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Book launch: A beginner’s guide to climate change

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A Short Introduction to Climate Change by Tony Eggleton

A Short Introduction to Climate Change was written to explain climate change – one of the most important issues of our time – to everyday people with enquiring minds. It covers developments in climate science over the past 250 years and shows that recent climate change is more than the result of natural variability.

The grape harvest in Europe has been getting earlier and earlier for the past 200 years; over the last century Australian and global rainfall patterns have changed; and the area of Arctic sea ice in summer is steadily diminishing. Such natural changes are evidence of global warming.

This easy-to-understand book is free of technical terms and considers the consequences of our use of fossil fuels, discusses ways to reduce further global warming and concludes with ideas about the future of our planet.

Tony Eggleton is Emeritus Professor at The Australian National University. His childhood dream was to play cricket for Australia. But, given his average in the school third eleven, he thought a career in science seemed like a better option. Tony graduated with first class Honours in Science from the University of Adelaide, then completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, USA. For his extensive research in mineralogy, he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Adelaide in 1999, and has a mineral – eggletonite – named after him.

When: Tuesday 30 October, 6 – 7pm. Light refreshments and book sales and signings to follow
Where: Weston Theatre, Level 1, JG Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing, The Australian National University

To be launched by Dr John Hewson, Chairman of Shartru Capital, previously Leader of the Liberal Party and Federal Opposition

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3 Responses to Book launch: A beginner’s guide to climate change
Pork Hunt 7:52 pm 18 Oct 12

bundah said :

No Mr.G has said that we can manufacture and dump as many plastic bags as we like into our oceans and everything will be fine.He did however have a number of bags covering his head at the time!

Where is the Canberra ocean?

bundah 7:11 pm 18 Oct 12

No Mr.G has said that we can manufacture and dump as many plastic bags as we like into our oceans and everything will be fine.He did however have a number of bags covering his head at the time!

HenryBG 7:02 pm 18 Oct 12

Maybe future editions can include a new chapter: “The Carbon Tax Worked”.

THE carbon tax has helped drive a sharp fall in the carbon emissions of Australia’s power generation as coal-fired stations are closed, mothballed or sell less into the electricity market.
Demand drop shocks power industry

As Victoria’s Yallourn brown coal-fired power station became the latest to announce a production cut, experts said falling electricity demand, more renewables like wind farms and solar and the carbon price were all pushing Australia’s coal-fired stations out of the market, making generation cleaner.

Electricity sold into the east coast market in the three months since the tax started created on average 7.6 per cent less carbon dioxide for each megawatt hour of power, an analysis of figures compiled by the Australian Energy Market Operator shows.

“It is significant that the emissions intensity of the electricity generation system has fallen in the first quarter of the carbon price”

Compared with the same three months last year, the decline in emissions is around 6.3 per cent.

The article goes on to quote some dinosaurs from the same political party as Matt Watts who don’t see this as a good thing and believe we should continue to trash the planet.

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