A Quarter $Billion in climate change grants over three years 2010-2012

I see the biggest single grant was $94Million in 2010 to birth the Australian Carbon Trust Limited headed by one Michael Rann – that later transformed into Low Carbon Australia which later again was integrated into the
Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
CSIRO seems to be the biggest single grants recipient with about $48million – followed I think by the BoM with about $22million. Click more for hopefully a spreadsheet of the main details for all grants 2010-11-12 Continue reading A Quarter $Billion in climate change grants over three years 2010-2012

Ninti One Ltd – a skilled operation gets $1 million from Fed Govt Climate Change Fund

Checking out who gets what in the world of Climate Change grants I came across this neat little operation – - Ninti One Ltd in Alice Springs. Many involved seem to be big city academics who would be funded anyway by their tertiary education institutions. But I am sure Ninti One Ltd can put the Govt funds to good use.

North Queensland less threatened this morning – Cyclone Ita downgrades to a category 2

Last night at 10pm the ABC was featuring 230kph winds in headlines. Cyclone categories. This morning the max gusts I can see for Cape Flattery are about 160. Lucky.
Can anybody find anemometer readings over 160kph ?

Sun spot numbers come off February high

The twin peaked shape becoming better defined as cycle 24 proceeds – interesting to compare SWO & RI at different times. Previous solar threads.

David Archibald book – Twilight of Abundance

New thought provoking book by David Archibald -

Not a lot of clear water seen between the ice around the Aurora Australis just now

They are on their way home to Hobart after cargo operations at Mawson – seeking a way out of the ice – I am surprised they are not under way – they have several helicopters to look for clear water leads.

Sydney temperature history – BoM raw data compared to ACORN adjusted data

Here is Sydney raw max & min annual temperature history -

This shows raw compared to ACORN also annual – you easily see where the effective adjustments are concentrated.

From 1 Jan 1983 on to present day there are no adjustments made to the daily max data. There are however some days when the raw reading is discarded to leave a data gap in ACORN. In the case of minimums (nightime) the data has no ACORN adjustments from 1 Jan 1964 to present day. But like the max – ACORN finds quite a few minimums not fit for ACORN.
Daily ACORN max minus raw max

Daily ACORN min minus raw min

To me it looks like machine driven stroking & tweaking.

ABC says – Carbon farming a flop at Henbury Station – thats in the Northern Territory Australia

Carbon farming a flop at Henbury Station – I have had articles on Henbury for 18 months or so – I have also tried FOI to get at the truth of why it failed. The information gatekeepers are too good for me. Still waiting for the real story. Looks like the taxpayers $millions are lost.

Did First Solar think Australia was going to vote for GreenLabor in 2013 ?

Just saw this on the ABC – First Solar reconsiders Australian investments amid ‘uncertainty’ over Renewable Energy Target
Quoting the article – First Solar’s vice-president of business development, Jack Curtis, says a lot has changed in the eight months since the former federal government announced the project.
“Those projects … reached financial close in a different political and business environment which was almost a year ago now,” Mr Curtis said.
“That’s obviously changed quite dramatically since the election. There’s now a much greater deal of uncertainty around future projects like this.”

RSS satellites find Australian lower troposphere anomalously cool during March 2014 – BoM surface data finds a warm anomaly

RSS finds the same general shape as the BoM mean anomaly – when you make a mean anomaly map for March at the BoM you see Perth and Hobart were warmest.

The Time Series chart shows the BoM anomaly was about +0.75 degrees. Fascinating that there should be such a difference with RSS – considering the lower troposphere is such a gossamer thin skin when considered on the scale of our wide brown land.
Interesting too that RSS found all three southern hemisphere land masses were cool in March. I bet the big surface datasets will not agree.