Reports on Climate Change

Greening the Desert. How Farmers in Sahel Confound Scientists

In Australia it is becoming accepted that some marginal lands will have to be abandoned as a result of climate change reductions in rainfall. This good news story from Africa indicates that destiny depends not only on the effects of climate change but on the ingenuity and knowledge of farmers. Indeed there may be lessons for Australia as we try to move some farming communities away from consistent productivity into stewardship of marginal lands. To some readers this story may seem divorsed from human health but when one recognises the mental and physical sufferings of some rural communities then this view could be contested. I hope you will read this interesting article

Please pay the climate change tax on your children

Population control remains the single most important measure in the long term control of green house emissions, yet the right to have as many children as one wishes remains enshrined in liberal democracy. The issue was brought home to me when I heard a short interview on the ABC RN Science Show. Robin Williams having had a series of climate change  ‘heavies’ on the Show decided to have a younger generation view point. This was a young conservationist with an award for her work. She made many good points about improving communication between scientists, public and government when she spoke at the Ecological Society of Australia. Several speakers had indicated that at least one solution to climate change may be to have fewer children. Robyn Williams embellished this point, stating that having two children instead of three cuts a family's carbon emissions by the equivalent of 620 return flights from London to New York. In response the young conservationist said.

Global warming to worsen malnutrition: report

Dec. 12, 2007
Courtesy FAO
and World Science staff
World Science

Expressing their “deepest concern,” three U.N. agencies are warning that climate change will increase global hunger and malnutrition unless immediate action is taken.

The alarm was sounded as scientists warned that global warming may have passed a tipping point, with the Arctic Ocean melting much faster than projected. “The Arctic is screaming,” Mark Serreze of the U.S. government’s snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colorado, told news agencies this week; NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally added that the Arctic might be nearly icefree in five years.

Climate change and health: preparing for unprecedented challenges

by Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization

This was the 2007 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture
Bethesda, Maryland, USA
10 December 2007

A look at reality of climate change

I will address the reality of climate change. I will base my remarks on conclusions set out in the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, issued last month.

I will consider what a vast body of evidence has to say about the health implications of specific climate-related changes projected in that report. I will interpret these implications in terms of the current drive to accelerate health development and, more specifically, our collective determination to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Systematic White House Effort to Manipulate Climate Change Science

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the main investigative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has now confirmed the many press and personal reports of the White House mission to water down the findings of climate science This report was released on Monday, December 10, 2007 and the full report can be found at
The background to these happenings is similar in many countries, it is the money and political influence of the fossil fuel industries. Documentation of Australian influence is contained in earlier articles on this site and in particular the excerpts from the book by Guy Pearse. Is this influence still operating-- Yes

Forget Bush for the moment, let's worry about China!

The frustrations with George Bush's obstructionism on climate change have tended to dominate thinking in recent years. We have overlooked his main competitor, China. Perhaps the only positive news on this problem is that Mr Rudd speaks Mandarin and some news reports might indicate that his acceptance by Chinese leaders may facilitate dialogue.

China has huge environmental problems. China requested a study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  The report says that  unless pollution is controlled by 2020, it will cause 600,000 premature deaths in urban areas and 20 million cases of respiratory illness a year. Most aquatic ecosystems are degraded and polluted and 300 million people drink contaminated drinking water each day, with 190 million contracting water-related illnesses every year and nearly 30,000 children dying each year from diarrhoea caused by polluted water. China's surging economic growth over the past 15 years, averaging 10.1 per cent a year, had severely damaged human health and depleted natural resources. China has environmental laws but the country has been unable to implement or enforce them properly.

Big Banks Are Selling Us Out on Climate Change by Tara Lohan, AlterNet,

The banks of today are essentially printing money to create a financial system founded on debt. An individual borrowing money from a bank is not borrowing money from a depositor’s account. The money borrowed is new money created by the bank. When the borrower spends this money it is released into the community. This supply of money to the community and the resulting debt forms the basis of the financial system. Governments borrow from the private banking sector, not at the actual cost, but at many times the cost and with compound interest when none of this need occur.This puts the banks in a position of extreme power and explains how they can invest with impunity is developments such as dams ,armaments, pulp mills that carry many dangers for civilisation. The following article is about American banks, but its story is similar for all countries. it certainly applies to Australia

The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming

This material [article] was created by the Center for American Progress
It provides an interesting list of articles and reports from the American press. Initial articles are somewhat banal but the later ones are worth looking at to see how American eyes regard the situation.

Global Warming Wrecks All the Fun

Say Goodbye to French Wines
Wacky temperatures and rain cycles brought on by global warming are threatening something very important: Wine. Scientists believe global warming will “shift viticultural regions toward the poles, cooler coastal zones and higher elevations.” What that means in regular language: Get ready to say bye-bye to French Bordeaux and hello to British champagne. [LA Times]

'Greenhouse Cost of Meat' article by Geoff Russell June 2007


Many people understand large motor vehicles produce more greenhouse emissions than a small motor vehicles, and many have heard that the Toyota Prius can save about 1.5 tonnes per annum in emissions, but few realise that the biggest driver of greenhouse emissions which people have direct personal control over is food production --- particularly meat.

The eco-footprint calculator on the Australian Conservation Foundation web site uses a very sophisticated data base and model from Sydney University and CSIRO research, but has been simplified for easy public use. The ACF calculator gives you a breakdown of your impact as measured by water use, land use, and greenhouse gases production.

Carbon Neutral Conference, Perth WA 12-13th September 2007

Dr Verelle Roocke


IN 2006 there was a great leap forward in awareness of climate change and most people have now made the link between it and events that are occurring in their local communities such as water shortages. Many consumers and businesses now have an understanding of the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There is an awareness of the urgency of tackling the problem.  Governments, businesses and individuals alike are demanding and creating a market for carbon. This is happening globally and is evolving in Australia at a rapid rate.

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