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SMEDG holds monthly meetings, free and open to anyone interested in mineral exploration and related topics. Attendance is usually about 40, occasionally 80 -100. SMEDG is a non-profit organisation*, run by a volunteer committee and funded by the proceeds of its annual Symposia. Funding of events is as close to 'at-cost' as we can make it, with sufficient left over to pay for 10 Rugby Club Meetings per year and to underwrite the next Symposium. This web site was originally created, by Steve Collins in July 1999, to provide news of meetings for the SMEDG community. It has evolved, somewhat haphazardly, into an information resource with dozens of extended abstracts and papers, many with .ppt files attached.

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Plimer Update

HEAVEN AND HELL: THE POPE CONDEMNS THE POOR TO ETERNAL POVERTY
by Professor Ian Plimer

The recent Papal Encyclical was on climate and the environment. This book criticises the Encyclical and shows that we have never lived in better times, that cheap fossil fuel energy has and is continuing to bring hundreds of millions of people from peasant poverty to the middle class and that the alleged dangerous global warming is a myth.
I have great respect for the Pope�s sincere wishes to end pollution and poverty. We all share the same sentiments. The solution is to use cheap coal-fired electricity and not to demonise coal and other fossil fuels. The Industrial Revolution and the growth of East Asia and India shows that with cheap coal-fired electricity, people are brought out of poverty. It has happened to hundreds of millions of people over the last 20 years.
Burning coal releases CO2. This is the gas of life. Plants feed on CO2 and there has been a greening of the Earth with the slight increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. The food for all life on Earth has been wrongly demonised as a pollutant. Some 97% of CO2 emissions are natural.