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Renewed focus on CSIRO and climate change will not reverse damage done by Turnbull govt

CSIRO’s renewed climate change focus will not reverse damage done by job cuts: scientists, ABC News, PM , 4 Aug 16 By Felicity Ogilvie and staff Some of Australia’s top climate scientists say new instructions given to the CSIRO to renew its focus on climate science will not be enough to reverse the damage done by previous jobs cuts.

The Federal Government’s new Science Minister Greg Hunt has instructed the CSIRO to renew its focus on climate science.

Climate scientists from around the country, meeting in Hobart to discuss how climate change will affect Australia’s future, say they are having a hard time keeping up with the changes in how climate science at the CSIRO is being run.

CSIRO Fellow Dr John Church, an expert in estimating and understanding global and regional sea-level rise, is one of the 275 CSIRO scientists who are losing their jobs.

“This is only a step in the right direction, it certainly doesn’t recover all the positions that have been lost,” Dr Church told PM.

University of Tasmania polar scientist Matt King said Dr Church was irreplaceable, and said he was finding it hard to digest the directive given by Mr Hunt…….

Dr Rintoul said damage had been done to Australia’s international reputation as a result of the CSIRO job cuts…….he also agreed that CSIRO staff losses would have a major negative impact on Australian research.

“In short, John Church is irreplaceable and some of our staff are similarly irreplaceable. So there are areas of science that Australia used to be strong in that we will no longer be as strong in and we’ll need to rebuild,” he said…….

August 5, 2016 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming, politics

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