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Viv Forbes

Viv has a degree in Applied Science Geology and is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy


Climate Lessons from King Canute

Climate Aristocrats and Bureaucrats from 190 nations are meeting in Bonn, dreaming up rules “to prevent the globe from warming more than 2°C”.

They have forgotten the lesson of mighty King Canute - he demonstrated that not even his great power could control nature by rolling back the tide.

Changing Climate is the natural state on Earth.

Just 12,000 years ago the Earth warmed quickly by over 10°C, the great ice sheets melted, and sea levels rose dramatically. Then it got cold again.

Temperatures then fluctuated over a range of about 5°C during the Egyptian Warm period, the Roman Warm period, the Dark Ages Mini Ice Age, the Medieval Warm period and the grim times of the Little Ice Age. We are fortunate to live in the fruitful Modern Warm Era and global temperatures are probably near the top for this climate cycle.

None of the warm eras were caused by man’s use of coal, gas, or petroleum or by bovine emissions. And none of the cold eras were triggered by mandating more windmills, taxing open fires or following emission targets set in Bonn, Brussels, Rio or Rome.

This is their 48th futile talk-fest.

It’s time the Climate Aristocrats admitted they cannot predict or control climate, they have harmed consumers (especially the world’s poorest people), and they are achieving nothing useful for the environment.

They should mount their zero-emission bicycles and go home immediately.



What are They Plotting in Poland



Proponents of global warming.....oops!! it's now climate change because there wasn't any warming, are meatheads. They fall in line with whatever propaganda is spouted by the politicians. My understanding is that man is responsible for about 3% of total emissions, and Australia is responsible for about 3% of those. They're pi$$ing into a 40 knot northerly (pilot parlance) if they think man, particularly man in Australia can make a change. It's OK to sell millions of tonnes of coal to developing countries, big polluters, but they want us to stop using it ourselves??? IDIOTS!!! Government subsidies of renewables are making coal uneconomical. It's still the cheapest form of power generation, but we're paying more because of some stupid ideological politicians pandering to morons like greens

EGEB: Tunisia launches bid for a 500 MW project, Australia to meet its easy renewable energy target, landfill converted into solar farm

Today on EGEB, the Tunisian government opens bidding for 5 new plants using photovoltaic technology. Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator announced that the government’s unambitious renewable energy target will be met by 2020. The town of Islip on Long Island want to valorize precious space wasted by a landfill by turning it into a solar farm.

Pre-application phase begins for a new Tunisian 500 MW solar project. The Tunisian Ministry of Mines and Energy wants new solar energy plants built on BOO model (Build, Own, Operate). Five facilities are projected:

Through the new tender, the Tunisian government hopes to build a 200 MW solar plant in the province of Tatouine, in the Sahara Desert, two 100 MW PV facilities in the provinces of Kaiouran and Gafsca, and two more 50 MW solar parks in the provinces of Sidi Bouzid and Tozeur.

A 500 MW wind power counterpart is also in the works. Tunisia aims to produce 4,7 GW of clean energy by 2030.

Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator proclaim the country’s clean energy objective will be accomplished, a mere additional 7627 MW. In the country where coal is king and that has the worst per-capita CO2 production in the world, a small green energy advance will dent this record. All necessary renewable energy capacity to reach this goal has been announced as this published graph shows:

The Snow Ball Effect
The more who drop or cut their reliance on the grid,
the more the grid costs per KW
The more the grid costs, the more jump off it
The downward spiral

Key data

There were 50,592 small-scale systems installed nationally in the first quarter of 2018, with a total capacity of 259,889 kW.

Please note, the Clean Energy Regulator’s postcode data for small-scale installations will continue to be updated monthly. This resource provides more detailed information for small-scale installations across every postcode in Australia.
New trends

There were 50,592 small-scale systems installed nationally in Quarter 1 2018, with a total capacity of 259,889 kW.
Queensland continues to have the highest level of small-scale installations across Australia with 12,286 installed so far in Quarter 1 2018.
Queensland had the highest number of commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed in Quarter 1 2018, with 879 systems installed.
There were 3084 commercial sized solar PV systems (10-100kW) installed Australia-wide in Quarter 1 2018.
There were 909 solar PV systems that had a concurrent battery storage installation in Quarter 1 2018.

Business renewable energy trend continues with nearly half of Australian businesses switching
May 16, 2018Energy Matters
The business renewable energy trend is continuing according to a report showing Australian businesses switching to renewable energy in a bid to cut rising electricity costs.

Nearly half are taking their operations off-grid by installing large solar power and battery storage systems.

That’s according to a new report from the Climate Council. It reveals average household and small business energy bills are almost 90 per cent higher than they were 10 years ago. Gas prices have risen threefold since 2013.

In response, business installations of solar power increased by 60 per cent over 2016-2017, with over 40,000 commercial solar power systems now installed in Australia. The capacity of businesses to generate their own solar energy has doubled since 2016.

Nearly half of major Australian companies — 46 per cent of big operators — are actively procuring renewable energy, the report states.

One thing Viv could comment on and that is when and why the global warming catastrophists hit on CO2 as the probable warming agent. When I studied met for my pilots license in the 80s, CO2 wasn't mentioned as a greenhouse gas. Water vapour was. Why didn't the crazies look to variations in solar activity, or the moon or planets.

48 talk-fests!! How many degrees rise has all THAT hot air caused?

Actually Cnut thought he could halt the waves. He was peeved when he found out the waves thought Canute could not, and told him he was a dumb cnut.

And .... pigs will fly

Volcanos are "Earth's safety valves" as I was taught at school.

If the talk-fests were to accept a real challenge such as 1. Taming Sun Spots 2. Stopping Volcanic eruptions and 3. stopping Earthquakes, then once achieved, I would accept the lefty pontifications about man made climate change.

NEW DELHI, May 11 (Reuters) – India's thermal coal imports rose by more than 15 percent in the first three months of 2018, with Indonesia accounting for about three-fifths of total supplies, according to vessel arrival data from Dubai-based coal trader American Fuels & Natural Resources.

India's rising coal imports are contributing to higher demand across Asia this year, which has pushed benchmark Australian coal cargo prices above $100 per tonne, a price not seen at this time of year in more than half a decade.

Imports rose to 39.6 million tonnes during the three months ended March 31, the data from American Fuels, a supplier of coal from the United States, showed.

That is up from 34.4 million tonnes of thermal coal during the first three months of 2017, according to Indian government data which matched the data from American Fuels.

Government data for the first three months of 2018 has not been released yet.

The American Fuels figures are broadly in line with data from an Indian-based trading company reviewed by Reuters that showed imports were 37 million tonnes in the quarter.

India will likely increase 2018 thermal coal imports after two straight years of declines because of domestic logistic bottlenecks, regulatory changes and surging power demand.

Vasudev Pamnani, a senior trader at American Fuels, said India's demand for coal with a higher calorific value, most of which has to be imported, was increasing since buyers want more energy from the coal they purchase to offset higher prices and the logistical problems, mainly railway delays.

South Africa was the second-largest source of foreign coal during the first quarter, supplying about one-fourth of the total imports, with the United States and Australia being the next largest sources, the data showed.

Adani Enterprises, India's largest coal trader, accounted for about one-sixth of all the imports, purchasing about 6.51 million tonnes during the period, the data showed.

The Tata Group imported 5.23 million tonnes of coal during the period with Swiss Singapore, part of the Aditya Birla Group, taking in 2.92 million and JSW Group bringing in 2.48 million.

The companies did not respond to requests for comment.

The ports of Mundra, Krishnapatnam and Kandla handled about the two-fifths of all of the imports, according to American Fuels

In the wide bay Qld the past couple of months, there has been more "Flannery" falling from the sky than we need and this morning at 5 am temp was 8.4 degrees, wearing 2 T shirts today socks and a beanie.

The notion we shouldn't be posting on the "Notification" thread is misguided sanctimony. We all wish Laz well. Our best wishes are with him. We should carry on posting as usual.


Larry is not dead, he is receiving treatment.
You can all throw off your sackcloth and ash and the doom and gloom of mourning his demise and come out from under the covers of the back articles.

Is this where the action is?

We in the civilized World put our History in Museums and Libraries, and learn to move onwards and better ourselves.......There is no reason Aborigines could do the same, instead of trying to live in the Stone Age for a Taxpayer Funded eternity.....

Someone should shove their zero-emission bicycles up their fat arses.

Blessings on you young Larry. The energies of the 'Healing Angels' be with you.


“Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO) is a premier atmospheric research facility that has been continuously monitoring and collecting data related to atmospheric change since the 1950's.
The undisturbed air, remote location, and minimal influences of vegetation and human activity at MLO are ideal for monitoring constituents in the atmosphere that can cause climate change.”

The Mauna Loa observatory is the pre-eminent observatory that measures the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The data primarily obtained from Mauna Loa is used to correlate global warming with the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Mauna Loa is among Earth's most active volcanoes, having erupted 33 times since its first well-documented historical erup

What a disgrace. No wonder this country is going backwards

Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises Ltd. has taken a 896.4 million rupees ($13.3 million) writedown on its Carmichael coal mine in Australia’s Queensland state due to delays and legal challenges.

The impairment charge was booked by its Australian unit Adani Mining Pty in the quarter ended March 31, Adani Enterprises said in a stock exchange filing Thursday in Mumbai.

Even though the writedown is small compared to the overall size of the A$16.5 billion ($12.4 billion) project, it’s the latest sign of strain to hit the massive thermal coal development.

The billionaire Gautam Adani-backed company has pushed back by one year its original 2020 target to start the Carmichael mine after failing to obtain up to A$3 billion of funds by a March deadline. Major financiers in Australia and China have excluded themselves from funding the development because they oppose polluting fossil-fuel projects.

The write-downs stem from Adani being forced to duplicate studies and redesign elements of the Carmichael project due to delays in regulatory approvals and ongoing legal challenges, an Australian spokesman said in an email Friday. Additional labor costs have also contributed to the charge, he said.