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Post time 2014-9-17 19:18:56 |Display all floors
According to new data released by NASA August 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1881. The latest readings continue a series of record or near-record breaking months. May of this year was also the warmest in recorded history.

Climatologist and climate modeler at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies Dr Gavin Schmidt said that while the agency's data indicates that August this year was the hottest on record, the difference falls within a few hundredths of a degree compared with previous August.

It's only a slight rise but I guess it confirms that the climate is getting warmer year on year and we should be concerned. It's significent that Australia's conservative government led by climate change sceptic Tony Abbott has just received a report that he commissioned into the RET (Renewable Energy Target) that recommends two options for Australia's renewable energy target, which is currently set at 41,000 gigawatt hours of electricity from large-scale renewable energy by 2020 - now equivalent to about 27 per cent of expected generation.

Under the first option, the scheme would be closed to new investment beyond those under construction or winning full financial commitment within a month of the change. This scenario would slash the target to about 15 per cent.

Under the second option, the target would be set at 20 per cent. The target would be reset each year and new renewable energy power stations be given approval only if electricity demand increased. The target was one of the few climate change-related measures to enjoy bipartisan support before last year's election.

These changes allow Abbott to break an election promise not to touch Australia's renewable energy target after this hand-picked review panel recommended the scheme be dramatically cut back in this way.

Clean energy industry leaders said the findings of the review, headed by businessman and another climate sceptic Dick Warburton, represented the "worst case scenario" and would cost thousands of jobs and more than $10 billion in investment if the government adopted its recommendations.



Analysis conducted for the report found that coal-fired power stations would be the biggest beneficiaries of a cut in the target. The review acknowledged that the scheme had lowered wholesale electricity prices and that its impact on household bills over time would be "relatively small". But the panel found the cost for emissions-intensive companies was not justifiable, and called on the government to find lower cost alternatives to cut carbon emissions.

The Greens said it was no surprise that a review led by a climate sceptic had "trashed" the RET. Greens leader Christine Milne said both options put forward would destroy the renewable energy sector. "I'm glad this dangerous and ignorant report is finally public so everyone can see it for the climate denier drivel it is," she said.



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That's sound interesting..........

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jordan_c_fan Post time: 2014-9-21 14:16
The observation you mentioned at the beginning paragraph was untrue at Eastern United States, than ...

That's a localised view of the situation, the NASA data looks at the planet as a whole entity not just one part of one country. This is how a skeptic would view the situation and rationalise the data.
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