February 21st 2009


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ENERGY: How Australia can become fuel self-sufficient

TERRORISM: The two faces of Eve - nature, nurture or Islam?

EDUCATION: Non-government schools give parents better value

GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: Obstacles on the road to economic recovery

Bushfires blamed on global warming (letter)

BOOKS: BYE-BYE DOLLY GRAY, by Antony O'Brien

Valuable contributions (letter)

CINEMA: The Wrestler grapples with life's big problems

CHINA: Chinese unrest in face of massive job losses

ECONOMIC AFFAIRS: Can Rudd save Australia from the global slump?

CULTURE: The other side of the ledger

OBITUARY: Fred Schwarz, Cold Warrior, friend of Ronald Reagan

UNITED STATES: Supreme Court contributed to global financial crisis

AS THE WORLD TURNS: Parenting not something to outsource / Diversity fanatics threaten charities

Anti-rural campaign (letter)

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Coalition differences over Rudd stimulus

Deregulation of wheat (letter)

LABOUR AND JUSTICE: The worker in Catholic social teaching, by Gavan Duffy

NATIONAL SECURITY: Secret Saudi funding of Australian institutions

EDITORIAL: Bushfires: when will we ever learn?

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Bushfires blamed on global warming (letter)


by Alan Barron

News Weekly, February 21, 2009
Sir,

It is extremely disappointing that the CSIRO has chosen this time to push its view that global warming was responsible for the tragic bushfires on the weekend (Sydney Morning Herald, February 9, 2009).

What poppycock! It had nothing to do with global warming.

Fact: Some fires were deliberately lit.

Fact: Vast areas of bushland have been locked away as national parks, and no back-burning has been allowed for years. Hence, the bush was highly susceptible to any adverse weather conditions.

Fact: The Earth has not heated up, but has cooled in the past decade. Global temperatures since 2002 have on average declined by 0.6 of a degree.

Everything seems to be blamed on global warming these days, and the public are being misled over erroneous claims concerning global warming.

The CSIRO should stick to the facts. It's time to call a halt to the unnecessary scare-mongering on climate change.

Alan Barron,
Grovedale, Vic.




























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