Is climate sceptic Barnaby Joyce changing tune?

It was the moment Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, a renowned climate change sceptic, confronted the reality of global warming.

He was at his parent’s property where they have had very low rainfall over the past three years.  He was standing beside the ever-diminishing creek near his one-time childhood Hobbit hole, looking as though he might cry.
“When I look at this,” he says, shaking his head, “I start to wonder whether climate change might really be happening.”

(Sydney Morning Herald: 20 May 2016)

Warm is Not Cool: A Musical Protest


A 2016 Protest Against Inaction on Global Warming


Our long-awaited first public outing was on Sunday 19 June 2016.

A marvellous experiment in public protest, inspired by the New Orleans brass bands, the English football crowds, and Brazilian samba.  We brought our delicious hybrid to the streets.

It was highly enjoyable, highly effective and downright dead, dirty funky. The three contingents of voice, horns and drums intersected in every cool way possible as we protested the woeful lack of attention in these election weeks to the elephant in the policy room: CLIMATE CHANGE.

To get people started, we had a rehearsal in public on the steps outside the Victorian State Library.  Here we are, learning and brushing up our songs, chants, and grooves.

After this warm up,  we strutted our stuff at the old shot tower in the Melbourne Central Arcade.  (Sorry I think you need to be owned by Facebook to see the next two links.)

Later we were in the Melbourne City Square

Then we did our thing in Federation square.
And called it a day.

Warm is not Cool: The Sequel: Sunday 26 June:

Video of us in Melbourne Central again.

The songs and chants: Lyrics and tunes

Not too many words.  Lots of repetition, harmony and jive

****** Song: Warm is not cool

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Warm’s not cool

Warm is not cool
Warm is not
Warm is not
Is not

Yo de aye
Warm is not cool

Did you know that’s the case so
We got to fix up this place

We don’t want to mess up the future

***** Song :  A message to you Turnbull

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos

Stop your messing around
Better think of our future
Time to straighten right out
This problem in town

Turnbull, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull
, a message to you Turnbull

22 percent of the reef is gone
Turn the coal off.  Turn the solar on

***** Song 3: Malcolm

You can hear this on the sound cloud links and videos.
Each part: bass, mid and top is separate on sound cloud.

Malcolm Turnbull’s got a very nice face
So let’s find him a lovely job in another place

***** Whatcha gonna do:  Call and Response Chant

Whatcha gonna do                  What
When the world gets hot      What
Whatcha going to do               Whatcha going to do
What                                                  When the world gets hot
What                                                  Whatcha going to do

Then Repeat

Try this chant while listening to the above video of us outside the State Library.

***** Chant: Coal Don’t Dig it

Coal don’t dig it
Leave it in the ground
You’ve gotta get with it


Stephen Taberner taught us these songs and chants

He knows how to work a group!
Here he is leading the Spooky Men’s Choir at a folk festival in Shrewsbury, England.  Good song.  You might even laugh.

As you might be able to tell, I’ve borrowed a lot of these “dirty funky” words from Stephen’s event promotion.

Andrew Gunner

Climate Records Smashed

Climate records are being smashed, not just broken by a little.

Seven climate records set so far in 2016

1. Arctic heat and ice cover

  • The Arctic had its warmest winter on record in 2015-16
  • Arctic ice cover in May was the lowest ever for the month of May, by more than 500,000 sq km.

2. Record global average temperatures each month

Every month so far in 2016: January, February, March, April and May, has been the hottest on record globally for that month.

3. India heat and drought

  • India recorded its hottest day ever on 19 May. The mercury in Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, rose to 51 C.
  • A nationwide drought in India has affected more than 300 million people leaving armed guards at dams, and reservoirs well below their usual levels

4. Alaska heat

  • Alaska, along with the rest of the Arctic, has experienced record-breaking heat.
  • Spring was the warmest on record, with an average temperature of 0 C.
  • The average year-to-date temperature has been 5.5C above the long-term average.

5. Record growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

  • Carbon dioxide levels have been breaking records every year for decades
  • However, the margin by which the record is forecast to break the annual record in 2016 is striking – and would be a worrying record.
  • The increase for 2016 is expected to be 3.1 parts per million, compared to the annual average of 2.1.
  • At a time when we need to be decreasing CO2 levels, they are increasing faster

6. Australia record hot autumn

Australia, no stranger to record-breaking heat, just clocked up its hottest autumn yet. Average temperatures were 1.86 C above the average, beating the previous record of 1.64 C above average, set in 2005.

7. Mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

  • The Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder and world heritage site, experienced its worst ever coral bleaching event, as a blob of warm water made its way around the world.
  • An aerial study found that just 7% of the reef escaped bleaching, which can lead to the coral permanently dying
  • The northern third of the reef: 81% severely bleached
  • The middle third of the reef:  33% severely bleached
  • The southern third of the reef: 1% severely bleached

This is the third global coral bleaching since 1998, and scientists have found no earlier evidence of these disasters.
(ABC News: 28 March 2016)

(The Guardian: 18 June 2016)

Global warming is an emergency today

May 2016 was the 13th month in a row to break temperature records

They are the latest in 2016’s string of incredible climate records which scientists have described as a bombshell and an emergency.

The series of smashed global records, particularly the extraordinary heat in February and March, has provoked a stunned reaction from climate scientists, who are warning that climate change has reached unprecedented levels and is no longer only a threat for the future.

The impacts we’re beginning to see are just the start and we know it will get worse for at least the next couple of decades – even if we do cut emissions.

What’s worrying about the record-breaking 2016 is that we are in unprecedented territory and we don’t really know what the consequences will be.  There are likely to be plenty of surprises, some of which will be nasty.

(The Guardian: 18 June 2016)