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Eleven thousand scientists (and some who aren’t)

A global team of scientists including Dr Thomas Newsome at the University of Sydney and international colleagues have warned that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.

The declaration is based on scientific analysis of more than 40 years of publicly available data covering a broad range of measures, including energy use, surface temperature, population growth, land clearing, deforestation, polar ice mass, fertility rates, gross domestic product and carbon emissions.

“Scientists have a moral obligation to warn humanity of any great threat,” said Dr Newsome from the School of Life and Environment Sciences. “From the data we have, it is clear we are facing a climate emergency.”

In a paper published today in BioScience, the authors from the University of Sydney, Oregon State University, University of Cape Town and Tufts University, along with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from 153 countries, declare a climate emergency, present data showing trends as benchmarks against which to measure progress and outline six areas of action to mitigate the worst effects of a human-induced climate change.

Except, some of them aren’t really “scientists”. Like the first Australian on the list – Burhan Amiji. Mr Burhan Amiji:

Burhan Amiji is the Senior Technical Officer responsible for the smooth operation of the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment site – specifically the whole tree chamber installation with a supervision role over the Rainout Shelter site and the Eddy Flux site. Burhan has qualifications in Horticulture, Biomedical Techniques and Chemical Technology.

Burhan has been working at the University for over 25 years working as a Technical officer in undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry, Agriculture and Environmental Health. He has been involved with the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment since 2006.

Technical Expertise

  • Provides operational support to research project leaders, academic staff, postgraduate higher degree research and undergraduate honours students working on site at the Hawkesbury Forest Experiment to ensure compliance with relevant policies and procedures.

  • Assists with the design and implementation of complex experiments and performs complex analytical tasks as required.

  • Demonstrates the safe and proper use of field equipment to academic staff, postgraduate higher degree research and undergraduate honours students, casual employees and scientific visitors.

  • Assists academic staff, postgraduate higher degree research and undergraduate honours students, and scientific visitors with field measurements.


And then there’s this guy (Micky Mouse) from the author list.

The paper is available here.

The dumbest article on economics

It might be the dumbest ever but there’s a good chance The Guardian will top itself in the nest few days. They are that bad. Have a read – it’s pretty short but they really packed the dopey in:

Should billionaires exist? There has been much heated debate in the US and the UK on this subject recently. Bernie Sanders says billionaires should be taxed out of existence while Joe Biden has warned against demonising rich people.

The fact that we are even having this debate is a depressing indication of the extent to which extreme inequality has been normalised. Of course billionaires shouldn’t exist. This shouldn’t be a remotely controversial thing to say; it shouldn’t even be considered a leftwing thing to say. If you believe in capitalism and democracy, as opposed to oligarchy, you shouldn’t believe in billionaires. After all, those billions don’t just buy you superyachts, they buy you politicians and policies.

Do read it all. It’s that bad.

And learn more about Yeltsin’s trip to a supermarket that changed the world. The greatest advertisement for capitalism ever told.

There are no ‘Indigenous’ ingredients

According to chef Mark Olive, we should show respect for “Indigenous ingredients”.

There’s almost too much wrong with his whinge – have a read and get angry.

Just one point – splitting us into race and creating barriers isn’t how a multiculturalism country works. It’s how it fails.

This is what a totalitarian regime looks like

And as we reported months ago, this technology is being installed in Melbourne, around Crown Casino. By the same company, HIK Vision.