Posts Tagged ‘climate change’

It’s official – 2013 was the hottest year on record

Last week the Bureau of Meteorology released their 2013 climate summary. It was no surprise that Australia experienced its warmest year since 1910, when records began. Globally 2013 was the sixth-warmest year on record. The annual global mean temperature has not been below average since 1985. Continuous periods of hotter than average days signified the year, even…

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Great attendance for Industry Breakfast on Climate

Climate Science AR5 Arblaster Brisbane Slide 12

Thank you everyone who attended the joint Katestone/AMOS Industry Breakfast Seminar “Can we adapt to Climate Change?“. We had a great turnout and created lots of interesting discussion on: Climate modelling and projections Integration of land use within Climate models The IPCC process Application of heat load forecasting to general public health Climate Presentations You…

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Industry Breakfast Nov 26: Can we adapt to Climate Change?


We know there are strong opinions around climate change and how we address this issue. The latest IPCC Assessment Report has concluded, with greater certainty, that: Warming of the climate system is unequivocal Human influence on climate is clear What does this mean from a global persepective, and for us here in Australia? How can we…

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Talking heat stress for cattle and people at climate adaptation conference

Andrew Wiebe presenting on cattle heat load at NCCARF 2013

Katestone’s Andrew Wiebe and Scott Losee shared ideas and experiences with the audience at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) conference in Sydney (June 25-27). Andrew’s presentation, entitled “Improved climate-readiness of intensive livestock management through use of a Heat Load Index as an indicator of heat stress”, investigated the difference between a heat wave…

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No, really. It was bigger when I was a kid

In 2003, I realised my dearest ambition – to take my Australian family to my Canadian home to live and share some favourite experiences with them. As a child, our roadtrip ‘out West’ from Ontario changed my life. Travelling by orange, 1974 Volkswagen camper, with the back labelled ‘The Great Pumpkin’ by Dad, we headed…

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Crash test dummies and Gore

human crash test dummies in motion

With the slightest reluctance, I have started reading Earth in the Balance by Al Gore, republished in 2006 after the original 1992 publication. My reluctance was only that it is hard enough to find the time to keep up to date, let alone reading overview books by non-scientists written over 20 years ago. But I’m enjoying it.…

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