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HotWhopper Privacy Statement

Your privacy is important. This page explains the data that is collected from site visits.

Any comments you leave on HotWhopper Blog and HotWhopper Chat (inactive at present) and are considered to be in the public domain. This privacy policy applies solely to information collected by HotWhopper websites.

Statistics on web traffic

As with most websites, HotWhopper uses cookies for statistical and other purposes, such as checking comments for spam and sockpuppetry. The aggregated information collected also helps keep the site focused on what readers are interested in. Aggregated (non-personal) stats can include the number of visits, popularity of particular articles, topics and pages, and any problems with our web design (broken links etc).

A number of individual details may be logged when you visit HotWhopper, such as IP address, Internet service provider, the domain name and location of that computer, its operating system, and the type of computer or other device, and web browser. Logged data and traffic analysis is performed by services such as Google Analytics.

Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will use your information to respond to you regarding the reason you contacted us. We will not share your information with any third party outside of HotWhopper, other than at your request, with your explicit permission, or if required to by law. Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email on occasion.

Data for advertising

HotWhopper uses some advertising. It only pays pennies, but even pennies help toward the cost of running the site. (Blogger and Chat engines are free, but I pay for some web design and website features, webhosting, journal subscriptions and access to some of the scientific papers I write about.) The advertising is provided by third parties who may use information about your visits to this and other websites so they can provide advertisements on topics of interest to you. We only use reputable advertising services.

The advertising companies usually use "cookies". You can read about advertising cookies on Google's Advertising Policies & Principles.

To learn more about advertising and cookies, tailor your preferences, and/or opt out of the use of the DoubleClick and other cookies, go to Ads Settings and/or

For more information about advertising-related data collection practices and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, see:

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time by contacting us via the email address below:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of data you have given us.


We use "cookies" on this site. A cookie is a piece of data stored on a site visitor's hard drive to help us improve your access to our site and identify repeat visitors to our site. Cookies enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance the experience on our site. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information on our site. See our Cookie Policy.


We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline. Wherever we collect information on HotWhopper Chat, that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking "https" at the beginning of the address of the web page. While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also aim to protect your information offline. No-one outside of HotWhopper administration is granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Registration at HotWhopper Chat and HotWhopper Wiki

In order to comment HotWhopper Chat (currently inactive) but not HotWhopper Blog, you must first complete the registration form. Registration is also required to amend the Wiki. During registration you are required to give certain information such as your email address. This information is used to contact you if needed. At your option, you may also provide demographic information about yourself, but it is not required.


Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and all updates will be posted on this page. If you have any questions about the HotWhopper privacy policy, or see offensive or overly intrusive advertisements, please send an email to Sou at (replacing "at") or tweet @Sou_HotWhopper.

About Sou - AKA Miriam O'Brien

Sometimes people want to know more about me and what I've done, goodness knows why :0

In climate circles I've been Sou for so long it's who I am. People in other spheres know me as Miriam O'Brien.

Way back I earned a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) at The University of Melbourne and an MBA from The University of Adelaide, though half of the latter was done at Monash University. I've also obtained a Farm Technology Certificate, half a wool-classing qualification, had 100% AI success rate (with the calf named after me), and received various other incidental learnings along the way.

My career took a number of twists and turns in the early days, including policy and planning roles with government. After that I spent many years as a management consultant. If you're curious, you can see a few more details at LinkedIn.

As well as learning and communicating climate science, my interests include photography, music and keeping fit (or avoiding becoming overly unfit). 

The photo in the HotWhopper blog header (and above) is of one of the three major fires in the last decade that surrounded our town and destroyed huge areas of forest and farmland, caused the death of a firefighter and killed two local residents. Undoubtedly with CO2 greening, after excess plant growth followed by a dry spell and extreme heat waves, there will be much worse to come.

If you want to get in touch, give me a shout in the comments on HotWhopper blog, tweet @Sou_HotWhopper; or send me an email: Sou at HotWhopper dot com (replacing the obvious with the obvious).





HotWhopper Cookie Policy

This policy was adopted for HotWhopper Chat, which is currently in recess. It applies to HotWhopper websites generally, including this site, HotWhopper blog and the Wiki.

What Are Cookies

Cookies are small text files sent to your browser by websites to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use them and why we sometimes need to store these cookies.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons, for example, to allow you to sign in and comment, and to allow you to set your preferences and remember them. They also help us administer the site, count visitors, and make HotWhopper a safe, secure and (hopefully) enjoyable experience. Cookies from trusted third parties are described in our privacy policy and help provide more relevant adverts as well as site statistics.

Some cookies will be deleted when you log out, however some may remain to store your site preferences and login details for the next time you visit.

Leaving cookies enabled will allow you to enjoy the functions of HotWhopper Chat , the Wiki, and HotWhopper Blog.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit.

More Information

If you have any questions about the HotWhopper cookie policy, send an email to Sou at (replacing "at") or tweet @Sou_HotWhopper, or visit the websites and Google.

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