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Climate shifts paper published

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The climate shifts paper on non-linear anthropogenic climate change in SE Australia with earlier descriptions here and herehas been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. We had plans to make it open access  but must not have paid the invoice yet, so it’s behind a paywall here (pdf). If you can’t get access, get in touch with me via comment below or email (firstname.lastname at vu.edu.au) and I’ll send a reprint.

Following is an edit of the draft press release that should go out in the next week or so. The press release implies that this pretty much goes on everywhere – not just SE Australia. That’s what I believe from further work currently underway – the ocean runs the climate system and the atmosphere doesn’t warm quite the way people assume it does. The energy from greenhouse warming goes into the ocean first, then is re-emitted periodically into the atmosphere. The atmosphere doesn’t warm in situ (or not yet to any significant degree). It may later under increased radiative forcing, but at the moment the ocean is pretty much running the show. This pattern of non-linear change fits in with palaeoclimatic evidence from the region that I’ll get round to describing some time.

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Feedback to Coles

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I’m still using supermarkets to purchase a number of household goods despite my misgivings about their practises. This may have to change. Following is some feedback I sent to Coles after riding over to get some milk (organic) and other stuff:

*Very* disappointed to see that Orange Power products have disappeared off the shelves. They are the most effective environmentally friendly commercially available cleaner on the market. In fact, I’ve noticed a reduction in environmental cleaners and products generally – perhaps they are seen as niche products that cannot survive in your war with Woolworths. The benefit of such products is that they have reduced social and environmental costs generally compared to standard products.

It is getting more difficult for me to justify purchasing goods from Coles and Woolies due to cost-cutting policies that are hurting primary producers. I guess I’m the relatively rare consumer who considers the entire supply chain when I purchase goods – that’s the rational basis on what I choose to purchase and where I purchase them.

Orange Power citrus cleaners are the most cost effective way to clean a bike, and considering I ride every day, it’s an essential.

Written by Roger Jones

March 10, 2012 at 6:53 pm