THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN

THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN

The first introduction to this website was written over three years ago. During those three years there have been some significant changes in both our community and around the world in both climate policy and the implementation of measures to reverse global warming. Unfortunately, in those three years there have been many opportunities missed because of too much control of energy and climate policy in the wrong hands. 

A new government was elected in May 2022 and with a new government came hope that the many years of neglect in halting and reducing the effects of climate change by previous administrations would be reversed. Those in denial of climate change, it’s causes and effect are still there – but I do believe that their ranks have thinned. However, the climate is still warming at an abnormal rate – catastrophic weather events, destructive agricultural methods, approvals for yet more polluting fossil fuel projects, and meanwhile back in the suburbs many people are still more concerned about superannuation returns, tax breaks and consuming Chinese manufacturing output than they are about the fact that we are facing a crisis that will herald a complete change in the way we live our lives if we don’t act now.

Some of the things that media and governments, including our own supposedly progressive government, are hesitant to talk about that are becoming a reality are the real possibility of food shortages, increased occurrence of catastrophic storms and bushfires, increasing desertification, the alarming rise of ocean temperatures, the underlying power of the press, social media and some not so ethical and fiercely lobbying fossil fuel miners, and the elevation of populist political leaders driven by egos and power in places around the world you would not expect this to happen.

The Rockflat website is about climate change. It’s not about politics, governments or life styles. The essays are factual, the opinions few but heartfelt.

We start 2024 with a disappointing and very frustrating COP 28 just concluded in Dubai. The conference was held in the historical heartland of fossil fuel production, was led by the former head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, and allowed the extremely well-represented fossil fuel industry to keep control of future energy strategy. There were at least 475 carbon capture lobbyists and more than 2400 industry-affiliated lobbyists in Dubai foe COP 28 – it was a a farce!

Take a few minutes (or longer) and read an article or two on this website. I hope you’ll find some of the information and arguments interesting, challenging and sometimes confronting.

A quick ‘heads up’ – Rockflat will no longer be using Twitter (X), notifications of new essays and posts will still be on Instagram, Facebook and now Masterdon.

Robert Watson

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2024-05-14T09:13:07+10:00

GLENCORE AND THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN – Is it worth the risk?

Reading Time: 14 mins 7th May 2024
Author: Robert Watson

GLENCORE AND THE GREAT ARTESIAN BASIN
Glencore, one of the world's largest miners is proposing to capture carbon dioxide from it's Moonie gas field, liquifying the carbon and transporting it almost 200km to deposit the mine waste in the largest artesian water body in the world, the Great Artesian Basin covering 22% of the Australian continent.

There has been unified and diverse opposition to Glencore's proposal including from farming groups, town communities, conservationists and many scientists who are skeptical about the carbon capture and storage technology that Glencore is proposing to use. Carbon capture and storage has never been successfully applied to any meaningful extent anywhere in the world ...

2024-05-13T15:41:06+10:00

CARBON CAPTURE & STORAGE – an expensive exercise in greenwashing

Reading Time: 20 mins 26th January 2024
Author: Robert Watson

CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE - an expensive exercise in greenwashing
The effects of climate change and global warming are now being felt world wide. Respectable science is unanimous in acknowledging climate change, recognising that anthropogenic climate change – that caused by human impact – has quickly escalated the natural climate cycles that have occurred throughout Earth’s history.

COP28 all but failed to reach it's stated goals, settling for the lowest common denominator to pacify the growing fossil fuel lobby attending COP. The same board rooms of fossil fuel miners around the world have managed to elicit strong support for the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology as a means of reducing CO2. CCS has not been successfully utilised as a major carbon reduction technology anywhere in the world despite billions of dollars being spent ...

2024-05-13T16:22:51+10:00

DECARBONISING AUSTRALIA

Reading Time: 34 mins 5th July 2023
Author: Robert Watson

DECARBONISING AUSTRALIA
With the widespread use of carbon credits, expensive and unproven technologies, as well as new coal mine approvals, Australia is making the difficult job of reaching net zero by 2050 almost impossible.

Since May 2022 there have been three significant matters that will largely determine Australia’s direction on climate policy in the next few years. The first was the defeat of the Coalition government by the Anthony Albanese led Labor Party. The second matter was the reform to the Safeguard Mechanism by the new Labor government early in 2023, and the third and related matter was the Chubb Review into the Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCUs) scheme.

2024-05-13T16:16:27+10:00

CLIMATE – A NEW GOVERNMENT, THE MINERS & RENEWABLES

Reading Time: 9 mins 23rd September 2022
Author: Robert Watson

CLIMATE - A NEW GOVERNMENT, THE MINERS & RENEWABLES
A big factor helping the Labor Party win government in May last year was their advocacy for improved policies to help relieve global warming and climate change in general. There were of course other reasons people voted for a change, including the establishment of an effective federal integrity commission, gender wage equality, fairer wages for low-paid workers, and, because they weren’t the Morrison government!

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has already served more than 10% of the electoral term, and from a rapid start, things might already be starting to ‘slow down’. There is more ‘political speak’ lately and less direct answers to difficult questions.

2024-05-13T16:30:01+10:00

1.5oC … GOING, GOING, GONE!

Reading Time: 12 mins 22nd April 2022
Author: Robert Watson

1.5°C ... GOING, GOING, GONE!
The Paris Agreement is a landmark international accord that was adopted by nearly every nation in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts. The agreement aims to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to limit the global temperature increase in this century to 2°C above preindustrial levels while pursuing the means to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Source: IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

On current evidence, one could reasonably believe that Earth has possibly reached, or is very close to reaching the critical +1.5°C temperature increase over pre-industrial temperature levels.

2024-05-13T17:28:31+10:00

THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Reading Time: 8 mins 21st February 2022
Author: Robert Watson

THE POLITICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
The expense and difficulty in reaching a sustainable level of global temperature before 2050 was made more difficult by the inaction and neglect of the Morrison government and particularly the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor.

At the same time many industries were independently moving away from fossil fuel generated power Morrison, Taylor, Joyce, Pitt and many other conservative politicians were encouraging and promoting fossil fuel companies while almost completely ignoring renewables and the necessary infrastructure for transition ...

2024-05-13T16:51:13+10:00

REVERSING GLOBAL WARMING AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL

Reading Time: 14 mins 4th February 2022
Author: Robert Watson

REVERSING GLOBAL WARMING AT THE GRASSROOTS LEVEL
How to employ regenerative farming techniques in your own garden.

Many of the techniques and principals that apply to regenerative farming/agriculture can be employed on a much smaller scale for suburban gardens and small acreages. In fact, many of the methods you probably already use are basically the same as used on a more “industrial scale on large acreages.

For example, one of the most utilised regenerative farming practices is crop and grazing rotation. Crop rotation is the practice of planting different crops sequentially on the same plot of land to improve soil health, optimize nutrients in the soil, and combat pest and weed pressure ...

2024-05-13T17:22:56+10:00

BRUCE MAYNARD – NO KILL CROPPING

Reading Time: 4 mins 22nd January 2022
Author: Robert Watson

BRUCE MAYNARD - NO KILL CROPPING
2 VIDEOS. The first, an interview with Bruce Maynard- the inventor of No Kill Cropping who describes the principles and processes involved. This revolutionary technique changes the assumptions of crop growing that have been conducted over the last 7000 years.

The second video shows how the Maynard family have integrated a huge suite of farming methods on the one property.

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