The three Ps of climate change and agriculture

Opinions on anthropogenic climate change vary greatly across society, and it appears that Australia’s farmers remain largely sceptical about the causes of climate change.

Recent surveys show that only 28% of primary producers accept that human activity is the cause of climate change, compared to 58% of urban dwellers.

However, the science tells us that future agricultural production is at risk from climate change as well as being a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

via The three Ps of climate change and agriculture.

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CERN discovers a Higgs-like particle: let the party (and head-scratching) begin

Physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, Geneva, have announced the observation of a new particle widely thought to be the elusive Higgs boson.

Announced via a live two-way video link to the International Conference on High Energy Physics (ICHEP) in Melbourne, the result is the most significant finding in particle physics for decades and is potentially capable of solving a long-standing mystery concerning the origin of mass.

via CERN discovers a Higgs-like particle: let the party (and head-scratching) begin.

ACCC to probe Brumby’s for advising stores to ‘let carbon tax take blame for price rises’ | The Australian

THE consumer watchdog will investigate bakery chain Brumby’s after the company distributed an internal newsletter advising franchisees to “let the carbon tax take the blame” for price rises.

Brumby’s managing director Deane Priest advised store managers in her June newsletter to “take an opportunity to make some (price) moves in June and July”.

“Let the carbon tax take the blame, after all your costs will be going up due to it,” she said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it would make inquiries on price advice.

“The ACCC would be concerned if any franchisor encouraged or induced its franchisees to make misleading price claims about the impact of the carbon price,” a spokesman said.

via ACCC to probe Brumby’s for advising stores to ‘let carbon tax take blame for price rises’ | The Australian.

Education set for 2400 job cuts over four years [NSW]

THE Department of Education will shed at least 2400 jobs over the next four years and slash by more than half its language and literacy programs for disadvantaged people, confidential Treasury documents reveal.

A detailed NSW Treasury report obtained by the Herald shows labour expenses will be cut by $40.86 million this financial year – at least 408 jobs – with similar cuts in each of the following three years.

A further 200 temporary positions would also be cut each year.

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The new figures follow revelations in the Herald yesterday that the government has no cap on the size of its public sector redundancy program, opening the way for numbers to exceed the 10,000 figure announced in this year’s budget on top of the 5000 announced last year.

via Education set for 2400 job cuts over four years.

Aerial Firefighting Capacity Declines as Wildfires Grow | Mother Jones

The US Air Force, which grounded the remaining seven of its eight C-130 air tankers after a crash in South Dakota on Sunday, has cleared the fleet to fly again today.

The downed C-130 was from an Air National Guard wing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Four of six crew members are confirmed killed, reports MSNBC.

The Air Force C-130s are are called upon when US Forest Service can’t adequately fight wildfires with private and commercial fleets. This year all eight Air Force tankers were activated simultaneously to fight wildfires in the West. The last time that happened was in 2008.

via Aerial Firefighting Capacity Declines as Wildfires Grow | Mother Jones.

Rising ocean temperatures have tide turning in favour of scorching sibling El Nino

OUR dams are full, the lambs are fat and the sprinklers are running again. But weather experts are warning Australia’s east coast to brace for a return to dry conditions, perhaps even drought, as another El Nino event looms.

After two consecutive years of record rainfall and devastating floods brought on by La Nina, the Bureau of Meteorology warned yesterday that climate indicators show a shift towards drier weather patterns, and a potential swing to the opposite phenomenon, El Nino.

via Rising ocean temperatures have tide turning in favour of scorching sibling El Nino.