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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Biff I think you might find that you'd be struggling against Aus's natural weather conditions if you were to try and grow trees there: its 30deg-ish latitude spells mostly High pressure conditions (air slowly subsiding, v. dry, with or without trees) whereas the DODGY TAX AVOIDERS is pretty-well on the Equator, which, like our latitude, has mostly Lows (air rising, plenty of rain).

No reason not to give it a go on a small scale if you happen to live there, mind.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
Biff I think you might find that you'd be struggling against Aus's natural weather conditions if you were to try and grow trees there: its 30deg-ish latitude spells mostly High pressure conditions (air slowly subsiding, v. dry, with or without trees).


Unless it's being battered by tropical cyclones which have a tendency to blow any trees over.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Wikipedia:
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A 2005 study by Australian and American researchers investigated the desertification of the interior, and suggested that one explanation was related to human settlers who arrived about 50,000 years ago. Regular burning by these settlers could have prevented monsoons from reaching interior Australia.
I remember reading the paper at the time but can't find it now.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try:
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/1997-12/UoCa-VBBA-101297.php
http://www.scienceblog.com/community/older/1997/B/199701413.html
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-01/uoca-aai012505.php
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RenewableCandy wrote:
"Bird slaughter" is, erm, overstating the case a bit! It dates back to Altemont Pass, which is a migration route and whose turbines have (had?) very fast-rotating blades.

It's now known that very few birds are killed by wind turbines, and that ironically the larger the turbine, the fewer birds killed. Also, problems only arise in certain sites (migration or feeding sites) every proposed WT site has first to have an EIA to rule out these sites.

Also, how many animals are killed indirectly by fossil fuel-derived energy? An order of magntiude than are killed by wind turbines, I'd guess. But it's abstract, so people don't get upset about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You mean you don't agree with it. You don't like Booker and what he says - tough. I do, I believe every wod he says, just as I think you lap up the words of Monbiot and Porritt.

Surely it is better to judge each argument on its own merits rather than attach oneself unthinkingly to the opinions of one's chosen guru.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ludwig wrote:
Surely it is better to judge each argument on its own merits rather than attach oneself unthinkingly to the opinions of one's chosen guru.
You don't do irony then?
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