The Ryan Independent

Commentary on global, federal, state and local issues from Brisbane's western suburbs

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Entries Tagged as 'climate change'

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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Brisbane floods in the short-term and the long.

January 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Posts

Not only has Brisbane joined other regions of Queensland as a site of severe flooding, we have also been joined by Brazil on the receiving end of exceptional La Nina effects.  This should remind us, just as we focus in the next few hours and days on helping our immediate neighbours, that these weather patterns [...]

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Back again, again.

December 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Blogging has taken a back-seat since the Federal election (congratulations, Sandra Bayley, on a great showing for the Greens). Hard on its heels was the Walter Taylor by-election for the BCC ward vacated by Jane Prentice, the LNP victor in Ryan. A further strong swing in the Greens direction with a reduced LNP margin and [...]

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“Some things are more important than others”

August 15th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

During this election a number of crucial national challenges have been given short shrift.  Some (health, education) have been treated with extraordinary shallowness where thoroughgoing reform should have been on the agenda. Others, such as overcoming indigenous disadvantage or Australia’s proper role in Afghanistan, have appeared minimally or not at all.  An election hijacked by small-target [...]

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Climate change a dead issue? Don’t be so sure….

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

Results from the Lowy Institute’s Sixth Annual Poll have been reported to imply a dramatic loss of concern on the part of Australian voters about climate change.  The Courier Mail, for example, reported (accurately) that “The sixth poll from the Lowy think tank also showed that Australians remained committed to acting on greenhouse gases” and [...]

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Decision time for the ETS: How Ryan Independent would vote

November 21st, 2009 · No Comments · Posts

Anyone who puts up their hand for election has a duty to state how they would vote on crucial legislation, and why. So in this final week of the ETS debate I’ll make my position absolutely clear, starting with its basis: 1. The only uncertainty about climate change is its exact extent and timing.  Few [...]

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