Climate Change and Energy

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 1)
30 November 2020

Measuring Old Corals & Coral Reefs (Part 1)

Fundamental to science is measurement. It is a way of objectively assessing something, anything, even the state of a coral reef, even of an individual coral. Historically coral growth rates were measured by coring the really old massive Porites. A shutterstock photograph of coring a massive Porites, shutterstock_677259715 Like tree rings in temperate forests, the massive old Porites can be
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Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case
28 October 2020

Law To Protect Academic Freedom Will Prevent Another Peter Ridd Case

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the introduction of the Higher Education Support Amendment (Freedom of Speech) Bill 2020 into the House of Representatives, which introduces a definition of academic freedom into legislation in line with the recommendations by former High Court Chief Justice the Hon Robert French AC. “The Federal Court decision upholding the
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Scientists All At Sea With Alarmist Barrier Reef Warning
23 October 2020

Scientists All At Sea With Alarmist Barrier Reef Warning

A new scientific paper, received with great fanfare among inter­national media and Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC, claims half the corals of the Great Barrier Reef are dead. The paper is by academics at James Cook University’s ARC Centre for Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. It is a scary headline. But is it true? This finding is not based on
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Unprecedented Panic Over Bushfire Impact
9 October 2020

Unprecedented Panic Over Bushfire Impact

The word ‘unprecedented’ is often applied to des­tructive climate-related events, as though they could not have been predicted, and have never happened before. Last summer’s bushfires were no different. But were they really unprecedented? This narrative creates anxiety because it follows that there really is a climate emergency and that we have pushed nature out of ­balance. Appearing as a
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Climate Change: The Facts 2020 now on sale
3 October 2020

Climate Change: The Facts 2020 now on sale

NEW BOOK – CLIMATE CHANGE: THE FACTS 2020 The Institute of Public Affairs today announced the release of a significant new book of research Climate Change: The Facts 2020 published by the Institute of Public Affairs and Australian Scholarly Publishing. Climate Change: The Facts 2020 is the definitive guide to the latest international research and analysis on climate change science and policy. 
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Great Barrier Reef Platitudes: More Dangerous Than Sharks
1 September 2020

Great Barrier Reef Platitudes: More Dangerous Than Sharks

It has always been the case that the individual is expected to conform and that there is hierarchy within myths. Myths are of course traditional stories, often explaining a natural phenomenon typically involving supernatural beings or events. Of course, most people, most of the time, are so emersed (and kept so busy) within the established hierarchy and the myth, that
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The Senate Must Cut Green Tape For Australia’s Jobs
1 September 2020

The Senate Must Cut Green Tape For Australia’s Jobs

Free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has welcomed the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020 (the Bill) which was read in the House of Representatives for the second time on 27 August 2020. The Bill proposes to cut green tape in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) by
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Rewriting Australia’s Temperature History
28 August 2020

Rewriting Australia’s Temperature History

This post provides a link to download as a PDF, Chapter 16 of Climate Change The Facts 2020, “Rewriting Australia’s Temperature History”, by Jennifer Marohasy. The Bureau of Meteorology is one of Australia’s most important national public institutions; so much depends on our knowledge of past climate and our ability to predict future trends and events. The Bureau’s recordings of
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You Don’t Need To Like Clive Palmer To Dislike His Arbitrary Treatment
27 August 2020

You Don’t Need To Like Clive Palmer To Dislike His Arbitrary Treatment

The Western Australian government’s draconian legislation passed this month to extinguish the legal rights of Clive Palmer and his flagship company, Minerology, is the kind of thing that would not be out of place in a third world autocracy.   A foundational principle of a free and just society is that the law that governs all Australians is not arbitrary, applies prospectively, that court proceedings are
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Information Commissioner To Investigate SBS Over Deleted Bushfires Article
31 July 2020

Information Commissioner To Investigate SBS Over Deleted Bushfires Article

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner has looked at the Institute of Public Affairs’ submission and decided to commence a review into the rejection of the IPA’s Freedom of Information request seeking information from SBS as to why they deleted an old Australian Associated Press article from their website titled: “Fires not due to climate change: expert — covered
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