Sustainability

IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

  • 1.  IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 01 October 2013 19:29
    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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  • 2.  RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 01 October 2013 21:07
    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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  • 3.  RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 05 October 2013 01:22

    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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  • 4.  RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 07 October 2013 23:24
    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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  • 5.  RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 09 October 2013 00:11
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    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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  • 6.  RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change

    Posted 09 October 2013 02:47
    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.  


    Kind Regards    
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    Bernadette Ward
    Coordinator Asset Management
    City of West Torrens
    HILTON SAau

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