Clear a fire break and go to gaol.
Here in Western Australia farmer Szulc cleared a 20 wide break through scrubby regrowth on his own land, and they sent him to jail for 15 months. No heritage trees were destroyed, no rare orchids went extinct. It had all been cleared back in 1983 and regrown. His property was next to state land and he wanted to reduce the fire risk. He’d been ordered in court to fill in forms and ask permission. But it was his land, he felt that was wrong, so he cleared it. His action was both as a farmer and as a protest — an act of civil disobedience. For that, he earned a short mention on an ABC page once, was not nominated for a Nobel or an Oscar, and the UN didn’t ask him to dinner.
Recall the jubilation among the wind warriors when wind matched brown coal in the September quarter. Check today, barely a GW from wind all day, that is under 20% plated capacity and about 4% of the total demand for power!
UPDATE. An interview with Judith Curry on the state of play in climate science and why she left academia to be free to speak independently.
Curry is a scholar, not a pundit. Unlike many political and journalistic oracles, she never opines without proof. And she has data at her command. She tells me, for example, that between 1910 and 1940, the planet warmed during a climatic episode that resembles our own, down to the degree. The warming can’t be blamed on industry, she argues, because back then, most of the carbon-dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels were small. In fact, Curry says, “almost half of the warming observed in the twentieth century came about in the first half of the century, before carbon-dioxide emissions became large.” Natural factors thus had to be the cause. None of the climate models used by scientists now working for the United Nations can explain this older trend.
Bonus. Travel pics from Vienna.
Living high among the Austrian economists at the Austrian National Bank. Stuffed egg with salmon and trout caviar.
Afternoon tea at Cafe Sacher Wein (a chocolate shop).
Chatting with the doorman at Cafe Central. The doorman is a statue of Peter Altenberg, a modernist writer and poet who drank at the cafe with the likes of Freud and Trotsky and everyone else who was anyone in arts and letters before they had blogs to exchange ideas.
Hong Kong. Looking south towards the airport.
Cattle in the vicinity of the Great Buddha at the end of the cable car ride.