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Changes to CSIRO may mean loss of international grant money

Map Turnbull climateCSIRO changes risk losing millions of dollars in international grants, leading scientists say, ABC  Lateline  By political correspondent David Lipson, 20 Apr 16  Some of Australia’s leading scientists say the CSIRO is at risk of losing millions of dollars in international grants due to changes being implemented under CEO Larry Marshall.

Key points:

  • CSIRO staff fear they will lose grants due to new CEO
  • CEO rejects claims, says valuable research will continue
  • Former manager says CSIRO at risk of breaching Paris climate agreements

Lateline has obtained unofficial minutes of a CSIRO staff meeting last month, where one researcher directly raised the United Nations Development Program’s concerns about funding the organisation in future.  “The UN told him that in their view, the new CEO was not reliable,” retired CSIRO fellow Dr Nick Abel said.

“And they were frightened that if they did hand over a lot of money to CSIRO under contract, there was a danger that he might cancel those contracts and leave them with the ultimate embarrassment for the UN, which is millions of dollars of unspent money.”

Billions of dollars worth of grants were pledged for climate research and mitigation at the Paris climate talks last year.

Lateline has spoken to a number of scientists who fear the CSIRO’s new innovation and industry focus is leading to a “dramatic reduction” in “public good” science………

Australia ‘reneging’ on Paris agreement, ex-CSIRO manager says

Research manager Dr Peter Craig retired from the CSIRO just over two weeks ago.  He believes as well as the loss of reputation and capacity, Australia is also at risk of breaching commitments made at last year’s climate talks in Paris.

“The COP21 agreement actually requires an increase in climate science, not a decrease in climate science,” he said……

April 22, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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