Doomed Planet

Climate Alarmism of the Greenest Hughes

For a lot of my lifetime Macquarie University’s Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes has been an activist scientist running a jihad against the planet’s life-affirming CO2 emissions. Old hands might remember her on Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Climate Commission from 2011, which morphed into the crowd-funded Climate Council two years later, Dr Hughes morphing with it.

Our big three warming warners have long been Hughes, the false climate prophet Tim Flannery and the not-always-right ANU doom-crier Will Steffen.[1] In 2014 Hughes trumped both of them, winning the Australian Museum’s Eureka Prize for 20 years’ worth of science (read ‘global-warming’) communication.[2] The museum’s CEO, Kim McKay, noted in passing that climate change science was “settled”. That was a brave call as no other scientific issue is settled yet. Even less likely, Macquarie University claimed that one alarm course by Dr Hughes “even received praise from climate sceptics—for them, what had been lacking was a clear explanation of the science.” Oh really?

Five years later she collected the same museum’s lifetime achievement award. Any time anyone has a climate-alarm prize to hand out, expect Hughes to be on the short list.[3]

I don’t want to carp, but climate-alarm “science” is all about what will happen in the future, as foreseen by the modellers’ crystal ball. Doom-criers like Hughes and Steffen might be right about 2050, though we oldies will all be dead. Or they might be wrong and that big sun overhead with its sunspot cycle might cool planet earth a bit and force the next ice age. In that case, people would look back on Hughes, Flannery, Steffen et al as a bit weird and their science as junk. So I’m not a fan of Hughes’ innumerable (60, 100, 200?) futurist papers about future warming impacts.

What I do admire is her early career as entomologist. From her student days she was fascinated by insects. If you wanted to know about aphids, grasshoppers, Christmas beetles, lantana leaf-miners, Hemiptera (“true bugs”), thrips, or ant-tended butterfly ejaculations,[4] young Lesley provides her tour de force. But in the 1990s, her focus changed from studying actual bugs to studying what hypothesised global warming might do to them in 2050 or 2100 or whenever, and I rather lost interest in her stick-insect papers. But it’s this later line of work – future impacts of imagined warming on plants and bugs – that has given Hughes so many clouds of glory to trail.

If you intuit that I’m peeved with Distinguished Professor Hughes, you’re right but for the wrong reason. My big beef is that she was one of the earliest, if not the earliest, agitators to re-christen global warming (latterly “climate change”) into “climate emergency” cum “global heating” cum “climate crisis” cum “climate breakdown” cum “climate disruption”.

This inane warping of the English language is now standard among second-rate environmental journalists and mock-scientists in academia. Just for starters, the UAH satellite-based global temperature readouts now show no warming – indeed a little cooling- for the past six years and two months. Maybe someone should tell the climate scientists! And that’s despite two big recent and natural El Nino warming bursts.

The only place you can find a climate “emergency” is in the dud computer-based forecasting relied on by Hughes et al. The IPCC itself in 2013 said 111 of 114 tested model runs overshot actual warming.[5] Real-world studies show that climate sensitivity to CO2 is only a half or a third of early IPCC estimates. The IPCC even today can’t make up its mind whether CO2 doubling will create 1.5degC of warming or 4.5degC of warming or somewhere in between — the same uncertainty range it started with 30 years ago – and that’s despite academics wasting taxpayer billions on climate research. The empirical (i.e. real world) studies these days put the sensitivity at a harmless 1 to 2degC tops.

 

I DISCOVERED Hughes’ seminal role in the Western media’s “climate emergency”while idly reading annual reports of Future Earth , whose recent follies include certifying that pseudo-Aboriginal Bruce Pascoe is the real deal. Hughes helps run Future Earth, which is a satrap of the green-left Australian Academy of Science. In Future Earth’s 2018 report, you can read (emphasis added):

Professor Lesley Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Macquarie University, a climate change researcher for 25 years and climate science communicator for the last 15 years, professed shock at the level of ignorance of basic climate science. She pointed out the importance of using strong enough language—not using ‘change’ but words such as ‘disruption’, ‘emergency’ and ‘crisis’. In her view, the problem is that not everyone cares about the environment, but they care about other factors such as their own quality of life.[6]

Her crusade against sane language was endorsed a few months later by the United Nations avowedly-socialist secretary general, António Guterres, who talked of the “climate crisis” , adding for good measure: “We face a direct existential threat.” Among Dr Hughes’ other language crusaders is pint-sized seer Greta Thunberg, who a year after Dr Hughes’ rallying cry said:

It’s 2019. Can we all now call it what it is: climate breakdown, climate crisis, climate emergency, ecological breakdown, ecological crisis and ecological emergency?

Little wonder Hughes describes Greta as her “fellow Cassandra!”

Hughes’ and Thunberg’s verbal pyrotechnics were soon after picked up by the UK Guardian. Its environment editor, Damian Carrington, headlined, “Why The Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment”. He quoted the editor-in-chief Katharine Viner,

The phrase ‘climate change’, for example, sounds rather passive and gentle when what scientists are talking about is a catastrophe for humanity.

Carrington announced that The Guardian‘s style book for its reporters now recommended such “scientifically precise” terms as climate ‘crisis’, ‘heating’ or ‘breakdown’. No, I’m not making that up. The new style guide also rules out use of “climate sceptic” in favour of “climate science denier”, and advised its “journalists” against ever again seeking comments from sceptics. Such sceptics would include Professor Judith Curry, who has published 200 papers on atmospheric physics compared with, say, climate scientist Dr Hughes’ zero in that field.

The call to arms by Dr Hughes, Greta Thunberg and The Guardian has been further taken up by more than 400 unprofessional and partisan news outlets globally, with an alleged reach extending to two billion people. They’ve all signed on to a “climate emergency pledge” to ratchet up the warming scare (truth and the scientific method be damned!) and suppress any contrary scientific views. This shameful group includes (at last count) seven Australian media outlets and eleven in New Zealand. The ABC, while not a signatory, by policy ignores climate sceptic’s views and research.[7]

When I was young and naïve, like Julia Gillard during her liaison with light-fingered beau Bruce Wilson, I thought all the scientists on the IPCC were conscientiously objective about their deliberations. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, bless him, viewed them as “humourless people in white coats”. Dr Hughes was a lead author for both the fourth and fifth IPCC reports.[8] Yet she and her acolytes have never made a secret of her activism and in 2013, the same year she signed off on her pages in the IPCC’s Fifth Report, she stepped up to join the board of green-Left lobbyists WWF Australia. (Barrier Reef doom-crier Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who sometimes co-authors papers with Dr Hughes, is another IPCC Australian scientist with WWF Australia connections). If you lift up any rock at the IPCC headquarters in Geneva, you’re likely to find green lobbyists wriggling about.

Hughes was well-known to WWF for years. In 2009 WWF and Earth Hour cited her as a reviewer of their 30-page report on cute animals like penguins and orang-utans at risk from global warming. (The apes are actually endangered by palm oil expansion to make supposedly greener fuels). Polar bears got a guernsey too – and contrary to World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) doom-crying in 2009 reviewed by Dr Hughes et al, they’re absolutely thriving today.

Maybe you think WWF does only pure good in the world, so what doess it matter if it gets a few things wrong for the right reasons? Well, our WWF is a loose affiliate of the global WWF or World Wildlife Fund. “Fund” is right – the WWF’s US boss Carter S. Roberts draws pay of $US1.4 million and 20 per cent of the fund-raising is leached off just in fund-raising expenses. These do-gooder groups include the Red Cross, which disappeared $US500 million for Haiti earthquake relief in 2015. It claimed to have resettled 130,000 Haitians when the number of permanent homes it built was six.

That was just a peccadillo compared with what cuddly-panda WWF (not the Australian arm) got up to in the Congo, funding and equipping anti-poachers in Salonga. The rangers whipped and raped four women carrying fish by a river. Two of the women were pregnant and one later had a miscarriage. The eco-guards tortured male villagers by tying their penises with fishing lines.

WWF commissioned an independent review by a UN human rights bigwig who reported late last year that WWF did “especially weak” oversight in the Congo, fearful of Congo government backlash and ignoring horrifying allegations even by its own low-level officials. WWF in response expressed “deep and unreserved sorrow for those who have suffered,” and said that abuses by park rangers “horrify us and go against all the values for which we stand.” Conveniently, the review did not review the culpability of top WWF officials.

I’m not of course suggesting that our WWF and Dr Hughes were implicated in torturing Congolese – just that scientists seeking public trust ought to keep activist lobbies at arm’s length. Au contraire, Dr Hughes actually shared the “Activist of the Year Award” from the Ngara Institute in 2019, jointly with diagram-challenged Will Steffen. What the dickens is the Ngara Institute? “A not-for- profit activist think tank which puts people, communities & the planet before increasingly predatory capitalism.” Karl Marx would be disappointed that, rather than destroying capitalism, the Institute was destroyed by capitalism, or anyway, “Ngara Institute anti-liberal think tank has sadly now closed.” Locally, WWF Australia is merely striving to destroy the beef and sugar cane industry, as Queensland growers’ group Agforce has demonstrated.[9]

 

DID I mention disturbed teen Greta Thunberg? Well Dr Hughes is more than happy to be mentored by Greta, whom she calls “a beacon of light”. Dr Hughes was out on the Sydney streets with her offspring in 2019 during the Greta-inspired School Strike 4 Climate. From the horse’s mouth:

I was there in Sydney, with my own two kids. Listening to the speeches triggered two very different emotions – deep shame for my own generation, and enormous pride for theirs.

I have since had the privilege of working with several of the rally organisers and they are some of the brightest, most mature, and most committed people I have ever met. If there is such a thing as passion bringing about change, we are in good hands, at least, just as soon as they are old enough to vote.

That’s not all on the Greta-Lesley Nexus to Reform the World. Way back in 2013 a climate fringe-dweller at the ANU called Joe Duggan of Science Circus Program at ANU/Questacon solicited hand-written missives from 40 of the usual climate-alarm suspects, including Dr Hughes, about their inward agonies researching the impending death of the planet. It backfired because Duggan managed to traumatise himself as well:

The results upset and unsettled Duggan whose partner was expecting a child. He withdrew into himself and put the project on hold for about three years. Recently, however, he returned to the project and asked the scientists to write again: had their feelings changed during the intervening years?

Dr Hughes rose to Duggan’s challenge:

My emotions haven’t really changed since I last wrote one of these letters, but things around me have. The beacon of light that is Greta Thunberg, speaking truth to power. Our own wonderful, passionate school kids taking to the streets, making me cry with pride. The only way to cope with all of this is to focus on what I can do, what I’m best at…

Does she mean stick insects? Probably not.

…and hope like hell that enough people, doing what they do best, can overcome. I have some very dark moments, but more than ever before, I feel wrapped in a blanket of collective determination. Hope is a necessary emotion, but more than that, it must be our fundamental strategy to keep us going. Lose it, and we are lost.

Lesley, I at Quadrant Online feel your pain. Talking of pain, Dr Hughes has no qualms about the extermination of the global methane-belching beef and dairy herd, maybe by 2025. She’s an enthusiast for artificial milk which makes Daisy the dairy cow unnecessary. In an over-long piece for The Monthly, she says detractors call this product “frankenmilch”. She writes,

But what if that two-litre container of white stuff looked like milk, tasted like milk, was chemically identical to milk without the bad bits, was cheaper, made a great cappuccino, came without most of the land, water, climate issues, and nothing had to die to produce it? Would you buy it? I would. In a heartbeat. Sorry, Daisy.

Dr Hughes is quite a comedian, not necessarily intentionally. Here she is in July 2019:

But there’s many other ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere, even machines to basic[ally] vacuum it out of the air and convert it into something that doesn’t warm the planet. In 2007, Sir Richard Branson decided to do something serious about this by offering a $US25 million prize in the Virgin Earth Challenge to promote greenhouse gas removal technologies. To date, no one has actually taken out the prize, but currently there are 11 finalists. Our own Tim Flannery is one of the judges, and I have to say that lately he has been giving out hints that perhaps the prize might soon be awarded – we may have to torture him to find out.

Sadly, I didn’t get to torture Tim “Perth Ghost Metropolis” Flannery to find out – I just looked up the wiki. It turns out that finalists were announced by Branson in 2011 and kept on hold for eight years while the self-promoting tycoon harassed them with technical demands rather than paying up. One finalist was finally told the $US25m prize was “on hold indefinitely” and at end 2019, a few months after Dr Hughes laudatory comments, Branson dumped the prize and its website went offline. One finalist who had raised $US60 million investments told a Dutch journal, “”If you want to encourage scientific progress with a prize, it’s not enough to open your mouth and say ‘25 million dollars.’”

Dr Hughes cited Branson’s prize in her speech, Six reasons for hope in the face of climate change.” Her stated goal was to “remove one trillion tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the planet’s atmosphere this century.” She concluded with a fond quote “from the 19th century Italian Marxist politician Antonio Gramsci, who wrote about the tension between the ‘pessimism of the intellect versus the optimism of the will’”whatever that might mean.

I could go on but it’s called beating a dead horse. Instead, here’s an intellectual challenge for you all. Which of these quotes is from Dr Hughes, and which from Greta Thunberg. I offer the winner a prize of up to $US25 million (Terms and conditions apply).

1/ “Emissions reductions over the next decade [are] absolutely critical … because they will determine what happens in the second half of this century and will absolutely determine the nature of climate change as an existential threat to humanity… This is the absolute critical most necessary transformational decade that the human race has probably ever faced.”

2/ “Every year we kill more than 60 billion animals, excluding fish, whose numbers are so great that we only measure their lives by weight. What about their thoughts and feelings?”

3/ “So how to go forward? My emotions haven’t really changed since I last wrote one of these letters, but things around me have. The beacon of light that is Greta Thunberg, speaking truth to power. … I have some very dark moments, but more than ever before, I feel wrapped in a blanket of collective determination. Hope is a necessary emotion, but more than that, it must be our fundamental strategy to keep us going. Lose it, and we are lost.”

4/ “It’s overwhelming to sit at home feeling worried, alone and frustrated. So join Extinction Rebellion, become a Climate Council supporter, join your local climate action group or join the Greens – find the right group for your level of comfort.”

5/ “You say nothing in life is black or white. But that is a lie. A very dangerous lie. Either we prevent 1.5C of warming or we don’t. Either we avoid setting off that irreversible chain reaction beyond human control or we don’t. Either we choose to go on as a civilisation or we don’t. That is as black or white as it gets. There are no grey areas when it comes to survival.”

6/ “This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Postponement: The launch of Tony Thomas’s next book from Connor Court, Foot Soldier in the Culture Wars, has been COVID-postponed from June 16 to the new date of June 30. The launch is at il Gamberos, 166 Lygon St, Carlton Vic at 6.30pm. All welcome, contact tthomas061@gmail.com.

 

Answers to Quiz: Macquarie’s Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes, 1,3,4. Troubled teenager Greta Thunberg, 2,5.6.

 

[1] A recent Nature paper co-authored by Steffen included,

Correction 09 April 2020: The figure ‘Too close for comfort’ in this Comment incorrectly synthesized and interpreted data from the IPCC. The graph labelled the temperatures as absolute, rather than rises; misrepresented the levels of risk; misinterpreted data as coming from a 2007 IPCC report; extrapolated the focus of a 2018 report; and was not clear about the specific sources of the data. The graphic has been extensively modified online to correct these errors.

[2] “From a research background—predicting and then observing the effects of a changing climate on biodiversity— Professor Hughes moved to communicating beyond her scientific peers. Her goal is to translate the science of climate change in all its breadth and complexity to the wider public.”

[3] Last year she won the Tertiary Educator of the Year Award and Overall 2020 NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award.

[4] Effects of mating history on ejaculate size, fecundity, longevity, and copulation duration in the ant-tended lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras

[5] IPCC AR5: “… an analysis of the full suite of CMIP5 historical simulations [computer models] reveals that 111 out of 114 realisations show a [temperature] trend over 1998–2012 that is higher than the entire HadCRUT4 trend [actual temperatures] ensemble. This difference between simulated and observed trends could be caused by some combination of (a) internal climate variability, (b) missing or incorrect radiative forcing, and (c) model response error.” [chapter 9, text box 9.2, page 769]

[6] Hughes was at it again in July 2019: “I strongly believe that moving from the benign phase “climate change” to words that embody the urgency of the action needed, is nonetheless powerful.”

[7] ABC reporters are to maintain “a balance that follows the weight of evidence”. These guidelines for ABC staff lump climate sceptics with anti-vaccination nutters and 9/11 “truthers”.

[8] Lead authors cobble together IPCC sections and chapters from raw material from many contributing authors.

[9] AgForce: “WWF is using tactics that force industries and individual producers to use expensive third-party auditing and certification schemes controlled or manipulated by WWF itself to prove sustainability.”

16 comments
  • Harry Lee

    The war against the climate alarmist/careerists cannot be won by way of facts and logic.
    It’s not that kind of war.
    Lesley Hughes is a front-line careerist pawn, as are the hordes of other “scientists”, fake idealists, and the armies of careerists all through the tax-payer funded public services -including in the education and legal systems, in the ABC and SBS, and in 90% of the commercial media, and in elective politics, right down to Council levels.
    Let us get smart, and identify the power-mongers who are running all this from the shadows. And those shadows run further back than the ALP and Green front-line barkers.
    This climate war is a political war -a war to replace Western Civ with Big Statist control of the lives of Ordinary People. The marxist-inspired commissars and their free-lance money-scooping allies do want to enslave you, you know.

  • Michael

    Harry, I agree that it is a political fight. But I also agree with Michael Rectenwald that:

    “In this postmodern simulacrum called ‘the world,’ I choose to retain ‘truth,’ ‘objectivity,’ ‘reality,’ ‘freedom,’ and ‘the free market’ as values that we approach, if only asymptotically. If we surrender these to the willy-nilly, anything goes ethos of postmodern post-truthism, then that ‘anything’ will be the desiderata of the powerful, to which we will have forfeited our last remaining defenses.”

  • Harry Lee

    Michael -thank you for your comment. I fully agree with you that we must retain empiricism, and freedoms and their associated responsibilities. And yes, we must never surrender. And that means we must fight. My point is this: facts, logic, truth are useless weapons against our enemies. It is simply an empirical truth that to defeat these anti-empirical/ anti-Westernsit enemies, we must employ strategy, tactics, weapons that are fit for purpose. Will not be easy, and we will have to act in unexpected perhaps unpleasant ways that we did not want or imagine to be necessary. Just like the fellas in the First and Second AIFs, and the other services, and as must ADF personnel today.
    (Note that the scummy, parasitic anti-Westernsit Left is currently making progress in its campaign to demonize and delegitimize the SASR and SASR soldiers, and indeed, is far advanced in feminising/emasculating the entire ADF. It’s all happening, and most of good people slumber.)

  • STD

    Climate alarmism is a psychiatric condition- possibly an acute anxiety disorder (precipice disease). Whereby lack of media exposure, leads to a rare form of ADHD- known simply as attention deficit climate hyperactivity disorder (ADCHD) ,symptoms generally manifest as extinction rebellion , climate action and reversal psychosis’. This disease (climate alarmism)is an Australia epidemic resulting from a left wing global pandemic of socialist governments eliciting mental guilt in people so as to falsely justify access to more of other people’s money ,leading to greater control of their lives and welfare living standards.
    Recent medical studies suggest that long term exposure to Marxist stooge indoctrination leads to pea brain diseases in school age children.
    All these disease profiles have a commonality ,in that the Dura surrounding the affected brain tissue exhibit a green tinge, this is thought to be the initial manifestation of hard work wealth envy syndrome.
    Climate studies have shown that this particular disease profile is in large part propagated and expressed because of hyperventilative left wing teaching methods infused with and guising in Marxist idolatry .
    This precipitates as climate action anxiety in affected students ,chiefly because of a lack of teacher mentorship , leading to corrupted student work ethic and thus manifesting and inhibiting proper critical thinking skills that ultimately provide ,or in this case preventing student’s independently thinking outside the said box ,for themselves.

  • Harry Lee

    STD -my many thanks to you for your clear explanation of this terrible disease. I’d just add that an additional effect is that it causes these diseased people to tell poisonous lies. Now, do you think it is the same or merely a similar disease that causes people to tell poisonous lies regarding:
    BLM, deaths in custody, Aboriginal nobility and deep, secret wisdom, gender fluidity, SASR soldiers, that multiculturalism is all pluses/no minuses, and that no agents of the CCP, or other Asian countries, or Islamic ideology/law, or black African power-chiefs have infiltrated Australian institutions -and so are not influencing major decisions in ways that adversely affect Australians of European descent?

  • IainC

    The actual science says it’s Climate Drift, modulated by regional cyclic variations that, if data before 1979 are examined (hah!), have been going on for yonks. I guess if you’re a teenager, one hot year seems like a long term trend, but that’s no excuse for a seasoned scientist, if she were being honest.

  • Stephen

    Dear Tony – Thanks for another good contribution on the vexed subject. I recently watched the recently released Netflix Documentary called Breaking Boundaries narrated by David Attenborough. This show is pretty clearly designed to scare the @#%&! out of everybody and many of my friends who have seen it have bought into its very alarmist message. It seems to be based on a simple premise stated at the very beginning that the temperature has been very stable for 12,000 odd years of the Holocene “as measured by ice cores” without reference right at the beginning.

    I can’t claim to be totally up with the latest on this but I know there have been a lot of efforts to measure the temperature of the past using proxies such as ice cores, tree rings, old corals et al and the general thinking is that there was a “Holocene optimum” I.e. the first few thousand years since the last ice age were warmer the most recent few thousand. If this is true then the whole argument that follows can’t be entirely correct. Sir David has a well deserved good reputation for his nature docos but putting his name to something based on a possibly crook science will only damage his reputation and I’m sure we all remember the Walrus controversy.
    Now I am a curious person with a long standing interest in the subject but I have no scientific qualifications. So Tony, could you please have a look at the show and publish in Quadrant your review of its claims. I’m sure all Quadrant readers would be very interested in your view. Perhaps it could also be offered to the Australian in order to reach a wider audience. I’d suggest offering to the Guardian as well but but my guess is that it would just end up in their bottom draw!

  • Biggles

    Beauty is truth, truth beauty. – That is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – Keats

  • Doubting Thomas

    Attenborough has no credibility as an authority on climate science, or on any other scientific issue. He is an actor working to a script. Ignore him.

    There are a whole library of books out there by people who, while not necessarily “climate” scientists, are certainly well enough qualified to review the rationale of the activists. The whole edifice of Global warmingism rests on the infamous Hockey Stick graph developed by Michael Mann and popularised by Al Gore and the IPCC. The whole Hockey Stick scam was shot down in flames by two Canadians, Steve McIntyre – a mining consultant and Professor Ross McKitrick, an economist and statistician. The easiest way to learn the background is in a layman’s account of the scam and how it was identified and discredited (for all but climate change fanatics) that can be found in the Bishop Hill blog at bishop-hill.net.
    The blog is in hiatus at the moment, but start at the Key Posts tag and be amazed. The blog author, Andrew Montford, summarised most of that in his book “The Hockey Stick Illusion”.
    That this scam continues to exist is a sad comment on the corruption of modern science and the media.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    “Hope is a necessary emotion, but more than that, it must be our fundamental strategy to keep us going. Lose it, and we are lost.” (Professor Hughes)
    I prefer Arthur Schopenhauer’s definition in this context: “the confusion of desire for a thing with its probability”,
    “It is natural,” he also wrote, “to believe true what we desire to be true, and to believe it because we desire it.” But it is not science.

  • Alice Thermopolis

    Meanwhile, down in Cornwall, the G7 carries on tiresomely about solving the “climate crisis,” naturally in a “gender neutral and perhaps a more feminine way”.
    At least according to PM Johnson, who resembles someone who had been carousing all night at the Blue Anchor.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlwjZm57kKg

    The Carbis Bay Hotel, where this event being held, looks familiar.Wasn’t there a Poirot episode here a while back? His creator once lived just around the corner.
    If only he would return and bring all the rogues involved in the Great Climate Heist to justice.

  • Tony Thomas

    To Stephen, thanks for the suggestion but my available time is finite and I’m working on some other priorities.
    Attenborough makes pretty documentaries but science-wise he’s just another loopy alarmist.
    The Australian is very picky about contributors and the Guardian by order from the top will not touch anything contrary to their alarmist dogma. The beauty of writing for Quadrant Online is the fast turnaround to publication.

  • Greg Williams

    The average weight of a human being is about 66 kg. Given the density of a human being is about the same as that of water, we can assume the average volume of a human being is about 66 litres. If you multiply those 66 000 cubic centimetres by the planet’s human population, i.e. 7.5 billion, and convert the result to cubic kilometres, you get 0.459 cubic kilometres. So the entire human population of the planet could be packed into a box 1 kilometre long, 1 kilometre wide, and about 500 metres high. We are about 0.01 percent of the biomass of the planet, or, 1/10 000th. The usable atmosphere of the planet is about 4.2 billion cubic kilometres, which means we humans are about one eight billionth of the size of the atmosphere. We are not a disease on this planet, but more like a spot of acne, and, given our miniscule size in relation to the planet itself, all things that grow and the atmosphere, have little capacity to control anything at all. I am not sure if it is arrogance or stupidity that has led politicians to think that putting up windmills and solar panels is going to control a medium that is 8 billion times our size. Meanwhile, these reverse “Robin Hood” schemes are making rich people richer, poor people poorer, and denying millions of people access to sufficient energy to boil water to make it safe to drink.

  • Harry Lee

    Greg Williams -My respect to you. You present the relevant and valid information on this topic.
    Now, we are surrounded by idiots. And by parasites. And by persons-of-violence. And by anti-Westernists.
    And by weak-minded, badly informed, utterly useless, naive idealists who just want to save the Planet and all its Peoples, at others’ expense, to make ’emselves feel nice and virtuous.
    And all of these people vote for or send money to the ALP or Greens.
    What is to be done? What can be done? Who’d devote their lives to doing it?
    Most who have the requisite abilities and resources say they cannot be bothered. Too hard. Not worth it.
    Why? Because the essential ingredients of our version of Western Civ have already been destroyed.

  • STD

    Harry sorry it took so long to reply. Harry the bottom line is that we in the west have well and truly lost our moral compass en masse. I would say we are nearing a critical point as regard to the Marxist psychological take over of the Western mind.
    Harry in regard to all of this being driven by an avalanche of poisonous lies, I totally agree. I would have thought that at the core of a well educated mind , or for that matter the very basis of educating people would be to teach them right from wrong and in the process teaching children the importance of being honest. These things lay at the heart, the very heart of well developed functional societies, and this what keeps them functional at the level of cultural values and ethics’s .
    As for Multiculturalism, BLM, Antifa , gender and First Nations garbage ect, et al, all of this is as you well know the very basic and core composites of Marxist operating procedures- that is , polarise and split society by pitting society against itself, no bullets needed just take political control through changing the core value systems of a given society.
    Harry the guy’s who nail all of this Marxist rubbish with avid fervour, are one J, Edgar Hoover in his book titled “The Masters of Deceit “ – this is not riveting reading but it does give an insight into how the left wing scum operate and what lengths they will go to conceal. The other guy who is worth a mention is one Tomas Schuman Formerly known as Yuri Bezmenov who worked for the KGB prior to defecting to the West . His US lectures are very enlightening and are available on YouTube – I can’t stress this highly or hard enough, this guy is very smart, articulate- be informed , listen to these lectures , they come directly from the Horses mouth.
    Lastly Harry there is know doubt in my mind that the CCP want Australia , and along with the forces of Islam and the others you made light of, yes I agree, they have agendas that will actively relegate all real Australians , including most notably those of European backgrounds to the margins in time, as what happened to the Jews globally. It’s great to have you batting on our side Harry, keep on keeping on ,Harry.

  • Harry Lee

    STD, thanks for your reply and the leads you provide. Yes, I’m pleased we are on the same team. Best, Harry.

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