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A highly significant breakthrough

May 26th, 2013 · No Comments · Posts

For six years I have been tracking what I regard as a critical weathervane issue when it comes to global environmental cooperation, and the weathervane has just swung in an extremely promising direction.  In 2007 I first wrote about the incineration of HFC-23 (a greenhouse gas up to 14,800 times more potent than CO2), by [...]

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Why Michael Johnson should no longer be Ryan’s MP

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

If this morning’s story in the Australian, “Liberal Michael Johnson sought $12m windfall with secret China deal” is correct, it will likely end his political career.  And rightly so, especially if any of  these alleged activities were undertaken on parliamentary time or using parliamentary office and electorate resources, as suggested in the story, since this [...]

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Perverse (dis)incentives

April 6th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Below is the Jiangsu Meilan Chemical Company, Taozhou City, China. The refrigerant HFC-22 produced here has a by-product, HFC-23, one of the most powerful greenhouse gases known (11,700 times greater warming effect than carbon dioxide).  Under the Kyoto Protocol, the company receives credits for the destruction of this gas, which has been occurring for three [...]

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