Still no closer to point of no more head­lines say­ing we’ve passed the point of no re­turn

Can you clear a fire­break in Queens­land? You bet your money — or your life

The Australian - - COMMENTARY -

The point of no re­turn. Robin McKie, The Guardian, De­cem­ber 2: As the UN sits down for its an­nual cli­mate con­fer­ence this week, many ex­perts be­lieve we have passed the point of no re­turn … Wasn’t this it? Amitabh Avasthi, Science, March 17, 2005: Cli­mate’s Point of No Re­turn … Mod­els sug­gest that, re­gard­less of hu­man in­ter­ven­tion, the oceans will keep fu­elling global warm­ing and sea lev­els will con­tinue to rise … (for) 100 years. Or this? Michael McCarthy, The In­de­pen­dent, Jan­uary 16, 2006: The world has al­ready passed the point of no re­turn for cli­mate change, and civil­i­sa­tion as we know it is now un­likely to sur­vive … Or this? Ross Gelb­span, Grist, De­cem­ber 11, 2007: Be­yond the Point of No Re­turn. It’s too late to stop cli­mate change … Lead­ing sci­en­tists — in­clud­ing Ra­jen­dra Pachauri, head of the In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change, Bri­tish ecol­o­gist James Love­lock and NASA sci­en­tist James Hansen — have de­clared that hu­man­ity is about to pass or al­ready has passed a “tip­ping point” … (for) global warm­ing. Or this? Gwynne Dyer, Straight.com, July 27, 2010: We are pass­ing the point of no re­turn on cli­mate change. Or this? Brad Plumer, The Wash­ing­ton Post, Novem­ber 10, 2011: When do we hit the point of no re­turn for cli­mate change? … Around 2017. Or this? David Perl­man, sf­gate.com, June 7, 2012: Warm­ing nears point of no re­turn Or this? Pe­ter Walker, The In­de­pen­dent, De­cem­ber 1, 2016: Cli­mate change es­ca­lat­ing so fast it is “be­yond point of no re­turn”. New study rewrites two decades of re­search and au­thor says we are “be­yond point of no re­turn”. Sorry, folks. You can ex­pect alarmist head­lines for at least 17 more years. Science Daily, Au­gust 30: If gov­ern­ments don’t act de­ci­sively by 2035 to fight cli­mate change, hu­man­ity could cross a point of no re­turn af­ter which lim­it­ing global warm­ing be­low 2C in 2100 will be un­likely … Crit­i­cism in­cred­i­bly un­fair. El­iza Goetze, ABC News, De­cem­ber 5: As Queens­land re­cov­ers from its bush­fire cri­sis, farm­ers and vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers … (say) not enough is be­ing done to stop bush­fires spread­ing from Na­tional Parks … Cen­tral Queens­land gra­zier Darcy Ward … claimed it was the fifth fire to es­cape from the Na­tional Park on to his prop­erty in 14 years … Blooms­bury Ru­ral Fire Brigade pres­i­dent Gary Con­si­d­one … (said) “They don’t seem to do any­thing to con­trol fires or do early burns (in parks and forests) … The man­age­ment seems to come from Bris­bane … and it’s mostly wrong.” … En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Leeanne Enoch … (said the crit­i­cism was) “in­cred­i­bly un­fair”. Is this fair? Luke Hen­riques-Gomes, Guardian Aus­tralia, De­cem­ber 1: A cen­tral Queens­land man has died … af­ter be­ing hit by a fall­ing tree while clear­ing a fire­break on his fam­ily’s prop­erty south of Emer­ald. Is this fair? James Na­son, beef­cen­tral.com, March 23 last year: Michael Vin­cent Baker … of Eidsvold was this week found guilty … (on charges) re­lat­ing to the width of clear­ing as­so­ci­ated with fire­breaks … (with the fine and costs to­talling $999,780) … He con­tacted 32 … gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees seek­ing ad­vice on the ac­cept­able width of fire­breaks and re­ceived con­flict­ing re­sults.

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