Dr. John Happs
Despite alarmist claims of “catastrophic global warming”, there is no empirical evidence to confirm that or any acceleration in global sea level rise. Notwithstanding this lack of evidence many people, often those with vested interests, still cling to the alarmist beliefs that catastrophic sea level rise is imminent.
If you live on an overpopulated island with high unemployment, limited resources and were already dependent on aid from the outside world, there is one sure-fire strategy for bringing in extra money. This involves ignoring the lack of empirical evidence for any acceleration in global sea level rise or increase in extreme weather whilst taking the following steps: Continue reading “Sea Level Alarm – a Nice Little Earner”
“Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.” (Donovan, 1973)
By Dr. John Happs
In reality there is no such thing as a universal measure of sea level because there is no fixed datum against which measured levels can be compared. Similarly, the term “Global Average Sea Level” is simply meaningless and claims that sea level is rising at an unprecedented rate worldwide are questionable, if not deliberately alarmist.
The average depth of the world’s oceans is around 4,000 metres and for anyone to claim they know that global sea level has changed by 2 or 3 cm over the last few years requires pure imagination, especially in light of the many factors that influence relative sea level.
The array of factors that influence sea level measurements at any particular time and place include: Continue reading “MEASURING SEA LEVEL”
By Ron Pike
A notice to THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA and THE PEOPLE OF CANBERRA.
A delegation of people from waterless western NSW is planning to come to Canberra to demonstrate to the people of the ACT how they are destroying lives and businesses across the Murray-Darling Basin.
“We intend to drain Lake Burley Griffin as an environmental flow down the Murrumbidgee River. Just as the MDB Authority did with the Menindee Lakes.
“Then to add more volume to this environmental flow we will also drain the Cotter dam. Just as the MDB Authority did with Keepit and Burrendong Dams.
“Then when the people of the ACT have no water for basic needs we will try to get you some bottled water.
“You must make-do with bottled water until there is rain in the catchment.
“We are very angry people so do please do not get in our way.”
By Daniel Fitzhenry March 2019
The seas and oceans to the east of Australia forms the largest body of water on Earth. This broadly connected vast body of water presents a genuine sea level. The Sydney Fort Denison Recording Station provides stable, accurate and genuine mean sea level data. The following table shows mean sea levels at 10 year intervals and these levels are related to Chart Datum which is at the lowest spring tide level. Continue reading “Rising Sea Levels – The Climate Debate”
“The food we eat the water we drink and the power we use for most of our endeavours, are available only because previous generations invested their know-how and money for the future.
It is time this generation did the same.”
– Ron Pike.
Australia is a dry continent – that is a fact of geography and global climate.
However, per head of population, we have abundant fresh water resources in rivers, lakes, dams, soils and underground. But we do not conserve enough of it, and much of what is conserved is wasted by foolish policies. Continue reading “Australia’s Growing Dam Crisis”
Why Resources Aren’t ‘Natural’ and Will Never Run Out
By Steve Goreham
Republished with permission of The Washington Times.
Last week, the World Wildlife Fund proclaimed May 10 to be Europe’s “Overshoot Day,” the day that Europe consumed its portion of Earth’s resources for the year. The WWF, the United Nations, and universities continue to warn that modern society is rapidly depleting our natural resources. But instead, trends show that for all practical purposes, Earth’s resources will never run out. Continue reading “Why Resources Aren’t ‘Natural’ and Will Never Run Out”
by Viv Forbes
The Saltbush Club today claimed that the new Australian federal ministry resembled a giant bureaucracy with 52 ministerial positions selected mainly to look politically correct on sexual ratios, state representations and party factions but with no one charged with solving Eastern Australia’s critical water and electricity needs.
The Executive Director of the Saltbush Club, Mr Viv Forbes, said PM Morrison needs to create a powerful new position with Ministerial power called “The Power and Water Czar”.
“This Czar’s job would be to identify, define and remove all obstacles to quickly building one or more new dams to provide hydro power and water into the Darling River basin and to urgently facilitate more reliable coal-fired power in Eastern Australia. Continue reading “We Need a Power-Water Czar”
By Ron Pike
Background: The incursion of the Federal Government into the State’s constitutional right to the management of rivers and their water; was the result of sensationalist and mostly false claims made during the millennium drought. Emotional sophistry replaced truth and reason as it was claimed that our rivers were dying as the result of extraction by irrigators and lack of flow in the Murray was the cause of hyper salinity in the Coorong. Claims of dying river red gums, drying wetlands and species loss were repeated with graphic but mostly misleading detail.
The Result: Is a Plan that that is costing Governments both revenue and credibility as regional communities across the whole MDB are regressing. The businesses that grow, process and transport our food and fibre are being destroyed by the removal of the vital input of water and the Government inspired racket called the water market. Incredibly, the Plan is badly impacting the environment it is supposed to be assisting and genuine environmental issues are not being addressed. Empty Dams, dry Rivers, communities without drinking water and dead aquatic fauna is the result.
Continue reading “A Basin Plan That Works For All”
by Mike Bailey
I am a retired Surveyor who spent his whole career (1965 to 2010) measuring and recording:
- Water depths, to enable safe navigation of ships and boats into harbours.
- Coastal features, such as shorelines and beaches, to monitor changes in depth that occur over time.
- Near shore constructions, such as sea walls, groynes wharves, piers and jetties and boat ramps to monitor their effect on the surrounding areas.
In order for these depth measurements to have any coherence they have to be related to a common reference level. In Australia this common reference level or Datum is the Australian Height Datum (AHD).
AHD is a mean sea level datum and was established by analysis of data from recording tide gauges which operate in ports around Australia and which in some cases have been operating for around a century. (see below) I have not found any proposal that this datum be changed due to the rising sea level.
Continue reading “The Rising Sea Level Scare”