The world has gone mad, or was it always that way? (582 KB)
Examines human rationality in addressing environmental impacts using climate change and the degradation of the Murray Darling Basin as examples.
Compensation for all (1.6 MB)
Examines the rationality of proposals to compensate industry and consumers for the imposition of a tax on carbon emissions.
Cost of Doing Nothing (CDN) (450 KB)
A financial model based on the cost of doing nothing (CDN) is presented as an alternative to the existing business model based on return on investment (ROI). The CDN is designed to maintain an existing level of development while providing improvements, as opposed to the ROI providing developments through growth.
Government Contempt for Science (142 KB)
Impact of Economists on the Environment (142 KB)
Examines the treatment of science by government through education and the management of scientific research.
The role of economists in addressing the environment is examined in relation to climate change. Issues examined include assigning environmental expertise to economists, and the use of business models to address problems that have arisen through the application of business models.
Law and the Environment (160 KB)
Addresses motivations behind environmental legalisation and its use for promoting different agendas. Means of achieving environmental outcomes that benefit the public are examined.
The Basis for Religion (140 KB)
Identifies the basis for the development of religion in human societies in all locations over all human evolutionary time.
Enquiry into the Science of Climate Change (146 KB)
Issues associated with enquiries into science are addressed. Issues include the need to establish an analytical framework before information is collected that takes account of the potential for multiple causes of global warming, and to separately address the preferred means of remediation.
Sustainability (132 KB)
Theoretical considerations and observations of vegetation dynamics are used to examine constraints to population growth and sustainability.
On The Structure of Matter (147 KB)
A conceptual model for the structure of matter is developed from logical consideration of observations and the proposition that matter derives from the interaction of electromagnetic energy waves.
The Scientific Bureaucracy and the Environment (180 KB)
Administrative arrangements for the expenditure of Australian government funds on the environment are discussed by way of funding arrangements. The historic and current roles of publicly funded organisations are outlined and discussed in relation to the use of position to exclude industry. Implications of industry suppression are identified and discussed in relation to government industry policy.
Efficiency v Effectiveness (100 KB)
Examines the importance of increasing efficiency and effectiveness for organisms and organisations.
Overt Indensation by Plants (2.6 MB)
Images illustrate the accumulation of water droplets on plant leaves through indensation. Differences in response between plant life forms, and changes to leaf form that alter the response to the perfield are addressed.
Biological Adaptations to the Perfield (4.2 MB)
Characteristics of plants and animals that represent adaptations to the perfield are identified. The function of some responses is identified.
A Synopsis of the Cultural Use of Perfielders (1.8 MB)
Ancient societies routinely used devices responsive to the perfield to address utilitarian requirements such as the storage, preparation and consumption of food. Responsive devices were also used for cultural reasons such as defining personal status. A variety of devices is examined and their role in the societies is identified for some.
Interpretation of Crop Circle Patterns (2.5 MB)
Crop circle patterns are interpreted in relation to design requirements for the construction of devices responsive to the perfield.
Provision of Information on the Perfield (130 KB)
Examines issues concerning the acceptance of scientific results, and identifies a potential sequence for presentation of information relating to the perfield. The nature of matter is addressed to illustrate the material to be presented.
Indenser Operation (1 MB)
Issues Concerning the Mechanisms for Global Warming (161 KB)
The process by which plants can directly obtain water from the atmosphere other than through rainfall and condensation is illustrated by the operation of several devices. These indensing devices take various forms with some emulating the design of dew ponds and air wells. The occurrence of indensation is illustrated and the general conditions for the indensation identified.
Examines scientific limitations in the application of climate models to address global warming. Consideration of mechanisms is used to compare the applicability of an increase in atmospheric CO2 and desertification through agriculture as being causes for global warming. New physical processes that promote vegetation development are identified where these reinforce the view that global warming arises through desertification caused mainly by agriculture. Implications for remediation and the next step forward are identified.
Summary Points on Climate Change Cause (50 KB)
One page of summary points outlining the cause of global warming.
Social and Scientific Aspects of Land Clearing Controls (426 KB)
A brief history is given on the development of land for agriculture in Australia and the role of science in addressing the associated clearing of native vegetation. This identifies a change from vegetation clearing being determined by production to it becoming a political agenda. The associated changes in government administration and scientific research are illustrated using examples of implementations of NSW environmental legislation. Scientific research has been degraded with deficient science being used to justify restrictive controls on landholders. These controls have imposed costs on landholders and the community without reliable evidence that the suggested environmental benefits will be achieved. The discussion addresses the need to conduct sound basic research on native vegetation and to address environmental objectives by supporting land users rather than by imposing restrictive controls.
Biological Disjuncts (120 KB)
This paper addresses the question of why organisms tend to form distinct groups such as species and a mechanism is discussed.
Evolutionary Direction II (1 MB)
This paper addresses the factors associated with changes in species and biological populations in relation to the direction of change over time. Conclusions are drawn as to the processes and outcomes and these are presented as postulates.
10 Plus Reasons to Reform Environmental Research (284 KB)
This paper examines comments by public scientists on the applicability of ERIC's methods for mapping soils using airborne gamma radiation data and the application of the results in addressing dryland salinity. The current status of the comments is addressed and conclusions drawn as to how they arose. Implications for the organisation of environmental research in Australia are discussed.
The Illusory Power of Peer Review (220 KB)
Public scientists consistently suggest that considerations contrary to theirs should be subject to peer review. Peer review is identified as maintaining scientific standards when the censorship involved in peer review is contrary to the basic requirement in science for openness. This note examines how peer review operates and its effect on Australian environmental science. Review of research activities is now conducted by some without science degrees. Combined with the secrecy and censorship associated with review this has resulted in science infrastructure being demolished with science being replaced by technology.