Low cloud effect
WE are saved.
The City of Launceston council has declared a climate emergency (The Examiner, August 9).
This is obviously in response to studies from two lesser-known universities in the US, Princeton and Yale, as well as papers from the University of Kobe (Japan) and Turku (Finland), that show that human contribution to the current warm period, is a staggering, 0.01C.
These papers show that the IPCC's climate models have utterly failed to account for something as simple as low cloud.
Will the council's action plan allow for the effect of low cloud?
Peter Carroll, Osborne Park.
AUSTRALIA is peculiarly alone in the world in persisting in the delusion that all is well in the environment. The Arctic is indeed burning and even Putin in Russia has declared an emergency with over 2.7 million hectares of the Siberian Arctic burning.
In the Alaskan Arctic, close to another million hectares have burnt.
Totally unprecedented. But then, of course, perhaps the BBC, the Washington Post, the Smithsonian, NASA and others are making it up and are faking all those photos and satellite images and the Arctic is just ice and snow where Father Christmas lives.
Steve Saunders, West Launceston.
THE declaration by City of Launceston council and others of a climate emergency is a meaningless exercise in feel good and the preening of climate activists, which will do little in reducing greenhouse gas production than the programs that are already in place nor will this declaration do anything significant in reducing the world output of CO2 and save the world.
Council services, lighting, sewerage, stormwater, etc are already powered by clean green renewable hydro energy and the introduction of LED lighting will reduce the electricity usage and cost, but not the production of gases as hydro does not produce gases.
Tasmania has a negative production of greenhouse gases and Australia produces only 1.1 per cent of the world's output, to reduce that amount by 100 per cent would have very little impact on climate change, but would result in a 1930s financial depression.
China, USA and India produce 40 per cent of world greenhouse gases, with India not to start reducing its output until 2030.
The promoters of this so-called climate emergency would be much more effective if they were trying to persuade these countries to change their ways.
John Boyle, Riverside.
Support for Families
LABOR senator Catryna Bilyk is right to call for the bereavement payment to be extended to those families who experience a stillbirth.
There is a unique pain that comes from preparing your heart for a child that never comes. A bereavement payment would ease the financial burden on a family at the most difficult time of their lives.
Whilst Australia is one of the safest places in the world to give birth, there are still 2200 stillbirths a year.
That's around six families a day leaving the hospital with empty arms.
There were 16 recommendations from a Senate inquiry into Australia's stillbirth rates, including extra funding, a public awareness campaign, educational resources for health professionals, and developing a national action plan.
The government agreed to the recommendations, but progress has been slow in implementation. I call on all our federal MP's to step up and ensure we support families during their grief, and to action the recommendations ASAP.
Jess Greene, Riverside.
REALITY TV producers are set to insult Tasmanian viewers intelligence with yet another absolute rubbish program.
The latest offering being yet another series of The Proposal; where a sad forlorn (desperate and dateless if you ask me) person is supposed to be asked the question of marriage and give their answer within an hour.
If you disagree, you have every right to tell me to pull my head in (and get with the times), and if that's your proposal, do I have an hour to think about it?
Robert Lee, Summerhill.
NICK Kyrgios throws temper tantrums, goes off at the umpire and gets fined.
Why not suspend him and all the others showing bad taste?
Any fines seem to be laughed off and he does the same thing in a few weeks' time.
Hit them where they hurt by banning him from playing the game until he improves his attitude to the game and plays like a sportsman he should.
Anthony Galvin, Launceston.
Wedge Tailed Eagle Safety
EPURON, a Sydney renewables company, proposes to build a wind farm in the Tasmanian Highlands near the Great and Arthurs lakes say they are going to take measures to protect wedge-tailed eagles from harm.
Eagles just don't follow plans made by humans and will fly at will were they want to.
If these turbines are let go ahead eagle deaths will occur.
Epuron and anyone else who wants to build wind farms where any wildlife is close by need to be stopped before they blow our endangered eagles away.
Let our magnificent eagles fly free.
David Parker, West Launceston.
Dr Kathryn Barnsley in her letter (The Examiner, August 19) about the tobacco industry made an error in the penultimate line.
It should have read: "T21 will decrease the uptake of smoking, not increase the uptake of smoking".