Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Murry Salby and Macquarie University - MU Reply

The Professor and the Media Manager
Prof Murry Salby and Joanne Wheatley
NCTCS feels that it is a disgrace that Universities are pushing for a consensus ( a non-scientific rather a political term) and are terminating their arrangements with outstanding Professors like
  • Don Easterbrook
  • Bob Carter
  • Murry Salby

However, NCTCS Blog has received the following from Joanna.wheatley@mq.edu.au in response to Professor Murry Salby's  termination from Macquarie University. See Murry Salby's initial thoughts HERE. Fairness says that NCTCS should publish Macquarie University's response.

It is up to the reader to make up their own mind.

STATEMENT REGARDING THE TERMINATION OF PROFESSOR MURRY SALBY

10 July 2013
Macquarie University does not normally comment on the circumstances under which employees leave the University. However, we feel in this instance it is necessary to do so in order to correct misinformation.
The decision to terminate Professor Murry Salby’s employment with Macquarie University had nothing to do with his views on climate change nor any other views. The University supports academic freedom of speech and freedom to pursue research interests.
Professor Salby's employment was terminated firstly, because he did not fulfil his academic obligations, including the obligation to teach. After repeated directions to teach, this matter culminated in his refusal to undertake his teaching duties and he failed to arrive at a class he had been scheduled to take.
The University took this matter very seriously as the education and welfare of students is a primary concern. The second reason for his termination involved breaches of University policies in relation to travel and use of University resources.
The termination of his employment followed an extensive and detailed internal process, including two separate investigations undertaken by a committee chaired by a former Australian Industrial Relations Commissioner and including a union nominee.

Media Contact:
p: (02) 9850 1039 e: Joanna.wheatley@mq.edu.au
A copy of this release is available online at www.mq.edu.au/newsroom




Council recognition in Constitution will reduce freedoms

Environmental Award Winner Ashby.
Letter to the editor 

Leon Ashby. 
SA Senate Candidate for NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics
 9/7/13

Dear Sir / Madam

Re:   Council recognition in Constitution will reduce freedoms

The coming referendum (regarding Council recognition in the constitution), I believe is a subtle attempt to increase centralised Federal government control. It will allow the federal Government to bypass state powers. Since councils run many services from airports, garbage collection and dumps etc.

 If the Yes vote wins, councils would be put under greater pressure to jump through more hoops to secure funds just to maintain these services. This is more interference we don`t need. If anything we should go in the reverse direction.

In my view Federal and State governments instead should assist the grass roots community make decisions, then help fund those decisions - not be a dictator as they constantly are.

 When Kevin Rudd gave out funds to schools in his stimulus four years ago, some schools had the freedom to negotiate deals on what they spent the funds. By doing this they achieved up to four times better value for money outcomes than those with less freedom. Since some federal funding seems necessary for councils, schools and other institutions, I believe funds allocated on a consistent criteria e.g. per ratepayer or per student etc. is going to be the way to get better outcomes. 

Changing our constitution is not. 

Leon Ashby

NO CARBON TAX Climate Sceptics Senate Candidate

Greenland Ice Sheet Growing: Peer reviewed study

Credit: http://www.climatepedia.org
Another nail in the Alarmists' coffins. A paper published by the Journal of Glaciology by researcher Kenneth Jezek (Link"the southern half of Greenland was thickening by ~0.20 ± 0.06 m/year, with a possible increase in thickening rate to 0.28 ± 0.02 m/year for the later part of the record."

CO2 Science report (LINK)

Reference
Jezek, K.C. 2012. Surface elevation and velocity changes on the south-central Greenland ice sheet: 1980-2011. Journal of Glaciology 58: 1201-1211.

What was done
Bringing still more data to bear upon the issue, Jezek extended through 2011 "an ice-sheet elevation and surface velocity record across three measurement networks established in south-central Greenland by The Ohio State University in 1980/81," where "surface parameters are derived from repeat GPS in situ observations," and where elevations are "measured by airborne laser altimetry and by the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat)."

What was learned
The Ohio State University (USA) researcher reports that the most recent data show that thinning rates areslowing at several sites just east of the divide, and that the elevation at the divide continues to increase.

What it means
"These results," in the words of Jezek, "show that the Greenland ice sheet is changing from terminus to divide," and that "measurement strategies designed to predict future changes and to estimate volumetric changes across the ice sheet need to appropriately cover the entirety of the ice sheet [italics added]."


Read More at Co2 Science (link)