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Tim Jackson: Prosperity Without Growth
So much of the analysis of how we respond to climate change assumes that economic growth and emissions reduction are compatible goals. But is this wishful thinking? To question maximising economic growth as an organising principle of society seems close to economic heresy. Enter Tim Jackson, a professor of Sustainable Development and author of the book, "Prosperity Without Growth". He argues it's time to re-think the very notion of growth and what it means to be genuinely prosperous. Jackson is speaking as part of the 2010 Alfred Deakin Lecture series, "Brave New World?". Curated by Tim Flannery, the 2010 Deakins presents the climate change challenge from ten different perspectives, with a focus on ten different spheres of life. Are we, the series asks, willing to take the hard personal, political and economic choices that will truly reduce emissions? Are we brave enough to make the changes -- in thought and deed -- that are required of us? Are we able to shape this new world, or will it shape us? The Deakins were started in May 2001, as part of the celebrations surrounding the Centenary of Federation. Some of Australia's top thinkers came together with key international guests to present their ideas about the nature and future of a civil society. The lecture series was named to honour the legacy of Alfred Deakin, Australia's second Prime Minister, a humanist and nation-builder whose social vision put in place much of Australia's political and social infrastructure. Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). Since 2004, Jackson has been Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission and is the author of their controversial and groundbreaking report, now updated and expanded in the book, "Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet". In addition to his academic work, he is an award-winning playwright with numerous radio-writing credits for the BBC.
Views: 21282 Ian McPherson
David Suzuki: An elder's vision for our sustainable future
At 74, and coming the end of his scientific and broadcasting career, David Suzuki mused on the notion: "If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?" The result is a very special talk full of humour, warmth, insight and passion. At a packed house at the Perth Convention Centre, Suzuki voiced his long-time frustration at the obsession for economic growth at the sacrifice of nature, while urging us all to strive for a sustainable future. The event was hosted by the Perth International Arts Festival and UWA Extension. He is introduced by Josh Byrne, who is a host on ABC Television's "Gardening Australia". David Suzuki was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1936. He has had a long and prolific career as a scientist, environmentalist, broadcaster and author. His scientific field is genetics, but he is best known for his television and radio programs that examine and explain the natural sciences, including "The Secret of Life" and "A Planet for the Taking." He is the co-founder and chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, which was established in 1989 to advocate and educate people about environmental conservation, sustainable ecology and climate change. Suzuki has won many awards for his work including the 2009 Honorary "Right Livelihood Award." He has written over 48 books, his latest being "The Legacy: An Elder's Vision for Our Sustainable Future", on which the lecture he is delivering is based. Sourced as a free MP4 download from the ABC at: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2010/11/16/3066634.htm
Views: 96554 Ian McPherson
Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating - After Words
You don't have to be a true believer to recognise there are few in public life who make an idea sing the way Paul Keating does. And here, in this Sydney Writers Festival special event, he's in full stride speaking with the ABC's Kerry O'Brien. Known as much for his acerbic tongue as for his economic reform, Paul Keating lives up to his reputation at this Sydney Writers' Festival Special Event. The anecdotes flow thick and fast, from reflections on an indignant childhood to the new domestic carbon tax, to the larger geopolitical stage and the opportunities missed by both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. According to Keating, Obama should have had the sword out from Day One. Instead, he's been too concerned with sending all the customers away satisfied. Keating quotes one of his mentors, Jack Lang: "In political life, you need a decent stock of enemies". In a wide-ranging conversation with the ABC's Kerry O'Brien, the loose focus is "After Words", Keating's new collection of post prime ministerial speeches. As you'll see, Keating is clearly enjoying being centre stage once again. Paul Keating became Australia's 24th Prime Minister in 1991 after successfully challenging Bob Hawke for the Labor leadership, and won the so-called "unwinnable" election just over a year later. During office, he introduced compulsory superannuation, deregulated the financial sector and floated the Australian dollar. He was defeated at the 1996 election by his long-time nemesis John Howard, but remains an ebullient contributor to the Australian economic and political arenas. He has recently published a book, "After Words: Post-Prime Ministerial Speeches". Kerry O'Brien is an Australian journalist based in Sydney. He is the former editor and longtime host of "The 7.30 Report" on the ABC and the present host of the current affairs show "Four Corners". O'Brien has had roles as a general reporter, feature writer, political and foreign correspondent, interviewer and compere, and also served as press secretary to then Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. From the ABC's Big Ideas program: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/ A free MP4 of this program is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/11/15/3364437.htm
Views: 22897 Ian McPherson
Big Oil: Stealing from The Poor?
Not much comment needed from me... An ethical masterpiece, from ABC Australia's Four Corners program, absolutely vital to the public interest, worldwide. Awesome work from our public broadcaster! Watch it here, or watch it at the ABC online: Taxing Times in [East] Timor http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/09/27/3599022.htm
Views: 12137 Ian McPherson
Bill Gates on Energy Innovation
The Fukushima nuclear disaster notwithstanding, technology entrepreneur Bill Gates would still bet on nuclear power as the energy source of the near future. In a timely and interesting conversation from the 2011 WIRED Business Conference Wired, Gates points out that the nuclear plants of the future are not even remotely similar to the obsolete Fukushima design. There will be entirely new ways of ensuring plant safety. It is now possible to simulate on a supercomputer all the possible scenarios: earthquakes, tsunamis and other disasters in order to design and construct flawless systems. The problem is that these "perfect" technologies -- some of them funded by Gates himself -- are not quite available for deployment. Not today, and not for many years to come. So, what do we do in the meantime? Bill Gates is speaking here with WIRED Magazine editor Chris Anderson. Bill Gates is chairman of the computer software giant, Microsoft Corporation. Since 2008, Gates no longer has a day-to-day role in the company, spending more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chris Anderson is editor in chief of WIRED magazine, a position he's held since 2001. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, "The Long Tail" and "Free: The Future of a Radical Price". He is also one of the founders of Booktour.com, a free online service that connects authors on tour with potential audiences. In 2007, he was named in Time Magazine's annual Top 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Before joining WIRED, Anderson served as US business editor, Asia business editor, and technology editor at The Economist. He began his media career as an editor at the two premier science journals, "Nature" and "Science". From the ABC's Big Ideas program. A free MP4 is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/10/04/3331828.htm My blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/
Views: 40852 Ian McPherson
Gunter Pauli: The Blue Economy
Gunter Pauli has a dream. The Belgian economist and entrepreneur has a plan to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years. All with zero emissions and no waste. He calls it "The Blue Economy" with innovations covering the full gamut of industrial activity, from energy to mining, from medicine to banking... all of it inspired by science and biometrics. And Pauli isn't all talk... there's plenty of action in the many startup-style projects around the globe funded by his organisation Zero Emissions Research and Initiative, which is now a global network. Memorable achievements include recycling coffee waste for mushroom farming, making biodegradable detergent from discarded citrus peel, and the conversion of petrol stations into 'charge stations' for electric cars. His talk at Sydney University for Sydney Ideas is titled: "The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs". ASPO-Australia's Ian Dunlop makes an appearance on this video, assisting with the Q&A session towards the end of the talk. -------------------------------------------- Gunter Pauli was born in Antwerp, Belgium. His entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. He founded Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) and the subsequent Global ZERI Network which uses science and publicly available information to find and develop sustainable business solutions. Serving clients from remote communities to major corporations, solutions are inspired by what is locally available, building on local knowledge and culture. Pauli has been visiting lecturer and professor at universities around the world, and a board member of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America. Since 2009, he has taken responsibility for the design of an economic development concept based on GNH (Gross National Happiness) principles and values as part of his advisory role in designing an economic development strategy for Bhutan. Pauli has published 19 books and 36 fables bringing science and emotions to children. He is fluent in seven languages and has lived in four continents. -------------------------------------------- The video was source from the Australian ABC's Big Ideas website as a free MP4 download: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/08/16/3293620.htm
Views: 17247 Ian McPherson
Climate Change: Going beyond the dangerous
Kevin Anderson, former Director of the Tyndall Centre (the UK's top academic institute researching climate change) is a depressing guy. Here, in his lecture "Beyond dangerous climate change: emission scenarios for a new world", he lays out the grim reality of climate change, and our inability to address it globally. We are currently mitigating for 4 degrees C of warming and planning for 2 degrees C. As Anderson points out, that's ass backwards. Further, he sees absolutely no way we can meet those targets, given the rapid industrialisation of China and the emerging economies, and the current state of global political inaction. He points out, with brutal honesty, that "climate analysts construct their scenarios not to avoid dangerous climate change but to avoid threatening economic growth". There is, therefore, almost no possibility that we are going to act, either in time or at the scale necessary, to address the challenge facing us. We pretend that 2 degrees C is our threshold. Yet the climate scenarios and plans presented to policymakers do not actually reflect that threshold. As Anderson says, "most policy advice is to accept a high probability of extremely dangerous climate change rather than propose radical and immediate emission reductions." Depressing stuff indeed... -------------------------------------- Download the paper this lecture is based on (written by Anderson and Alice Bows) here: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/audio/Kevin_Anderson_LSE_10-2011.pdf Read David Robert's thoughts about the paper in two articles at Grist: http://grist.org/climate-change/2011-12-05-the-brutal-logic-of-climate-change http://grist.org/climate-policy/2011-12-08-the-brutal-logic-of-climate-change-mitigation/ -------------------------------------- This lecture is part of the London School of Economics Department of International Development Friday Lecture Series. More information can be found here: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=1208 -------------------------------------- Speaker: Professor Kevin Anderson. Recorded on 21 October 2011 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London UK. This lecture is part of the LSE Department of International Development Friday Lecture Series. A question and answer session follows the talk. Kevin Anderson is professor of energy and climate change in the School of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester. He has recently finished a two-year position as director of the Tyndall Centre, the UK's leading academic climate change research organisation, during which time he held a joint post with the University of East Anglia.
Views: 4906 Ian McPherson
Jimmy Carter: In Conversation
President Jimmy Carter has been a Nobel Prize winner, author, humanitarian, professor, peanut farmer, naval officer and carpenter. In this special Intelligence Squared UK interview with Jon Snow from Channel 4 News in London, President Carter talks about his time in office, and the past three decades as a senior statesman and ambassador for the Carter Centre. The interview celebrates his achievements, such as championing of the environment and putting human rights at centre of foreign policy, his pardoning of draft dodgers, transferring ownership of the Panama Canal to that country and the historic Camp David Accord between Israel and Egypt. His regrets, we learn, include the Tehran hostage crisis, which cost him second term. In January 1981, the final insult came when the hostages were released twenty mins after Carter left office. The interview is also personally insightful, including classic anecdotes about meeting his wife Rosalyn, teaching Sunday School, and the reasons why he never moved out of his rather small house. He then takes questions from the audience of two and a half thousand at London's Royal Festival Hall. Jimmy Carter was US President from 1977 to 1981. His administration's main foreign policy achievements include the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. He was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only US President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia. Previous to that, he was a peanut farmer and naval officer. After stepping down, he decided to establish the Carter Centre along with his wife Rosalynn in 1982 with its humanitarian agenda to wage peace, fight disease and build hope worldwide. Carter is a key figure in the "Habitat for Humanity" project, and also remains vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jon Snow is an English journalist and TV presenter, currently employed by ITN. He is best known for presenting Channel 4 News. Snow was Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University from 2001 to 2008. Sourced as a free MP4 download from the ABC's Big Ideas program: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/11/29/3378167.htm
Views: 13175 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil and Climate Change - Ian Dunlop - Amplify Festival 2011
Ian Dunlop is Deputy Convener of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Ian gave this talk at the 2011 Amplify Festival. The Amplify Festival is "an investment by AMP in its people, partners and customers. The programme is designed to engage heart and mind, logic and emotion, theory and practice, serious learning and fun." The Emergency Transition to Global Sustainability is the greatest innovation wave in history, Australia just doesn't know it -- yet! Population growth, rapidly increasing consumption and short-termism are triggering the long-anticipated implosion of our conventional market economy -- the immediate symptoms are global warming, peak oil prices, food and water shortages and financial instability. Holistic solutions are essential, yet we still talk in silos, focused on the minutiae of carbon "taxes" and compensation, defending the status quo whilst ignoring the bigger picture. This is the greatest chance we have ever had to set the country on to a genuinely sustainable footing -- we should not waste it. Ian's talk explains how global sustainability connects with each and every one of us and explores how we can all contribute to this do or die scenario. More presentations from the Amplify Festival: http://www.amplifyfestival.com.au/ ASPO Australia: http://www.aspo-australia.org.au/ My blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/
Views: 1423 Ian McPherson
Alan Jones: The Closet Recordings
WARNING: THIS RECORDING CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE There's been much ado about Alan Jones lately, insulting the Prime Minister and such. But we tend to forget the essential nature of the man; his monumental ego, his hard-right abrasive politics and his abusive temperament. Lest we forget, I offer the sample above, compliments of the ABC's JJJ Hack archive. I'll let JJJ Hack do the introduction: "He says Julia Gillard's father John 'died of shame' because of her political lies... and yesterday had some trouble pushing out a convincing apology. One thing Alan does NOT have trouble doing, is letting his temper fly. "As advertisers abandon his program and calls for his sacking grow louder, Hack returns to a station favourite: the leaked Alan Jones stuff up tapes. Sit back and enjoy as Alan curses 'the f#%!ing dust!' demands 'who the f*&$ is Huey Lewis?' and wonders 'what's that poking up like a broken penis for?'" From the ABC JJJ Hack team: http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/stories/s3601366.htm Join the 110,000 people calling for Alan Jones' sacking at: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/2gb-and-advertisers-immediately-cease-association-with-alan-jones-over-died-of-shame-comment-boycott2gb More on the blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?p=2706
Views: 11103 Ian McPherson
Wichita Lineman - Stolen Van
From the Stolen Van album (from the band of the same name), an excellent jazz instrumental version of this great song. The band no longer exists. I purchased the CD at The Basement in Sydney at the door after one of their gigs (it was a great gig!). I used iTunes and the free iTunes Visualizer (LED Spectrum Analyzer plug-in for iTunes -- version 3.1) to display the graphics, and Screenium to record the video and audio to a QuickTime file. Get the free iTunes Visualizer (Mac OS X only) here: http://apptree.net/ledsa.htm The video was captured in lossless format and then exported from Screenium. The final QuickTime file specs were as follows: 1280px (w) x 720px (h) H.264 compression 25fps Automatic data rate Automatic key frames Frame reordering unchecked AAC Audio -- constant bit rate Fast Start
Views: 1270 Ian McPherson
Climate Change - Paul Gilding - The Great Disruption
Australian Paul Gilding is a former head of Greenpeace International and a leading voice in the sustainability debate. In his latest book, "The Great Disruption", he offers a stark and unflinching look at the economic challenges facing humanity. Perhaps more difficult even than fixing climate change, he argues, will be to wean ourselves off "growth fetishism" and the grand delusion that infinite growth is possible on a finite planet. After 50 years of evidence, Gilding says that the fact of climate change is not as well proven as gravity, but pretty close. The arguments of the climate-deniers he likens to those of an alcoholic. No amount of data will convince them what they are doing is bad for them. One day they will wake up. At the same time, Gilding promotes the deeply optimistic message that from this crisis we'll see humanities best: compassion, innovation, resilience and adaptability. At the RSA in London, he outlines his strategies for humanity to survive and thrive in the 21st century. http://paulgilding.com/ Video sourced from the ABC Big Ideas website, where a free MP4 is available for download: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/10/22/3341687.htm
Views: 591 Ian McPherson
Classical Gas: Tommy Emmanuel and the Endless Road String Quartet
The Endless Road String Quartet is from Lexington, Kentucky (left to right): Julie Lastinger - violin, Christina Simpson - violin, Joanna Binford - viola and Rebecca Kiekenapp - cello. From the Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Festival Rietberg, Germany, August 14th 2008.
Views: 3491 Ian McPherson
Arithmetic, Population and Energy - Albert Bartlett
This lecture convinced me of the inevitability of peak oil. Albert A. Bartlett is Professor Emeritus in Nuclear Physics at University of Colorado at Boulder. He has been a member of the faculty of the University of Colorado since 1950. He was President of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1978 and in 1981 he received their Robert A. Millikan Award for his outstanding scholarly contributions to physics education. Dr. Bartlett has given his celebrated lecture, Arithmetic, Population and Energy over 1,600 times. His collected writings have been published in the book, "The Essential Exponential! For the Future of Our Planet". More: http://www.albartlett.org/ Sourced from: http://www.archive.org/details/ArithmeticPopulationAndEnergy
Views: 1333 Ian McPherson
Climate Change: Next Generation Nuclear Power
We know the greenhouse gas message. More extreme weather, more acidic oceans, more flooded coastlines. There is a remedy - switch to more carbon-free nuclear power. ABC Catalyst takes a brief look at the history of the industry and the new GenIV nuclear reactors. Interested people should find out more from the following links, as there are a number of development directions and differing technologies. Many of these new GenIV reactors are being designed to produce electricity and hydogen, as a bridge to the often-criticised, perhaps impossible "hydrogen economy". Generation IV: Technology Roadmap http://www.gen-4.org/Technology/roadmap.htm Gen IV (US Department of Energy) http://nuclear.energy.gov/genIV/neGenIV1.html Nuclear Power Plants - Now Safer and Cheaper (ABC Science Show) http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/nuclear-power-plants---now-safer-and-cheaper/3125388 Video sourced from Catalyst as a free MP4 download: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3608402.htm More on the blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?p=2866
Views: 7823 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil - Conventional crude oil production peaked in 2006
Grim words from Fatih Birol at the IEA. Unless we find four new Saudi Arabias, real soon now, we're going to be in big trouble in the future. From the ABC Catalyst show, 28 April 2011. ASPO Australia: http://www.aspo-australia.org.au/ My blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/
Views: 2172 Ian McPherson
Alan Jones - Coal Seam Gas - National Press Club Address
On October 19, 2011 at the National Press Club in Canberra Australia, Alan Jones delivered this address; "Australia's national Interest -- Food security and the protection of the Australian regional way of life." It has since become a rallying call for Australia's farmers and environmentalists, concerned about the country's true wealth; it's soil and water. Federal and State governments are now having to face an enormous backlash from the public as the dangers of coal seam gas mining, extraction and production are gradually revealed. As the farmers say; it's time to "Lock The Gate!". Since this speech, a federal Senate Inquiry into the coal seam gas industry has recommended a moratorium on coal seam gas projects in key parts of Queensland and New South Wales until the completion of studies into the impact on groundwater. Unusually, all sides of politics have endorsed the recommendation. More recently, an analysis of treated coal seam gas water discharged from the Santos owned Narrabri Coal Seam Gas project in north-west western New South Wales, commissioned by a coalition of environmental groups, shows that the level of ammonia in treated water returned to the river system is three times higher than it should be. More information, interviews and reports are available on my blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?page_id=759 Also of interest - the Lock The Gate Alliance: http://lockthegate.org.au/ -------------------------- Alan Jones is a graduate of Queensland and Oxford Universities and was speech writer and senior adviser to the then Prime Minister, Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser. Alan was elected Australian Rugby Union Coach in 1984 and coached Australia, until early 1988, to 89 victories in 102 matches. In 1984, he coached Australia's national team, the Wallabies, to their now-famous Grand Slam with victories over England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland and a Barbarian side made up of the best players of those countries and France. During this tour, one British newspaper described Alan Jones as "the most approachable and articulate Rugby person to visit Britain in the last 40 years". The London Times' sports writer stated that Alan "has the most analytical brain I have encountered in charge of a national side". Alan is regarded by many as one of Australia's most gifted public speakers. In March 1985, Alan Jones was recruited to join Radio 2UE as their morning radio host and quickly established himself in the competitive world of Sydney radio. Alan Jones has now joined the Macquarie Radio Network on Radio 2GB 873 in the 5.30am to 10am slot and returned Radio 2GB to the No.1 radio station in the Sydney market and has, yet again, been recognised by his peers as the No.1 talk personality and current affairs personality in Australian radio. In 2003, Alan Jones was awarded the inaugural Sir Roden Cutler Medal, commemorating the memory of the former distinguished soldier and New South Wales Governor, Sir Roden Cutler, for his services to charity. In June 2005 Alan was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (A.O.) in the Queen's Birthday Honours for service to the community as a supporter of and fundraiser for a wide range of not-for-profit organisations, to the media, and to sports administration. Alan Jones is former Deputy Chairman of the Australian Sports Commission and Deputy Chairman of the New South Wales Institute of Sport. Alan Jones appeared daily for 20 years until June 2007 making editorial comment on the Channel Nine Today Show.
Views: 2912 Ian McPherson
Gen X & Y: Suffering a Narcissism Epidemic?
Poor attention span. Lack of concentration. Poor writing skills and dysfunctional spelling. You'll find these problems - and many more - amongst Gen X & Y. Digital technology means we can access more information faster than ever before but is this broadening and deepening our knowledge, or is fast information like fast food? Even away from the screen, many of us are obsessing about our online social life but is all this self-focus fuelling a narcissism epidemic? Catalyst takes a look at the narcissism epidemic, information overload and experiencing the internet through avatars. Can a virtual experience through an avatar affect our health, behaviour, or make us believe in experiences that never really happened? Video sourced from ABC Catalyst as a free MP4 download: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/default.htm
Views: 15402 Ian McPherson
Aussie 17-year-old Arthur Sissis claims first Moto3 podium finish
South Australian 17-year-old Arthur Sissis grabbed his first career podium finish in the world Moto3 championship event at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday. Sissis, from Adelaide, finished third as Germany's recently crowned world champion Sandro Cortese won the 23-lap race at Phillip Island from Portugal's Miguel Oliveira. With a previous best in 15 world championship races of fifth, Sissis diced with a pack of riders throughout before sealing third place on his Red Bull KTM. Cortese led most of the race on his KTM after starting from pole position. Oliveira made a late-race pass on Cortese, but the German recovered to re-take the lead on the second-last lap. Cortese had already wrapped up this year's world title at the last event in Malaysia. Arthur Sissis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Sissis MotoGP Profile: http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Arthur+Sissis
Views: 2361 Ian McPherson
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Australian Parliament 17-11-2011
US President Barack Obama has declared the Asia-Pacific region his nation's top priority in an address to a special sitting of Australia's Federal Parliament. From the ABC's coverage of the event November 17, 2011. I recorded this using the EyeTV on my iMac from the digital television coverage on the ABC. No copyright disclaimer was published on-air and none appear on the edited footage used by the ABC for shorter video segments.
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Peak oil: Meet the frackers
All the oil majors and energy agencies - including ExxonMobil, BP, the IEA and the EIA - project that we can meet growing world oil demand for the next two decades with increased production from OPEC, more unconventional oil production, biofuels, better extraction technology and massive growth in the uptake of hybrid cars. But there's something wrong with this picture. Not only might this not be possible; it might be simply unthinkable, at least for unconventional oil production. Oil industry boosters and their enablers in the media and financial community are currently crowing about fracking for shale oil, the controversial practice of injecting chemicals, sand and water into rock under pressure, kilometres under the earth, close to vital water aquifers. This process is being spruiked as having turned around US oil production. Well, this is true to a degree, as it has caused an increase in US oil production, but is a long, long way from equalling the peak of production in 1970-71, and it is very unlikely that it will ever do so. The process is expensive, the wells peak very quickly, the economics are debatable, and the environmental impacts are highly undesirable. Australia's ABC recently travelled to the US to "meet the frackers", and see what it would be like if we decided to roll out fracking to meet our oil production needs. Check it out yourself. See what living amongst oil rigs would be like. Then ask yourself whether this is the sort of world you would want to live in. For those that are interested, I have a longer explanation, and take a thorough look at shale oil production in the US, on my blog at: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?p=1839 Visit the ABC's Foreign Correspondent page: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2012/s3441606.htm Recorded on my iMac using EyeTV.
Views: 12017 Ian McPherson
Mike Hulme - Why We Disagree About Climate Change
Mike Hulme is a UK Professor of Climate Change who thinks we've mistaken the means for the end when it comes to climate change action. On a visit to Australia, he gives an impassioned lecture about why it's such a hard sell in such a "partisan era". We should stop focusing, he says, on the goal of trying to "stop climate change", or identifying which risks are natural or not. Instead, Hulme says we should focus on ensuring that the basic needs of the world's growing population are adequately met. It's a very plain argument, which is also hopeful about the future. Amongst Hulme's "good news" stories is India's considerable solar power production. His lecture at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute was given in conjunction with the Hot Science Global Citizens symposium. He was introduced by Australian climate scientist, David Karoly. Professor Mike Hulme is a Professor of Climate Change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Hulme was, for 12 years, a senior researcher in the Climatic Research Unit, part of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. In 2000, he founded the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a distributed virtual network organisation headquartered at UEA, which he directed until July 2007. Hulme is the author of "Why We Disagree About Climate Change". From the ABC's Big Ideas program. A free MP4 is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/06/14/3243518.htm My blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/
Views: 6053 Ian McPherson
Geoengineering... a good idea?
In this segment, the ABC's Lateline takes a look at one Canadian entrepreneur's efforts at Geoengineering, designed to increase the local fish harvests for the indigenous Haida villagers that funded the idea. There is little background on Russ George in this show, but Alex Smith at Radio Ecoshock took a look at this serial climate hacker back in October. http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3639093.htm http://www.ecoshock.info/2012/10/ocean-geoengineering-serial-climate.html I can't help but be a little cynical about this approach to our carbon problems. Having failed to reduce our CO2 emissions in line with the science, we're still looking for a "magical" solution -- something that lets us sweep the issue under the carpet, and go back to consuming more gadgets, watching more "reality" TV and buying more fried chicken. Playing any further games with the atmosphere, of course, is an enormous risk, as it is possibly the most vulnerable part of the earth's biosphere. Albert Bartlett sums it up: "So to be successful with this experiment of human life on earth, we have to understand the laws of nature as we encounter them in the study of science and mathematics. We should remember the words of Aldous Huxley, that 'facts do not cease to exist because they're ignored'. We should remember the words of Eric Sevareid; he observed that 'the chief source of problems is solutions.' This is what we encounter every day: solutions to problems just make the problems worse." ~ Albert Bartlett, from his lecture on exponential growth http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?page_id=1992 As to solutions like space-based mirrors, they would seem to require international agreement (momentarily absent), and an enormous financial commitment that would need to be shared on an international basis. In a world reeling from austerity measures, this funding is unlikely to come about any time soon. It's all about the money of course. Unwilling to genuinely negotiate an international plan to save ourselves from our own actions, we are using all available means to ignore the problem, deny the science and underfund mitigation and adaption measures. In hindsight, it's clear that our current energy system, based as it is upon emitting fossil fuel emissions into a finite atmosphere, was a very bad idea. I expect that we'll flail about for some time, looking for some patsy who'll pay the price, until it dawns upon us that there isn't one, and we're all going to have to divvy up to avoid the worst. Austerity? I don't think we truly understand what that means. Re-engineering the world's energy system is the largest challenge we've ever faced, and we need to do it before 2050, just when we are facing an imminent world peak in the production of oil and gas. We are so good at creating "deadlines". Pity we're not so good at dealing with them...
Views: 475 Ian McPherson
Will Steffen: The Age of the Anthropocene
One of Australia's leading climate change scientists, Will Steffen, takes us on a journey through the science of measuring humanity's effect on the planet. Using tangible, real measures, Steffen shows the profound change in the planet since the Industrial Revolution. He argues that now, more than at any other time, humanity is the single most influential factor in global changes, so much so that we should recognise that now is "the age of mankind" - or what he likes to call "The Anthropocene". Professor Will Steffen is Executive Director of the Australian National University's Climate Change Institute. Steffen has a long history in international global change research, serving from 1998 to 2004 as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), based in Sweden. Prior to that, he was the inaugural director of the ANU's Fenner School of Environment and Society. From 2004, Steffen has served as science adviser to the Federal Government's Department of Climate Change. Sourced as a free MP4 download from the ABC's Big Ideas program: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/04/05/3181734.htm
Views: 1916 Ian McPherson
Harry Jenkins - Valedictory speech
They're dropping like flies... Here's former Speaker Harry Jenkins delivering his valedictory speech to Parliament, paying tribute to past and current Labor leaders.
Views: 3311 Ian McPherson
Techno-Fix - Dr. Michael Huesemann interview
An excellent interview from the Extraenvironmentalist with Dr. Michael Huesemann, author of Techno-Fix, focusing on "technological optimism" and why technological solutions have failed to solve our long-term problems with resource scarcity and environmental degradation. The Extraenvironmentalist by Seth Moser-Katz and Justin Ritchie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. I have not edited the show at all; it appears here exactly as it was podcast. Sourced as a free MP3 download from the Extraenvironmentalist website at: http://www.extraenvironmentalist.com/ Dr. Michael Huesemann's Techno-Fix website is at: http://www.technofix.org/
Views: 1269 Ian McPherson
Casey Stoner to retire from MotoGP in 2012
Two time world motorcycling champion Casey Stoner has stunned motorsport fans by announcing he will retire at the end of the 2012 season. The 26-year-old Australian (who was leading the MotoGP standings at the time), made his announcement at a news conference ahead of the French Grand Prix. "After a long period of thought and numerous discussions with my wife and family, I have decided to stop competing at the end of the season," said Honda's defending champion. Video sourced from the Australian ABC.
Views: 2931 Ian McPherson
Nina Ricci Perfume radio ad - 30 seconds
This is the fifth of a series of radio and TV sound tracks I will be adding to my website, using the Spectrum Analyser technique I have posted here previously, but produced in HD "Lite" resolution. I will be embedding these videos on my site in place of MP3s that I use now. I think the addition of the analyser makes the tracks more interesting, without distracting from the content. I wrote the lyrics for these commercials, and the music was produced by Australian advertising music legends WAM Music, and in two other cases, musician and producer Les Gock. I used to record a demo track for the music producers, using a TEAC 4-track tape recorder and a cheap drum machine, with me singing and doing the voice over on separate tracks. I would them copy this to cassette to send as a brief. Obviously, they improved my efforts vastly :) I used iTunes and the free iTunes Visualizer (LED Spectrum Analyzer plug-in for iTunes -- version 3.1) to display the graphics, and Screenium to record the video and audio to a QuickTime file. The video was captured in lossless format and then exported from Screenium. The final QuickTime file specs were as follows: 1280px (w) x 720px (h) H.264 compression 25fps Automatic data rate Automatic key frames Frame reordering unchecked AAC Audio -- constant bit rate Fast Start
Views: 13810 Ian McPherson
Australia: A Nuclear Future?
Australia: A Nuclear Future? (Barry Brook, Gus Nathan, Kim Talus) With the obvious urgent need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and the global demand for energy rising exponentially, nuclear energy may be the only non-carbon-emitting technology capable of meeting the world's requirements. The nuclear industry's image has been compromised by the threat of weapons proliferation, reactor malfunctions and the storage of radioactive waste. However, today's proponents argue that improvements in reactor design have made them safer, as well as more fuel-efficient and cost-competitive to build, compared with coal plants. With renewable energy sources currently unable to provide enough baseload power, is nuclear energy our best option for reducing carbon emissions? Will the next generation of reactors make nuclear the clean, green option? Participants in the panel discussion include energy technology entrepreneur Gus Nathan, environmental scientist Barry Brook, and international energy law expert Kim Talus. Talus is especially critical of the absence of balanced and objective discussion about nuclear energy in Australia, the polarised positions akin to a "religious issue". He also opines the lack of public education and industry expertise. Brook is convinced a very fast reactor is something Australia should be strongly considering. "Thinking Critically About Sustainable Energy: A Nuclear Future" is the fourth of a series of public forums hosted by RiAus aimed at providing a comprehensive examination of sustainable energy technologies and a critical evaluation of their potential for reducing carbon emissions. The event is in association with the Centre for Energy Technology, the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute and the Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources. ------------------------------------- Gus Nathan is Director of the Centre for Energy Technology. His research career has been aimed at developing sustainable energy technologies, spanning combustion and emissions control, bio-fuels, the mechanics of single and two-phase flows, and geothermal, solar and wind energies. Within these fields he has authored or co-authored some 60 papers in international journals and 110 for peer-reviewed conferences, delivered keynote lectures at international conferences, and applied for seven patents which have been filed or granted internationally. Professor Nathan led the design team for the award-winning fuel and combustion system for the Sydney Olympic Relay Torch. Barry Brook is an environmental scientist known for his lively blog at bravenewclimate.com. He is currently Sir Hubert Wilkins Chair of Climate Change at the University of Adelaide's Environment Institute. Brook completed his PhD at Macquarie University on the subject of population viability analysis in 1999. He has a background in biodiversity management and conservation ecology. Brook's work focuses on global environmental change, and the impact that climate change and global warming are having on traditional risks to natural systems. In recent years he has become a respected commentator on energy policy, and has conducted considerable research on systems modeling for sustainable energy. He recently co-authored with Ian Lowe the book "Why vs. Why: Nuclear Power". Kim Talus is a lecturer in International Energy and Resources Law at the UCL School of Energy and Resources, Australia. Previously, Kim worked as a researcher at the Institute of International Economic Law at the University of Helsinki where his research focused on European Union energy law. He has also worked in private practice and at the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Talus has received several international awards for his work, including the 2008 Scholarship Award of the International Bar Association. ------------------------------------- Sourced from the ABC's Big Ideas as a free MP4 download at: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/02/15/3138360.htm
Views: 1144 Ian McPherson
Shady Dealings -- The Garageband Mix
Created using Band-in-a-Box for Mac. Exported as a MIDI file. Basic mix produced in QMidi Pro for Mac. Exported again as a MIDI file. Imported into Garageband. Final mix produced in Garageband, using Garageband instruments. Exported as a high quality MP3 file. Imported into iTunes. Combined with DiscoBrick Visualizer to produce this video. Most of the important stuff, like individual instrument levels and the final stereo mix, had to be produced in Garageband. Hope you like the tune -- I'll have more on the production of the tune and the video on the blog later.
Views: 211 Ian McPherson
Apple founder Steve Wozniak to become Australian citizen
Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, was interviewed yesterday on Radio 4BC while purchasing his new iPhone 5 in Brisbane, Australia. During the interview he told listeners that he was in the process of applying for Australian citizenship. More on the blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/?p=2606 From Radio 4BC, Brisbane Australia: http://www.4bc.com.au/blogs/4bc-blog/steve-wozniak-at-chermside/20120921-26ak4.html#.UF5LdmqCicl
Views: 840 Ian McPherson
Oil & Gas: Thom Hartmann interviews Michael T. Klare
Thom Hartmann interviews academic and author Professor Michael T. Klare in a special edition of "Conversations with Great Minds". Michael T. Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, and defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of "The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources". Klare also teaches at Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Klare also serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights Watch, and the Arms Control Association. He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Nation, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, and is a frequent columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus. Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist and entrepreneur, and progressive political commentator. Video sourced from RT.com as a free MP4 download: http://rt.com/programs/big-picture/impeach-scalia-thom-conversations/
Views: 1183 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil - Club Of Rome - Ian Dunlop
Ian Dunlop is Deputy Convener of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil. Working with the Club of Rome, Ian wrote and helped produce this presentation on Peak Oil, also available as a Flash application here (Mac Only): http://sydneypeakoil.com/downloads/COR_peak_oil_ian_dunlop.app.zip ASPO Australia: http://www.aspo-australia.org.au/ The Club of Rome: http://www.clubofrome.org/ My blog: http://ianmcpherson.com/blog/
Views: 1213 Ian McPherson
Climate Change: Taking Australia's Temperature, Part 2
Jonica Newby, from the ABC's Catalyst program, looks at Australia's changing climate. The program is a bit corny, but the facts and figures speak for themselves. Transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3633447.htm Available as a free MP4 download from here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/vodcast/default.htm
Views: 2230 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil: A Staggering Challenge to "Business As Usual"
A very clever animated documentary from Incubate Pictures, that lays out the challenges to "business as usual" that society faces over the next century. The decisions that we make within the next 50 years will seal the fate of the human race. This movie was an enormous undertaking, and the authors should be congratulated for their effort to bring these issues to the attention of the public. The author speaks about the video here: http://www.hubberts-arms.org/index.php/topic,14997.0.html From Incubate Pictures: http://www.incubatepictures.com/ In conjunction with: http://www.postcarbon.org/
Views: 18044 Ian McPherson
Casey Stoner wins 2012 Australian MotoGP in his retirement year
Reigning World Champion Casey Stoner has won the 2012 Australian MotoGP in his retirement year, beating out new World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow. The 27-year-old knocked back an offer of more than $15 million when he made his decision to retire, because he had lost his passion for the sport. His paymasters at Honda discovered, to their surprise, that no amount of money would convince Stoner to reverse his decision to focus on more time with wife Adriana and baby daughter Alessandra, who turns one in February. "If Casey had accepted our record offer he would easily have been Honda's highest-paid employee," Honda Racing Corporation executivevice-president Shuhei Nakamoto said. "Honda offered Casey more than we ever paid any of our Formula One drivers, including Jenson Button. When I went to the Honda board for approval they said to me, 'Are you crazy?' But I told them we had to try to keep Casey for one more season," he said. "I worked hard to get the budget approved, and then Casey told me he had lost his passion and it was not about money. I believe him." Honda's offer is believed to be the highest base salary guaranteed to an Australian sportsman, including golfing great Greg Norman. Casey Stoner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casey_Stoner MotoGP Profile: http://www.motogp.com/en/riders/Casey+Stoner
Views: 6921 Ian McPherson
Women Warriors for the Environment
With our planet in peril and so many of our politicians in denial, more and more private citizens, including writers, feel compelled to take up the battle. US science historian Naomi Oreskes exposed the web of vested interests behind US climate deniers with her book "Merchants of Doubt". Meanwhile, award-winning young Australian writer Anna Krien immersed herself in the battle to save Tasmania's wilderness in her debut book, "Into The Woods". They explain their similar passions, different strategies and what it's like to make powerful enemies to the former Young Environmentalist of the Year, Amanda McKenzie. Naomi Oreskes is professor of history and science studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has won numerous prizes for her work and has lectured widely in diverse venues. Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change", cited by Al Gore in "An Inconvenient Truth", led to op-ed pieces in various American newspapers and to Congressional testimony in the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. "Merchants of Doubt" is her first book. Anna Krien is the author of "Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests". Her work has been published in The Monthly, The Age, The Big Issue, Griffith Review, and many other magazines and journals. Krien won the Australian Press Council Award at the age of 18 and was also awarded the 2008 Val Vallis Award. Amanda McKenzie is a passionate sustainability leader and social entrepreneur. She was the 2009 joint Young Environmentalist of the Year after co-founding Australian Youth Climate Coalition at the age of 23. The AYCC has grown into one of the nation's largest and most successful youth-run organisations with 56,000 individual members and 25 organisational members. McKenzie presented to the Senate committee on climate policy in 2009 and was invited to serve on the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee NGO Round Table in 2010. Sourced from the ABC's Big Ideas program as a free MP4: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2011/07/12/3266867.htm
Views: 462 Ian McPherson
Climate Change and Australia
Sarah Clarke from the ABC investigates the impacts that climate change can be expected to have on Australia this century, based on the science from the experts, not the nonsense emanating from the conservative echo-chamber of climate change denial. If you want to know more, visit the Skeptical Science website. These people have sorted the denial from the science, and can be trusted to give you the facts, for good or bad: http://www.skepticalscience.com/ Excellent reporting from the ABC. Excellent work by Sarah Clarke. We will thank them in the decades to come: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-21/the-environment-quarter/4474322
Views: 9366 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil: Robert Overtz interviews Michael T. Klare
Marin Commons Presents Michael T. Klare Ph.D. in conversation with Robert Ovetz Ph.D. (March 16, 2012) Michael Klare and Robert Ovetz discuss Klare's observations in his new book "The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the Worlds Last Resources". Producer: Jim Geraghty. MP4 sourced from: http://archive.org/details/MarinCommonsPresentsMichaelT.KlarePh.d.InConversationWithRobertOvetz
Views: 1093 Ian McPherson
Aussie "Ant" West a strong 2nd in Australian Moto2 GP
Aussie rider Anthony West has scored his second podium finish in two races, claiming second in the Moto2 race at the AirAsia Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island. West fought his way from fourth late in the race to pass new world champion Marc Marquez and Briton Scott Redding in the final two laps. He finished second behind runaway winner, Pol Espargaro, the Spaniard finishing 16 seconds ahead of the Australian. It's West's second podium in two races, after also finishing second in Malaysia last weekend, his first top-three finish since 2005. "It's unbelieveable," West said after the race. "I worked all my life just to be here." Renowned as a wet-weather master, it's his first dry-weather podium since the British 250cc Grand Prix in 2003, posted one race after his maiden win in the Dutch TT at Assen. Tagged as a specialist when the track gets damp, West says he's glad to have proven the knockers wrong with a top finish on a dry track. "I'm sick of all the people telling me how good I am in the wet!" Anthony West: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_West_%28motorcycle_racer%29 Website: http://www.antwest13.com.au/
Views: 1508 Ian McPherson
Studio Artist paints a landscape
I recorded Studio Artist, from Synthetik Software, painting a landscape automatically, using the program's presets. This was a blended oil preset. The video runs for just over 1 minute. More on Studio Artist: http://synthetik.com/
Views: 1718 Ian McPherson
Peak Oil: Jeremy Rifkin - The Third Industrial Revolution
Writer and thinker Jeremy Rivkin delivers this address to the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) in London on the critical need to develop our economies into a post carbon Third Industrial Revolution, or else we'll spiral into a "dangerous endgame". Rivkin is the president of the Foundation of Economic Trends and the author of numerous books on the impact of scientific and technological changes in on the economy, the workforce, society and the environment. Rifkin is compelling in addressing the coming convergence of internet technology and digital communications with energy and environmental issues. He has been an advisor to the European Union since 2002 and in that capacity has been the principle architect of the Third Industrial Revolution long term economic sustainability plan addressing the global economic crisis, energy security and climate change. ------------------------------------------ A little heavy on the "hydrogen economy", which many experts believe to be an unrealisable (but awesomely attractive) dream. Still, Jeremy obviously gets "peak oil" and "climate change"! ------------------------------------------ Sourced from the Australian ABC's Big Ideas program as a free MP4 download: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2012/05/21/3507370.htm
Views: 2691 Ian McPherson
Harry's Cafe de Wheels - Gary Sleeman
This video contains 5 radio commercials for the Harry's Cafe de Wheels outlet in Forster, Australia. They are consecutive, and range in length between 45 and 30 seconds. I organised Gary Sleeman to write the commercials for Harry's owner Michael Hannah. Gary is a multi-award winning radio radio comedy writer, based in Newcastle. Synchronicity... :) The cast of characters includes Dad, Dave, Harry's, the dunny (penthouse) and Doreen, the missing tattooed sister. Have fun. Here's the Harry's website: http://www.harryscafedewheels.com.au/ Here's the menu: http://www.harryscafedewheels.com.au/Menu.aspx Here's the history: http://www.harryscafedewheels.com.au/History_of_Harrys_Pies.aspx
Views: 273 Ian McPherson
Climate Change: Taking Australia's Temperature, Part 1
Jonica Newby, from the ABC's Catalyst program, looks at Australia's changing climate. The program is a bit corny, but the facts and figures speak for themselves. Transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3633447.htm Available as a free MP4 download from here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/vodcast/default.htm
Views: 8328 Ian McPherson
The Price of Carbon
We are all paying the price of carbon pollution. It's time to put a price on carbon and make the polluters stop the carbon destruction. Video from Climate Reality. Narrated by Reggie Watts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY-ZnpWbJdw http://ClimateRealityProject.org
Views: 52 Ian McPherson
Climate Change: NASA tracks Earth's melting land ice
In the first comprehensive satellite study of its kind, a University of Colorado at Boulder-led team used NASA data to calculate how much Earth's melting land ice is adding to global sea level rise. Using satellite measurements from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), the researchers measured ice loss in all of Earth's land ice between 2003 and 2010, with particular emphasis on glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica. The total global ice mass lost from Greenland, Antarctica and Earth's glaciers and ice caps during the study period was about 4.3 trillion tons (1,000 cubic miles), adding about 0.5 inches (12 millimeters) to global sea level. That's enough ice to cover the United States 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) deep. "Earth is losing a huge amount of ice to the ocean annually, and these new results will help us answer important questions in terms of both sea rise and how the planet's cold regions are responding to global change," said University of Colorado Boulder physics professor John Wahr, who helped lead the study. "The strength of GRACE is it sees all the mass in the system, even though its resolution is not high enough to allow us to determine separate contributions from each individual glacier." About a quarter of the average annual ice loss came from glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica (roughly 148 billion tons, or 39 cubic miles). Ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica and their peripheral ice caps and glaciers averaged 385 billion tons (100 cubic miles) a year. Results of the study will be published online Feb. 8 in the journal Nature. Traditional estimates of Earth's ice caps and glaciers have been made using ground measurements from relatively few glaciers to infer what all the world's unmonitored glaciers were doing. Only a few hundred of the roughly 200,000 glaciers worldwide have been monitored for longer than a decade. One unexpected study result from GRACE was that the estimated ice loss from high Asian mountain ranges like the Himalaya, the Pamir and the Tien Shan was only about 4 billion tons of ice annually. Some previous ground-based estimates of ice loss in these high Asian mountains have ranged up to 50 billion tons annually. "The GRACE results in this region really were a surprise," said Wahr, who is also a fellow at the University of Colorado-headquartered Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. "One possible explanation is that previous estimates were based on measurements taken primarily from some of the lower, more accessible glaciers in Asia and extrapolated to infer the behavior of higher glaciers. But unlike the lower glaciers, most of the high glaciers are located in very cold environments and require greater amounts of atmospheric warming before local temperatures rise enough to cause significant melting. This makes it difficult to use low-elevation, ground-based measurements to estimate results from the entire system." "This study finds that the world's small glaciers and ice caps in places like Alaska, South America and the Himalayas contribute about 0.02 inches per year to sea level rise," said Tom Wagner, cryosphere program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "While this is lower than previous estimates, it confirms that ice is being lost from around the globe, with just a few areas in precarious balance. The results sharpen our view of land-ice melting, which poses the biggest, most threatening factor in future sea level rise." The twin GRACE satellites track changes in Earth's gravity field by noting minute changes in gravitational pull caused by regional variations in Earth's mass, which for periods of months to years is typically because of movements of water on Earth's surface. It does this by measuring changes in the distance between its two identical spacecraft to one-hundredth the width of a human hair. The GRACE spacecraft, developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and launched in 2002, are in the same orbit approximately 137 miles (220 kilometers) apart. The California Institute of Technology manages JPL for NASA. From: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/feb/HQ_12-048_GRACE_Land_Ice_Study.html ------------------------------------- Video sourced from NASA as a free MP4 download: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=131826971
Views: 6891 Ian McPherson
Peak oil: Global tipping point already passed
Sourced from the Australian ABC's PM program as a free download, from: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2012/s3417345.htm -------------------------------------- TRANSCRIPT: MARK COLVIN: Is peak oil already here? A paper published in the scientific journal Nature says the world may well have already run out of readily available and cheap oil reserves. Although more might be found, world production is already unable to react to spikes in demand. And this scarcity could drive a transformation in western economies more rapidly than any worries over global warming. Matt Peacock reports. MATT PEACOCK: David King, an environmental economist who was British Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief scientific advisor, and the University of Washington oceanographer James Murray both say there is far less oil readily available for use than is commonly believed. While it's still argued whether so-called "peak oil" has already been reached, today's scarcity of oil has profound economic implications. Professor Murray. JAMES MURRAY: We really won't know when we've reached peak oil until it's in the rear view mirror, until we really are starting to go down. But what we do know is that the production reached a maximum around 2005 and then it's kind of been on the plateau. It's gone up and it's gone down but it really hasn't shown any steady increase ever since. And during that time there's been huge gyrations in the price. And you would think that when the price went up to really high values that the oil companies would be turning on the taps and increasing the production - but they basically just couldn't do it. MATT PEACOCK: So what you're saying essentially is there are no more taps to turn on economically. JAMES MURRAY: Well certainly not in terms of the easy oil - and there may be some capacity, some spare capacity in Saudia Arabia but even that's a little bit doubtful but they claim that they have some. MATT PEACOCK: But the US Department of Energy is saying that they can increase production by 30 per cent within a couple of decades. JAMES MURRAY: Well that remains to be seen as well, and certainly president Obama made some pretty striking claims in his State of the Union Address last night. They're getting some small increase in oil production from shales. They call it shale oil and they use the same technique that they use for getting out the gas - this fracking technique and they get out a little extra oil. So the oil production in the US has increased slightly. But the prospects for coming back to any significant amount that's going to be approaching our maximum oil production, which was in 1970, is very unlikely because the thing of it is is existing oil fields are in decline by something like 5 per cent. And so you need an increase in oil production just to stay constant so it means a difficult ride. MATT PEACOCK: So what are the implications for this? I mean shortage of oil has always triggered sort of big economic dislocations in recent economic history. What does this mean in terms of the economic pain ahead? JAMES MURRAY: Well I think it's going to be difficult to have economic growth. So much of the political discussion and the world, you know, economic discussion is about trying to recover from the recession and return to economic growth, but historically the International Monetary Fund has shown that economic growth is tightly associated with growth in oil production. And for example for a 4 per cent increase in global economy, in GDP, you've got have about a 3 per cent increase in global oil production - even that's going to be difficult to achieve. And that's in just one year. So maybe we can devise ways to return to economic growth without oil production but it's going to take a while because that energy's going to have to come from renewable energies and we're no-where near ready to really scale that up to be the right magnitude. MATT PEACOCK: Tar sands, currently sought from Canada, can't possibly fill the gap, according to Professor Murray. This lack of cheap oil might drive a switch to renewables far quicker than any concern over global warming, the effects of which will likely take place over decades, rather than one year or less. MARK COLVIN: Matt Peacock.
Views: 1783 Ian McPherson
Government's data storage plans to impact all Australians
From the ABC: Data-retention plan likened to Gestapo tactics Critics of the Federal Government's plan to store the internet and phone data of every Australian say it amounts to constant surveillance. Attorney-General Nicola Roxon yesterday announced the controversial plan, which would see internet and phone companies storing the data of every user for up to two years. The idea is currently being considered by a parliamentary committee, and Ms Roxon insists there would be strict privacy measures in place to make sure the information is only used by crime-fighting agencies when it is needed. But the plan has drawn the ire of many, including Greens Senator Scott Ludlum, who says the move to mandatory data collection is an invasion of privacy. "These proposals are a sweeping expansion of surveillance powers," he said. Liberal MP Steve Ciobo has taken an even tougher stance. "I think that this proposal is akin to tactics that we would have seen utilised by the Gestapo," he said. More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-05/data-retention-plan-likened-to-gestapo-tactics/4243402 There is no doubt in my mind the end users will pay for this. The government claims it will only be used for the investigation of criminal and terrorist matters, but we've heard that before... :(
Views: 541 Ian McPherson
Walk at 5kph: you'll stay one step ahead of death...
ABC Australia Science guru Dr Karl Kruszelnicki discusses a study published in a British medical journal indicating that by walking consistently above a certain speed, it is possible to give the Grim Reaper the slip. He also explains why, if you're a criminal looking for a parole, you should take the judge to lunch (or breakfast). What does this mean? Beyond the obvious, which is that walking and eating are good for you, I'm not too sure... :) Video from the ABC Australia.
Views: 773 Ian McPherson
Peak oil: Chris Martenson on the reality
Author, economic analyst, scientist and futurist Chris Martenson has written and spoken extensively on key issues surrounding our energy-based economy. He appeared on this show four years ago -- when high oil prices were making headlines. Those headlines have returned and we check back with Martenson today to get his take on how things have progressed or regressed in the fight for a clean energy future. A fellow at the post-Carbon institute, Martenson shares his thoughts with host Alex Wise on rising oil prices and the danger of ignoring the realities of peak oil. From Sea Change Radio: http://www.cchange.net/ Sourced from radio4all as a free MP3 download: http://radio4all.net/index.php/program/58130
Views: 1485 Ian McPherson

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