Monday, 22 October 2012

Environment Conference, Sydney.

AT the Australian Environment Foundation 2012 Conference, there was an array of great speakers.

First up was an very interesting address by Alan Oxley.
 Oxley "served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation from 1985 to 1989, and was the first Australian to serve as GATT Chairman. Prior to that, he represented Australia in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He played a key role in creating the ground-breaking coalition of agricultural exporters, the Cairns Group."
Alan Oxley "served as Australian Ambassador to the GATT, the predecessor of the World Trade Organisation from 1985 to 1989, and was the first Australian to serve as GATT Chairman. Prior to that, he represented Australia in Singapore, at the United Nations in New York and in Geneva. He played a key role in creating the ground-breaking coalition of agricultural exporters, the Cairns Group."

Next up was multi-degree-ed Dr David Evans talking about the "science of the absurb."
Previous believer in the AGW hypothesis,  Dr Evans realised, when working for the Department of Climate Change (nee The Australian Greenhouse Office) that it was voodoo science.

David was followed by Dick Warburton (link) a lion from industry and industry who has been an advisor to government.

Dick is currently the chairman of Westfield Retail Trust, Magellan Flagship Fund, Citigroup and Manufacturing Australia. He was replaced from a committee by Penny Wong when he wouldn't bow down to the man-made global warming hoax.


After Dick, Prof Bob Carter deviated from his usual serious but entertaining presentation, to present his awards to the alarmists, including his "p*ss into the wind award." The honours were awarded to, inter alia, PM Gillard and Parliamentary break-in expert, Greg Combet.

Stephen Cooper  of the Acoustic Group followed with some revealing data re wind farm noise levels. So as to guarantee that there are no adverse impacts from wind farms then the separation distances must be increased.

After lunch we were treated to a entertaining and enlightening lecture  on water security and climate change by Assoc Professor Stewart Franks followed by a drier, but equally informative address by Dr Walter Starck, one of the pioneers in the scientific investigation of coral reefsand studies on the worldwide distribution of the billfishes.

David Stockwell address the conference, Dr Walter Starck -Left.
The final speaker for the day was NCTCS member Dr David Stockwell whose address (previously coverered HERE) "Is the temperature or the temperature record rising."

A pleasant Tall Ship sail on the Harbour followed.
Pinchgut through the Tall Ship rigging.
AEF Executive Director Max Rheese - left.

NCTCS members attending included President Bill Koutalianos and Jim Hawes.








 

Climate Change and the Quiet Sun



The Global Warming Policy Foundation has just released a report "Climate Change and the Quiet Sun" (link).  This blog has previously used the attached graph  that illustrates the increased solar activity associated with both the Medieval Warm Period and the 20th century warming.  This figure also illustrates the reduced solar activity of the Maunder Minimum from 1645 to 1715 that was associated with the coldest temperatures of the Little Ice Age.






GWPF's new paper:
In 1700 the sun was just coming out of the longest period of sunspot inactivity known. It is called the Maunder Minimum. The Dalton Minimum followed closely on its heels. It lasted for two solar cycles in the early 1800s.

That was followed by the Modern Maximum that peaked the middle of last century. That maximum is among the highest periods of solar activity of the last 11,500 years going back to the last ice age.
Solar activity has been on the decline ever since.

Now solar physicists tell us to expect another minimum lasting more than one cycle.

The Maunder and Dalton minimums share something in common. Both are associated with cold periods in Earth’s climate history. The time of the Maunder Minimum is often referred to as the “Little Ice Age“.

Read more at GWPF here