Letter to ALL Australian Federal MPs over Climate Emergency and LYING

Southern Australia has been suffering an unprecedented heatwave over the last week. In Melbourne we have experienced successive daily maxima of 43.4, 44.3 and 45.1 degrees Centigrade (corresponding to 110.1, 111.7 and 113.2 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively). The temperature finally reached 45.1 degrees C on Friday 30 January — the first time temperatures had been above 43 degrees for three consecutive days since records began in 1855. The heatwave caused bushfires and blackouts, crippled the Melbourne train network and caused a record number of ambulance operations (the number of people who died will not be known for a week or so).

The human physiological thermostat attempts to keep us at about 37 degrees C or about 98..6 F , the normal range being 97-100 F - which is why we have been struggling in Melbourne in this last week.

Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter and a World leader in annual per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, threatening billions of impoverished non-Europeans with climate genocide - but the pro-Coal Federal Government still refuses to rake effective action against man-made global warming that acutely threatens the Planet (see “Australia’s “5% off 2000 GHG pollution by 2020†endangers Australia, Humanity and Biosphereâ€) .

Perhaps this shocking heatwave (above 43 C for 3 days, and it will be in the 30s for the next week in Melbourne) will make Australians demand action from their Federal Government which chooses to IGNORE the advice of top Australian, UK and US climate scientists about the acute seriousness of the Climate Emergency.

I spent the hottest day (30 January 2009) writing to Australian media and Federal MPs about the extraordinary IGNORING of the Climate Emergency and asking for a Senate Inquiry to identify the people who are evidently falsely advising the Government and People in relation to (a) the seriousness of the situation, (B) the futility, expense and lack of practical proof of “carbon dioxide sequestration†and © the importance of biochar for bringing down atmospheric CO2 to a requisite safe level of about 300 ppm (as recommended by leading climate scientists).

It should be noted that both the Labor Federal Government and the Liberal-National Coalition Opposition are pro-Coal, fervently supporting Australia’s world leading coal exports and supporting fossil fuel burning-based power. However the Liberal-National Coalition Opposition have recently broken ranks with the Government and supported more investment in renewable energy and return of carbon as biochar (charcoal) to the soil.

The following LETTER was personally addressed to each Federal MP of Australia and sent to ALL Australia Federal MPs over FALSE Climate advice to Government and the Public.

Dear Senator, Dr, Mr, Ms, Mrs,

The Liberal-National Party Coalition [Opposition] under Malcolm Turnbull must be congratulated for its sensible new approach to renewable energy and biochar – however an entrenched Culture of Ignoring and Denial in Australia means that it has a long way to go before it joins the informed and responsible Australian Greens in appreciating the urgent need for rapid, progressive cessation of fossil fuel burning and other greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution.

Top UK climate scientist Dr James Lovelock FRS (the Gaia hypothesis) (a) says that fewer than 1 billion people will survive this century due to unaddressed, man-made global warming; (
B)
says of carbon dioxide sequestration “That is a waste of time. It's a crazy idea - and dangerous. It would take so long and use so much energy that it will not be doneâ€; and © regards biochar as the last chance to save humanity and the biosphere: “There is one way we could save ourselves and that is through the massive burial of charcoal†(see
, 23 January 2009).

However the Rudd Labor Australian Government (a) is remorselessly committed to an indefinite 2% annual increase in Australian Domestic and Exported greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution (contrary to top expert UK advice that an annual 6-8% decrease in GHG pollution is urgently needed to avert an atmospheric CO2-e concentration of 450 ppm) and to Australia as the world’s biggest coal exporter and a World leader in annual per capita GHG pollution, threatening billions of impoverished non-Europeans with climate genocide; (
B)
is committed to carbon dioxide sequestration (as stated overseas recently by Her Excellency the Governor General); and © totally rejects biochar as a solution (as stated recently by Climate Minister Penny Wong).

Top US climate scientist Dr James Hansen (NASA GISS) says that “we face a climate emergencyâ€, a view shared by Dr Lovelock, and by other eminent scientists including Victorian Governor Professor David de Kretser AC and Australian Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty who says: “We are in real dangerâ€.

Australia urgently needs a public Senate Inquiry to identify those who are LYING to Government, Her Excellency the Governor General and the people of Australia over these massively life-threatening issues.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Gideon Polya

Macleod, Melbourne, Victoria 3085, Australia

PS For what outstanding World and Australian scientists are saying about the Climate Emergency see What Top World Scientific Experts Say and What Outstanding Australian Scientists Say.

PPS Below is a concise 1-page summary of Climate Emergency Facts and Required Actions – please transmit this to everyone you can in the interests of Australia and Humanity.

Climate Emergency Facts and Required Actions

Just as we turn to top medical specialists for advice on life-threatening disease, so we turn to the opinions of top scientists and in particular top biological and climate scientists for Climate Change risk assessment and Climate Emergency Facts and requisite Actions as exampled below (for detailed documentation of everything below see the Yarra Valley Climate Action Group website).

Professor James Hansen (top US climate scientist, head, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies): “We face a climate emergencyâ€.

Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty: “We are in real danger.â€

Professor David de Kretser AC (eminent medical scientist and Governor of Victoria, Australia) “There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest problem confronting mankind at this time and that it has reached the level of a state of emergency.â€

Dr Andrew Glikson (palaeo-climate scientist, ANU): “The continuing use of the atmosphere as an open sewer for industrial pollution has … raised CO2 levels to 387 ppm CO2 to date, leading toward conditions which existed on Earth about 3 million years (Ma) ago (mid-Pliocene), when CO2 levels rose to about 400 ppm, temperatures to about 2–3 degrees C and sea levels by about 25 +/- 12 metres.â€

Major Climate Emergency Facts

1. Atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has increased to 387 parts per million (ppm) as compared to 280 ppm pre-industrial and is increasing at about 2.5 ppm per year with average global temperature about 0.8 degrees C above the pre-industrial.

2. Man-made global warming due to greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen oxides is already associated with major ecosystem damage (Arctic, ocean, coral reefs), melting of glaciers and Arctic sea ice, sea level rise, methane release from melting tundra and positive feed-back effects accelerating GHG pollution and warming.

3. Consequences of atmospheric CO2 concentration increase and warming to current 387 ppm: major ecosystem damage; current species extinction rates are 100-1,000 times greater than previously; to over 400 ppm: “new territory†not seen for millions of years with acute dangers from positive feedbacks; to over 450 ppm: major damage and death to coral reefs and associated fisheries; to over 500 ppm: major loss of ocean phytoplankton, ocean life, cloud seeding, the Greenland ice sheet and densely populated global coastal regions due to massive sea level rises.

Climate Emergency Actions URGENTLY Required

1. Change of societal philosophy to one of scientific risk management and biological sustainability with complete cessation of species extinctions and zero tolerance for lying.

2. Urgent reduction of atmospheric CO2 to a safe level of about 300 ppm as recommended by leading climate and biological scientists.

3. Rapid switch to the best non-carbon and renewable energy (solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tide and hydro options that are currently roughly the same market price as coal burning-based power) and to energy efficiency, public transport, needs-based production, re-afforestation and return of carbon as biochar to soils coupled with correspondingly rapid cessation of fossil fuel burning, deforestation, methanogenic livestock production and population growth.

END LETTER.

I would urge everyone around the world to similarly write to their Leaders and all their Government and Opposition MPs about the mounting Climate Emergency – and to distribute the above “Climate Emergency Facts and Required Actions†summary to everyone they can.


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It seems quoite clear that all political parties here would wish to find a simple means of reducing the "bad" gasses in the earth's atmosphere.

So may I ask the Federal Government to re-instate the special bonus to enhable those of us who cannot afford to do it ourselves, to install solar power panels on the roofs of our homes.

Many of us whad alreadty competed the necessary forms making application for the special funds when they were, without any notification, withdrawn. There are strong rumour around that this was done at the urging of the coal industry, who could see a reduction in the use of coal if so much electricity was to be produced by solar power.

It would be interesting to see how the voting numbers change in favour of the Political Party that can get the solar-panel power finance re-instated.

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It seems quoite clear that all political parties here would wish to find a simple means of reducing the "bad" gasses in the earth's atmosphere.

So may I ask the Federal Government to re-instate the special bonus to enhable those of us who cannot afford to do it ourselves, to install solar power panels on the roofs of our homes.

Many of us whad alreadty competed the necessary forms making application for the special funds when they were, without any notification, withdrawn. There are strong rumour around that this was done at the urging of the coal industry, who could see a reduction in the use of coal if so much electricity was to be produced by solar power.

It would be interesting to see how the voting numbers change in favour of the Political Party that can get the solar-panel power finance re-instated.

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