusal to prescribe the number of storeys to be achieved within its mandatory height limits.

Residential Density           Click to Enlarge

This is welcome news for community groups, whose previous requests for similar reform had been ignored by Council, but there is a catch, if the new Reformed Residential Zones are applied as proposed it could mean higher density buildings in Areas Surrounding Activity Centres and Along Main Roads (Side Streets  and Courts) formerly sub-Precincts A and B. This area is now referred to as the General Residential Zone, where three storey buildings, possibly apartments, will have a height limit of at least 11 metres and could now be built on reduced minimum land areas. Continue reading HIGH DENSITY PLANNED IN MANNINGHAM STREETS →

WORLD NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP SITE IN AUSTRALIA

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK FINAL DESTINATION FOR NUCLEAR WASTE

Viability analysis undertaken has determined that a waste disposal facility could generate more than $100 billion income in excess of expenditure (including a $32 billion reserve fund for facility closure and ongoing monitoring) over the 120-year life of the project (or $51 billion discounted at 4 per cent).

Safe Waste Disposal       Click to Enlarge

Given the significance of the potential revenue and the extended project time frames, a Commission has found that were such a project to proceed, it must be owned and controlled by the state government, and that the wealth generated should be preserved and equitably shared for current and future generations of South Australians. This presents an opportunity that should be pursued.
Social consent is fundamental to undertaking any new nuclear project. Social consent requires sufficient public support in South Australia to proceed with legislating, planning and implementing a project.

Local community consent is required to host a facility. In the event that this involves regional, remote and Aboriginal communities, consent processes must account for their particular values and concerns.
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A NATURAL INSECTICIDE IN BOTH TEA AND COFFEE

A MORNING CUP OF COFFEE MIGHT ALSO BE YOUR MORNING CUP OF PESTICIDE

Caffeine is a natural pesticide that protects plants by paralyzing and killing the insects that feed upon them. According to one study a known pesticide combined with a small amount of a synthetic caffeine compound was 10 times more potent than the pesticide itself, and raised the possibility of developing caffeine-based insecticides that would be harmless to animals and humans for spraying on food crops.

Coffee Nature’s Own Pesticide  

There are mixed opinions on whether caffeine is good for humans or not. It can do many things, including sharpening your attention, stave off Alzheimer’s disease, and decrease your risk of cancer. It also cranks up your blood sugar, interacts adversely with your prescription medication, and can cause Stomach problems like Gastric Reflux and Gastritis.

According to one of the first articles on the subject, appearing in the New York Times October 1984,  reported that Caffeine and related compounds were potent, natural insecticides that helped plants to ward off damaging pests and the findings could lead to a new way to fight insects.

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BLACK FRIDAY WAS NOT DUE TO GLOBAL WARMING

“THESE FIRES WERE LIT BY THE HAND OF MAN” – JUDGE  L STRETTON

Raging Firestorm                        Click to Enlarge

According to Forestry Management Victoria, Black Friday, 13th of January 1939, was the culmination of a long, dry and hot summer following  a long drought period  that had lasted several years. Many creeks and rivers had dried up and people living in Melbourne were on water restrictions. Dry heat and hot winds had sapped much of the moisture from the ground, leaving forest floors and the open plains tinder dry.Prior to January  13, many fires were already burning. Some had started as early as December 1938, but the majority had  started in the first week of January 1939. Some of the fires could not be extinguished while others were left unattended, or as Judge Stretton wrote, “fires were allowed to burn under control as it is falsely and dangerously called”.

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AUSTRALIA WON’T SIGN UN MIGRATION COMPACT

“The Compact fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits. It is inconsistent with the management of Australia’s strong and orderly migration program. It is not in Australia’s interest and will not add anything to enhancing our capacity to control our borders”. Govt.

Population Growth 
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No mention of any measures to limit the world’s population growth at the UN conferences, the only mention is on their their website which states the obvious.    “Overpopulation refers to the exceeding of certain threshhold limits of population density when environmental resources fail to meet the requirements of individual organisms regarding shelter, nutrition and so forth. It gives rise to high rates of mortality and morbidity”.  You would have expected it to be high on the UN agenda particularly in the two compacts but it is not even mentioned. Trillions of dollars are being spent on trying to control the world’s climate, besides health care, they should be directing funds toward the limiting of the rampant population growth in developing countries…the main contributor to global warming.  
PREAMBLE
We, the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting in Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018, reaffirming the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and determined to make an important contribution to enhanced cooperation on international migration in all its dimensions, have adopted this Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration:

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UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON WELFARE OF REFUGEES

   MOROCCO GLOBAL AGREEMENT NOT BINDING

The first Forum will be convened in 2018. Subsequent Forums will be reviewed every four years, unless otherwise agreed by the General Assembly, in order to ensure sustained momentum and political will. Forums will be co-convened and co-hosted by one or more State(s) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, with an invitation to the United Nations Secretary-General to participate. Forums would, in principle, take place in Geneva to facilitate the participation of all States. In the years in which Forums take place, there will be no High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges.

Refugees a World Crisis          Click to enlarge

  1. The achievement of international cooperation in solving international problems of a humanitarian character is a core purpose of the United Nations, as set out in its Charter, and is in line with the principle of sovereign equality of States.1 Similarly, the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (1951 Convention) recognizes that a satisfactory solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation, as the grant of asylum may place unduly heavy burdens on certain countries
  2. It is vital to translate this long-standing principle into concrete and practical action, including through widening the support base beyond those countries that have historically contributed to the refugee cause through hosting refugees or other means.

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A THIRD OF HOUSEHOLDS TO OWN ELECTRIC CARS?

NOISE REDUCTION AND IMPROVED AIR QUALITY IN OUR CITY

Manningham Council had planned to develop and implement a green electric car program on Doncaster Hill to achieve 15% adoption of green electric vehicles – with the aim to have 1 in 3 households owning an electric car by 2025. It will be our most  efficient way of reducing emissions while improving air quality and reducing traffic noise. But we are a long way from being prepared for the wave of electric cars  that will soon arrive in Australia because we simply don’t have the infrastructure to support them. 

Electricity from Renewables    Click to enlarge

More than one million electric vehicles were sold globally in 2017, mainly due to their cheap running costs and low impact on the environment. The greatest challenge, apart from creating the facilities, is to make them affordable. Currently there are 16 different electric vehicle models currently available for purchase in Australia and most of them are priced upwards of $60,000 — making them out of reach for the average driver.

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