Archive for the ‘Climate’ Category

Methane by the kilo

December 22, 2009

A few folks wondered what difference it would make to express yesterday’s graph by the kilo.  So, I’ve knocked something up based on some (very) rough estimates of boneless meat yields of the animals we are likely to eat.

Low-emission meat means we’re cookin’ with gas

December 22, 2009

Published in Crikey.

The world leaders let us down in Copenhagen.  So, (as usual) if we want the job done right, we’ve got to do it ourselves.  One place to start may be to substitute high-emission meat with low-emission meat on the dinner table.

Some animals do a lot more burping and farting than others.  To give you a feel for who’s who in the zoo, here’s a chart:

Is it really getting hotter down here?

December 22, 2009

Published in Crikey.

Last week the World Meteorological Organisation announced that 2009 is shaping up to be Australia’s third hottest year on record (since 1910). That got me  wondering what the rest of the top 10 were, so just in case you were wondering too, here they are:

I know that’s not graph pr0n, so for aficionados of the chart, here’s the complete set with a decade long moving average.  Things do seem to be hotting up down under.

Source: Bureau of Meteorology – Time Series Data