It’s a red-letter day when climate change even gets a mention on NZ television.
Here it is discussed for a full half-hour on Waatea TV.
Waatea 5th Estate "NZ hits 400ppm – climate denial vs climate reality
Watch as Martyn Bradbury of the Daily Blog discusses Climate Change and the Nz reponse with studio panelist :
Dr Jim Salinger - Climate Scientist, lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize
On the phone –
Dr Megan Woods MP - Labour Party spokesperson on Climate Change,
And on Skype,
Professor Jim Renwick - Author of the Royal Society of NZ climate report, and
Mike Smith - Maori Activist, deep sea oil protester and Environmentalist with Greenpeace
NZ hits 400ppm – climate denial vs climate reality
8 June, 2016
Check out this climate denial bullshit put out last week by the farcical New Zealand Climate Science Coalition…
Many newspaper articles over the past few years have emphasised the dangers of man-made global warming (aka “climate change”) and warned us that extreme measures are needed to save us from this imminent climatic disaster. Almost without exception, the authors of these articles have assumed that man-made carbon dioxide causes dangerous global warming, rapid sea level rise and more floods, droughts, cyclones and so on.
But what does the evidence tell us?
Regarding world temperatures, historical records from ice cores tell us that it was warmer during the Mediaeval Warm Period, the Roman Warm Period and the Bronze Age. The Mediaeval Warm Period was experienced all over the world including Australia and New Zealand.
The last time the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere was at a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), sea levels were at least 10 metres higher than they are today.
During the Pliocene period, about three million years ago, when global temperatures were 2C or so above today’s levels, forests grew on what today is a mostly barren island in the Canadian Arctic and savannas and woodlands were spread across what is now North African desert.
It was a wetter, warmer period in the planet’s recent geological history.
And last week, at a windswept point at the bottom of the North Island, the 400ppm milestone was reached in New Zealand for the first time since.
Scientists from the National Institute of Water and Atmosphere (Niwa) had been watching the readings recorded at the Clean Air Monitoring Station at Baring Head closely at it edged toward the symbolic threshold.
It came a year after it was crossed at the Mauna Loa station in Hawaii, which has recorded a 24 per cent rise in carbon dioxide levels since it began gathering data in 1958.
The record heat that is baking Alaska is poised to smash a host of climate records in 2016, including the earliest snowmelt date at NOAA’s Barrow Observatory, the northernmost point in the nation.
Staff at the observatory reported snowmelt occurred May 13, the earliest snowmelt date in 73 years of record-keeping, beating the previous mark set in 2002 by a full 10 days.
The early melting follows a record-setting winter that saw temperatures average more than 11 degrees above normal for the 49th State, shattering the previous record set in 2015. At 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is usually one of the last places in the United States to lose snow cover.
Maggie Barry must stop fudging the figures and come clean about Department of Conservation under-funding, the Green Party said today.
Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library and revealed by the Green Party on Q and A yesterday show that funding for DOC has fallen since National has been in government, adding up to $336 million over eight years.
“Maggie Barry disputes our figures and says that baseline funding has risen $62 million over eight years, but it’s not clear where she’s getting her numbers from. She needs to come clean because she’s not showing the whole picture of DOC funding.