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09 October, 2013
1. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
2. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Anthony M. Saunders
07 October, 2013
3. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Darron Passlow
05 October, 2013
4. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Rodney Wallace
01 October, 2013
5. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
6. IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Darron Passlow
24 September, 2013
7. Carbon Dioxide Myth William L. Peach
8. RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected Darron Passlow
22 September, 2013
9. RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected William L. Peach
03 September, 2013
10. Embedding climate change adaptation into council... Stephen Lees


1.
RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October, 2013 2:47 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Hi Anthony,

I like the idea of a "compulsory insurance which is based on the value of the project", this will hopefully make the polluting companies re-consider their current practices by re-engineering the processes/practices so they aim for Zero emissions. If the company cannot achieve the Zero emissions then they are unable to carry out their project.  All the industries mentioned in the article will have to be Proactive rather than Reactive when considering any type of pollution to the environment.

Instead of a carbon tax or emissions trading - why don't they channel all approvals through a Climate Change regulator working with the government and the Insuramce underwriter undertakes the final tick of approval before issuing a certiificate of currency?  This means the polluter (company) will pay the insurance premium upfront and not the general tax payer who seems to always foot the bill after the damage is done.

I would like to see the polluting company take full responsibility for its actions and to avoid passing unnecessary costs to the tax payer.  


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Bernadette Ward
Coordinator Asset Management
City of West Torrens
HILTON SAau

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Anthony M. Saunders
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October, 2013 12:11 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
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Message:
I agree with Darren's comments and from an insurance perspective, the attached file may be of common interest to all.

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Anthony Saunders
Key Man
BALGOWLAH NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 07 October, 2013 11:24 PM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Bernadette and Rodney,

Thanks for your comments. They are all well founded.

There seems to be a problem (that we are part of the cause and hence can be part of the solution).

My question is; "What can we do as human beings (but starting out as individuals) to reduce our impact on our very precious environment (and everything that depends on it, including us)?"

The "silent majority" needs to set good examples so others can join in. (The revolution is starting!)

Regards

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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Rodney Wallace
To: Sustainability
Posted: 05 October, 2013 1:22 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:

Great Logic Bernadette. 

Without taking sides, I add to your observation.  Given that I have read that 1 aeroplane travelling from Sydney to Canberra can pollute the atmosphere/affect the concerned imbalance to the same EFFECT as 30,000 automobiles in 1 year; it has always amazed me that aeroplanes and bombs never seem to enter the political debate on this issue.  Why are automobile users made to feel guilty, and global travellers get off "scot free"?  If we are really concerned that ocean levels are going to rise and cause such concern, why is this "potential catastrophe" not used to support utilisation of more de-salination plants; to support building more dams to prevent flooding and to capturing "all that fresh water" which in good seasons/floods finishes up in ocean, adding to the catastrophic effects being predicted - every little bit must help!!

And if oceans rising is going to be such a catastrophe, why aren't we supporting Dick Smith and Senator Heffernan (and others) in building a PERMANANT INLAND SEA in middle Australia by connecting Gulf of Carpenteria to Darling River or Lake Eyre to  increase Australia's USEFUL land resource available for food production, and spread our population more efficiently by changing climate inland - more rain - due to climate change effected by natural processes beginning with evaporation etc off this inland lake/sea.

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Rodney Wallace
Consultant
Rodney Wallace Consulting
GREENWELL POINT NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
To: Sustainability
Posted: 01 October, 2013 9:07 PM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
No doubt there is Climate Change its been happening for centuries and its not rocket science to know that man has also contibuted (with the billions of people on this earth?), we've had the industrial age, companies have been drilling for oil towards the earths core releasing heat, volcanoes have erupting, the continental plates have been shifting, the amazon rain forest is being dessimated, nuclear plants have been exploding, wars are destroying valuable land, their dumping waste in the ocean from desalination plants and the list goes on and on, we dont need scientists to tell us this, just ask your grandparents....

The question really is "How much of this do we account for and what is the added cost we consider for our Assets, without being unsustainable?"

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Bernadette Ward
Coordinator Asset Management
City of West Torrens
HILTON SAau

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IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 01 October, 2013 7:29 PM
Subject: IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report is reasonably clear that global temperatures are changing and that human activities are one of the causes.

Read for yourself;

http://www.climatechange.gov.au/climate-change/climate-science/intergovernmental-panel-climate-change



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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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Carbon Dioxide Myth
From: William L. Peach
To: Sustainability
Posted: 24 September, 2013 6:53 PM
Subject: Carbon Dioxide Myth
Message:
Hi All

The vitriol that has come my way since my previous post is interesting but not wholly unexpected. If anyone wants to vent their spleen on me or this issue then I suggest they have the intestinal fortitude to use this forum.

There are engineers around who have not been hoodwinked by the carbon dioxide catastrophy myth and I am one of those. I read widely on the issue and add common sense to my training and experience to come up with my view. All I am doing is asking fellow engineers to do the same.

For those believing in the carbon dioxide myth, take a few issues.
1. If you are really serious about our children and grand children's future why are you not demonstrating against all our coal that is shipped overseas? It is going to produce carbon dioxide, is it not? Why do you not want our coal industry closed down?
2. Do you seriously believe that a 5 or 10% reduction in our 1.5% contribution to carbon dioxide produced annually is going to save the world? - or in fact make any appreciable difference.
3. Answering the donkey response to 2. do you really believe that anyone in the US, China, Russia or the EU is going to follow our lead?

Engineers are trained to think analytically. I do not see too much of that coming through in these posts. "Greenhouse effect" has morphed into "carbon pollution" and "global warming" which has subsequently morphed into "sustainability". As the warrants for each claim reduce, another name has to be found for the great lie.

Time will tell the true story and I intend to be around to see many so called intelligent persons eat humble pie.

Cheers
Bill Peach


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William Peach
Self Employed - NQ
QLD

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RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 24 September, 2013 6:53 PM
Subject: RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected
Message:
Bill
Read the science and please try to understand it.
Then please do not make up stories to support your argument.
By the way, open your eyes and look at what is occurring around you.

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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected
From: William L. Peach
To: Sustainability
Posted: 22 September, 2013 11:40 PM
Subject: RE:Sea levels are rising 60% faster than UN expected
Message:
I continue to urge Local Government engineers to keep abreast of the debate on the influence of carbon dioxide on global warming. The important issaue to bear in mind is whether the carbon dioxide that is produced by mankind is warming the planet to any significant extent, or not.

The computer programme used to predict future warming is in error - no one doubts that anymore! The 16 year lull in global warming - by any methods at all - is fact.

Please refrain from making hasty and uninformed decisions that will adversely affect ratepayers, and continue to keep an open mind about the effects of carbon dioxide on the planet.

Regards

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William Peach
Self Employed - NQ
QLD

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10.
Embedding climate change adaptation into council operations
From: Stephen Lees
To: Sustainability
Posted: 03 September, 2013 5:51 PM
Subject: Embedding climate change adaptation into council operations
Message:

Dear Sustainability COP Members,

IPWEA is affiliated with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), which is currently undertaking a project to develop a Guidance Manual to help local councils Embed Climate Change Adaptation into Council's Operations.  The Guidance Manual will provide examples of products - tools/templates/checklists etc.-  to assist council's mainstream adaptation actions into their operational processes. 

To help identify leading adaptation examples ACELG is asking council's to participate in an online survey and provide examples of how they have embedded climate adaptation. The survey has been piloted by Canada Bay Council in Sydney. It should take approximately 15 minutes. Questions are designed to gather high level but specific details. Examples have been provided throughout to show an approximate length of an answer.  It should be filled in by a Sustainability Manager, Asset Manager or person championing climate change adaptation across the organisation. 

Can you please support this important work by forwarding this email  to the relevant person in your Council?  Completed survey returns are requested by Wednesday 11 September 2013. To complete the survey please click on this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACELG

 If you have any questions please contact Sarah Forde (from RPS on behalf of ACELG and Canada Bay Council) at sarah.forde@rpsgroup.com.au

 Kind regards

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Dr Stephen Lees
IPWEA National Director Sustainability
stephen.lees@ipwea.org
(m) 0412 264 187
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