Bobbing Around Volume 16 Number 1

The only natural parallel with the speed of climate changes over the last few decades is during mass extinctions, when the pace of change exceeds the ability of species to adapt.
Andrew Glikson

Bobbing Around

Volume Sixteen, Number One,
July, 2016

Bob Rich’s rave

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*About Bobbing Around
guidelines for contributions

*From me to you
Elections in the way

Those floods explained so even politicians can understand them
Modern Nazis

Kayaks against Shell
Australia feels climate change
Understanding weather
India’s hottest temps, ever
Beijing sinking

*Good news
Solar beats coal — in BRITAIN
Norway protects forests
Stockholm keeps it in the ground

*Inspiring people
17 young entrepeneurs to inspire you
She won’t take Nestle’s filthy money

*Compassionate action
Kindness pushes a lawn mower
Judge in jail
Football club wins in the heart
She is dying, but married anyway
Syrian refugees in Canada pay it forward
Decent action in the Netherlands solves two problems

Young man fighting marine extinction
Sunlight into hydrocarbons
Electric highway cuts emissions

*Deeper issues
How to rein in population
Renewable utopia
Thank you, Giles Fraser
Fish are people too
Wise words on the Orlando massacre

Overcoming anorexia
Diagnosis: global warming
I contemplate murdering girls
How do I learn to trust my wife?

Postpartum haemorrhage

*For writers
Will Greenway on world building
Emotion in writing

*What my friends want you to know
OXJAM is back!
Ration challenge
E-book contest open for entries
Hepburn Wind: Five years in and still innovating!
Get your super out of coal
Great Transition Communication Blitz

Tarmac Tales, by Wendy and Dave Laing

Thank you again, Max Shub

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From me to you

Elections in the way

Australia’s federal elections are on the 2nd of July, which is mid-winter, and here in the Melbourne area, quite miserable. There have also been terrible storms lashing the east coast of the continent. The Prime Minster deserves to lose his position just for imposing an election on us at this time.

As if one day of national insanity wasn’t enough, there is a three-week pre-polling period, during which you can cast a vote if you give a suitable lie about being busy on election day.

So, our small local team of Australian Greens have been busy +++ handing out how to vote cards, sometimes in the rain, sometimes with hands freezing off, but always smiling.

So, I am preparing this issue of Bobbing Around in advance, while I can.


Those floods explained so even politicians can understand them
Modern Nazis


Those floods explained so even politicians can understand them

David Holmes, writing for The Conversation, has given an excellent explanation of the link between climate change and floods, as in Paris and Sydney.

Deniers pick on facts like “There have been higher floods in Paris in the past.” That’s not the point. Climate change shifts averages, alters probabilities. And, as David points out, higher air temperatures means more water vapour in the air, so when it does rain, more water will be dumped.

And yes, climate change makes droughts worse, in areas subject to drought.

The savage storms striking New South Wales came in the middle of the Australian elections. Strangely, neither main political party referred to them. Perhaps it doesn’t rain in ivory castles?

Here is what my friend Alfredo thinks of the issue:

Modern Nazis

By the time you read this issue, the Australian elections will probably be over. Unfortunately, however, whoever wins will keep poor, innocent people in concentration camps almost as bad as Auschwitz. Well, there are no gas chambers, and no one is deliberately executed, but that is the ONLY difference.

Elections or no, it is still relevant to Read the experiences and assessment of my colleague Paul Stevenson.

Make sure you have a strong stomach, though.


Kayaks against Shell
Australia feels climate change
Understanding weather
India’s hottest temps, ever
Beijing sinking


Kayaks against Shell

The multinational monster is at it again. Shell plans to build the largest oil tanker terminal in the world at Puget Sound. Their official estimate is that every few years, there will be a train derailment, spilling toxic, inflammable tar sands crude.

An armada of kayaks shut the project down.

They need your support.

Australia feels climate change

Although the Australian government tried to silence a UN report about it, the Great Barrier Reef is dying. About a quarter of it is gone, because of high surface sea temperatures. (They were trying to protect tourism by pretending there is nothing wrong! How intelligent is that?)

Beaches in Sydney have eroded away to the point that houses have collapsed. At least, unlike in the Solomon Islands, it’s not the poorest who bear the brunt — you’d need a couple of million dollars just to buy the land to put your mansion on. Well, that land is now gone.

And Launceston, in northern Tasmania, has had the worst floods in the historical record.


Higher air temperatures mean that more water evaporates. When it rains, you can expect it to be heavier. More energy in the atmosphere means stronger winds. It’s all very basic physics. Any particular weather event is determined by multiple causes. However, the averages are raised, so exceptional departures from the average are also higher.

You have to be a coal miner or a politician to fail to understand this.

Understanding weather

The causative factors behind any particular weather event are complex. Here is a helpful tool for examining what lies behind any specific event, such as, for example, the recent Paris floods.

India’s hottest temps, ever

This is 51 degrees Celsius in Rajasthan. That’s 124 degrees if you use the Fahrenheit scale.

To put this in context, at a steady-state temperature above 49 degrees C, the human body is unable to function, even with 0 humidity. This is killer heat, literally.

OK, it’s not in your place but in India… for now.

This is worth quoting from the webpage:

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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