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  1. Ah, yup. For a while yet. Yes indeed. I do...

    Ah, yup. For a while yet.


    Yes indeed. I do wish that Parliament had been sitting over the last 6 weeks. Reckon there might be a few changes of mind. We have to remember that Politicians are...
  2. Ice core samples from Antarctica give us a pretty...

    Ice core samples from Antarctica give us a pretty good idea of that. Mind you, we'll need to be quick......a liquid soup will tell us nothing at all!

    It also all depends on when the world was...
  3. Malcolm Turnbull's view on CC...

    Malcolm Turnbull's view on CC (quote from a BBC interview, via the Guardian):

    “If you go to any of the rightwing thinktanks or read the Murdoch press it is just full of climate denialism,” he...
  4. Sir David Attenborough's view...

    Sir David Attenborough's view of the link between CC and the current fires. Interesting comment on China at the end.
  5. Maybe Doug, but the point is that to get there...

    Maybe Doug, but the point is that to get there you would need to be an experienced bushwalker....and they do know how to read maps. Now, you might say that such a person wouldn't want to harm the...
  6. Hi Ian Well I think you would need a lot more...

    Hi Ian

    Well I think you would need a lot more knowledge to use the satellite techniques (over a simple Topo map), and nor is the clue splashed all over a newspaper.
  7. Actually, the World Heritage Unit of NPWS is...

    Actually, the World Heritage Unit of NPWS is literally just around the corner from me, about 300m away, so I'm going to go and ask them tomorrow morning what they would think if I could tell them the...
  8. I'm referring to this gross irresponsibility:...

    I'm referring to this gross irresponsibility:
    'Dinosaur trees': firefighters save endangered Wollemi pines from NSW bushfires | Australia news | The Guardian
  9. I have just sent an email to adam.morton@the...

    I have just sent an email to adam.morton@the guardian.com and I would encourage everyone else to do the same.

    "Dear Sir

    The publication you work for claims to be an eponymous guardian. Yet you...
  10. Agreed Ray. I was going to post that anyone who...

    Agreed Ray. I was going to post that anyone who can read a topographic map could actually work it out from the picture in the Guardian (in hi-res to boot), and that's a helluva lot more people than...
  11. When the weather changed.

    When the weather changed.
  12. As forecast, we are getting excellent fire...

    As forecast, we are getting excellent fire dousing rain here right now! :clap2: :hpydans: :woot:

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    (We are the orange/red bit above the word Camden)


    So, I've changed my mind on...
  13. The World Meteorological Association has stated...

    The World Meteorological Association has stated 2019 was AUstralia's hottest and driest, and the second hottest for the world (2016 was the hottest).
    Australia has 'hottest, driest' year on record...
  14. NASA, via The New York Times, has published a...

    NASA, via The New York Times, has published a similar map for the world, showing we've just had the hottest decade on record.

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  15. I didn't know that there was a special electronic...

    I didn't know that there was a special electronic category of them.
  16. Agreed Doug. I don't know if this already happens...

    Agreed Doug. I don't know if this already happens - perhaps it does - but the various Authorities could help "sell" the situation in advance by putting out warnings in the news ("next few days may be...
  17. I didn't think there were any humans at...

    I didn't think there were any humans at all....Terra Nullius and all that.
  18. Yes well I think it's time people from the Big...

    Yes well I think it's time people from the Big Smoke got over having some off-season smoke around. CB smoke would be nowhere near as bad as conventional hazard reduction smoke either - have a look at...
  19. Maybe (and that is only anecdotal evidence) but...

    Maybe (and that is only anecdotal evidence) but compared to an area that has more aggressive hazard reduction there would still be more reptiles. An area that has had a bushfire through it has...
  20. Yes, intensity. It is explained very well in the...

    Yes, intensity. It is explained very well in the video in this news article:


    That is highly disputable. Because of the low intensity there is much more time for critters to get out of the way....
  21. All the Climate Change Deniers that I have come...

    All the Climate Change Deniers that I have come across or read about, and that includes Malcolm Roberts, have an enviable characteristic: they all, to an individual, claim to be open minded about it....
  22. Agreed Doug. I'm not sure that would really...

    Agreed Doug.

    I'm not sure that would really come into it because the burns would just be in bushland (I would have thought). Now that may well be privately owned bushland (i.e. the bush around...
  23. I don't think anyone is suggesting we can go back...

    I don't think anyone is suggesting we can go back to how it was. Is no possible.

    I don't see how Cultural Burning can't fit in to the current lifestyle, as it's just a more gentle alternative to...
  24. I watched David Speers interview with Smoko (30...

    I watched David Speers interview with Smoko (30 minutes). He's acknowledged the Hawaii mistake, and is going to present a Bushfires Royal Commission possibility to Cabinet.

    What mystifies me...
  25. Looks like Solar Paint might be worth reading...

    Looks like Solar Paint might be worth reading about too.
    solar paint - Google Search
  26. Yes, that was understood, I'm just saying...

    Yes, that was understood, I'm just saying...
  27. It might be cheaper in the VERY short term Mick,...

    It might be cheaper in the VERY short term Mick, but in the longer run it'll be a helluva lot more expensive if we don't start acting with gusto soon.
    Sure :banghead::bricks: Take yer pick.
  28. Hear hear! And also to say what they are afraid...

    Hear hear! And also to say what they are afraid of.
  29. Absolutely Matt! We'll have run out of stuff to...

    Absolutely Matt! We'll have run out of stuff to burn just as they are getting big enough to go off nicely.

    Seriously though it's yet another thing we need to do, but carefully - no weed trees...
  30. Only coz Fizza dumbed it down - it should have...

    Only coz Fizza dumbed it down - it should have been a much harder build! :D

    Yes, that's why I'm suggesting that locally (i.e. rooftop) produced, shared and used power via better batteries will (to...
  31. That's exactly why we need to get battery storage...

    That's exactly why we need to get battery storage happening quickly. Power sharing or sub-letting also needs to be explored.

    I think most of those problems you described there can be overcome....
  32. Frankly I don't care whether people are scared or...

    Frankly I don't care whether people are scared or not of electric vehicles coming in with oil going out because it's going to happen whether the CCDs like it or not. Industry has largely made its...
  33. AT 97 minutes it may be a while before I have the...

    AT 97 minutes it may be a while before I have the time or the data allowance to look at that (data clicks over on the 19th). Are you able to distil it down into a summary? The comments underneath it...
  34. Dunno why, but I'll bet precious things that it's...

    Dunno why, but I'll bet precious things that it's purely for profit. It's probably got a great deal to do with taking the opportunity to feed off the fears of the deniers. Alan Jones is a master of...
  35. Yeah, I'd be happy with that but the problem is...

    Yeah, I'd be happy with that but the problem is that it gives deniers the out that they keep using to do as little as possible: "always been going on - nothing to see here."

    To be completely...
  36. This is only somewhat anecdotal, and the weather...

    This is only somewhat anecdotal, and the weather up here has always been subject to some pretty wild swings. It's been known to snow here at least once during December, and certainly I had a fire...
  37. You forgot an "Alternative Facts" category.

    You forgot an "Alternative Facts" category.
  38. Like Bushmiller, I agree, but that statement...

    Like Bushmiller, I agree, but that statement seems to indicate that mankind has nothing to do with severely hastening it?

    Perhaps it might be clearer if we referred to Man Exacerbated Climate...
  39. From Tuesday evening: ...and sure enough,...

    From Tuesday evening:


    ...and sure enough, there's a new fire in the Blue Mountains, north of Faulconbridge - thought to be started by a lightning strike
  40. There was apparently one responsible person at...

    There was apparently one responsible person at Newscorp, but couldn't take their disinformation campaign and left.
    News Corp employee lashes climate 'misinformation' in bushfire coverage with...
  41. I guess so, but we could do without wars too!

    I guess so, but we could do without wars too!
  42. Although it can be counter-intuitive to how we...

    Although it can be counter-intuitive to how we think things work. Aussie bush is the most adapted to recovery from fires (AFAIK). In 1994 98% of the Royal National Park was burnt. The 1995 wildflower...
  43. Hi Ian, were you here in Nov/Dec? Unbelievable...

    Hi Ian, were you here in Nov/Dec? Unbelievable smoke every damn day in Sydney. I suspect they'd trade that for some less smoky days spread around. I don't think CBs have to be done all that often...
  44. No doubt about either part of that.

    No doubt about either part of that.
  45. I haven't been able to find out anything of the...

    I haven't been able to find out anything of the fate of the Wollemi Pines, but unless they gave it a good dose of retardant, it's hard to see how they would have been spared.
  46. Re Ross' comment: I think we need to increase...

    Re Ross' comment: I think we need to increase just about every aspect of the game, but in particular the preventative side rather than the reactive side.

    Let's say these fires are going to cost...
  47. Doug, I hope I'm wrong but I have deep suspicions...

    Doug, I hope I'm wrong but I have deep suspicions that such a common sense approach may not be allowed today, and that red tape would be everywhere. Something like:
    "But that's OUR job"
    "Yes but we...
  48. This is a fascinating short read on Cultural...

    This is a fascinating short read on Cultural Burning, and the 10 minute HD video at the bottom is excellent. Everything they say makes complete sense.
    Indigenous fire practices have been used to...
  49. Be careful reading this: BOM review shows 2019...

    Be careful reading this:
    BOM review shows 2019 was a year of weather extremes - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Or simply choose to ignore it?
  50. Your sacrifice is legendary Doug.

    Your sacrifice is legendary Doug.
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