Cool end to summer puts kybosh on warmists hopes for “hottest summer whatever” media headlines

Earlier in February media weather reports were carrying hints and winks that Canberra was “on track” for the “hottest summer evah”. Sadly for the warmists the Australia wide cooling towards the end of summer will have had the usual suspects combing through data assiduously searching for a record anything to trumpet from somewhere.

We will see.

ABC publishes animated Australian rainfall/drought history which exaggerates the so called “Millenium Drought”

The ABC page – Interactive: 100 years of drought in Australia – should open in a separate window.
Here is a chart of Australian rain anomalies 1900-2013 – it is obvious that the much ballyhooed Millenium Drought was a pussy of a drought Australia wide compared to the obviously dry years from 1910 right up to 1970.

Here is the ABC “drought bar” –

And you can see it must have been very subjectively constructed to show the Millenium Drought in such a bad light. I fully realize it is possible to argue about how bad some years were in various regions – there might be bad starts to the crop season. But the ABC map is of all Australia – so I am putting up a chart of all Australian rain to compare.

Open Peer Review Journal – publishing new research into urban heat island UHI effects in global temperature compilations

Dr. Ronan Connolly has sent me their paper Urbanization bias I. Is it a negligible problem for global temperature estimates? R. Connolly, and M. Connolly (2014). Open Peer Rev. J., 28 (Clim. Sci.), ver. 0.1 (non peer reviewed draft). A quick read through has impressed me sufficiently that the authors can be a force to hold to account some of the less than stellar science published by the huge pro IPCC temperature analysis teams. I was particularly taken with their reviewing of the nine errors that Wigley & Jones 1988 claim were made by Wood 1988 in his critique of Jones et al 1986. I have Wood 1988 scanned online and a Table listing my comments on the supposed nine errors of Wood. Readers can now follow both sets of comments on the nine claims by Wigley & Jones and make their own minds up.
If Wood 1988 made an error it was in concentrating his critique too much on the USA – instead of quoting examples from more regions.

Vale Reza Berati from Iran – but why was he driven to leave Iran?

It was a terrible waste of Reza’s young life when he was killed during a disturbance at the Manus Island immigration detention centre run by Australia.

I am amazed that I have seen no news anywhere that mentions who he was, where he was raised and educated and what he did in Iran prior to traveling on an Indonesian coastal boat to Christmas Island last winter.
I know this is off topic but the failure of the MSM to report anything is deafening.

A double dissolution election in Australia has just become more likely as Western Australia has to repeat a Senate election

WA set to return to polls after Senate election declared void – unlikely the Liberals could keep their third seat won last September. Apart from that the result is just a lottery this far out.
So if the Abbott Govt has key legislation blocked after 1 July – then the double dissolution option is back in the spotlight.

Australian Government Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper annoints carbon farming as main method of reducing emissions

Hoping to get a discussion going on carbon farming and what it really means. Correct me if I am wrong – under the previous Gillard Govt carbon farmers would have had the carbon tax price of ~$24? per tonne to price their sequestration efforts.
Under the Abbott Govt the Carbon Tax is intended to be scrapped – if the Senate will eventually vote for repeal. So the previous Govt concept is to be replaced by an auction system where carbon farmers will bid a price that they will sequester carbon – after submitting a scheme for their property and having it ticked off of course. The Govt hopes this system will lead to the lowest cost to taxpayers to get a certain quota of emissions reductions.
Is that basically it?
So carbon farming is really a reafforestation scheme for marginal lands. With the owner being paid so much per tonne of increased carbon accumulating on and under the land. What could farmers realistically expect to earn by letting their farms “return to nature”?
In my travels I see this happening now without any Govt scheme – I often notice native bush regrowing back into cleared paddocks – and I am not talking about special plots of planted bush.
I have written on the failure of the Henbury carbon farming project – but despite trying FOI to two Govts have never found out exact reason why Henbury failed.
Does anybody know about carbon farming projects in their regions?
Any success stories?

West Australian Auditor General says Water Corporation (Perth) loses billions of litres of water per year through leaky pipes – ignores “elephant in room” of huge losses by not managing catchments

Leaky pipes are small beer compared to the ~Billion GL lost since late 1990’s by not managing catchment bush.
I have written often on this issue over many years – Update 39 years of Perth dam catchment rain index 1975-2013 – has links to my letter and reply from WA Water Minister – plus some other key links.