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Internationally respected Australian climate scientist calls on CSIRO to get back to a science culture

CSIRO: Time for a ‘science culture’ again, says leading climatologist John Church ABC, Gregg Borschmann for The Science Show 13 May 17 

“We’re lacking in the senior leadership in CSIRO … [they’re] no longer world-leading scientists,” Dr Church told RN’s Science Show. “I think we need to get back to the stage where we have world-leading scientists as the CEO of CSIRO and the chiefs of divisions, etc … that’s required to really address the important issues and bring a science culture back to the organisation.”

Last year, the internationally renowned expert in sea level rise was axed from his position as a project leader in CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Division as the organisation wound back climate research.

He is now at the Climate Change Research Centre of UNSW and continues his work at the global level for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Dr Church said his trust in CSIRO had been rapidly destroyed during his last years at the organisation as it became more “risk averse” on issues like climate change……..

Urgency needed on climate change Dr Church, who co-authored chapters on sea level rise for the IPCC in 2007 and 2013, said there was an urgency for politicians and decision makers to understand the challenge of climate change.

“The commitments … we’re locking in — in terms of future climate change, both for sea level but also for temperatures and impacts on society — you can see these impacts accelerating, but we’re not making a lot of headway on real mitigation efforts,” Dr Church said.

He said the threshold for locking in long-term global sea-level rise would be crossed if carbon emissions continue unabated into the 22nd century.

In addition, there will be significant contributions from Antarctica plus smaller country contributions from melting of glaciers and ocean thermal expansion.

“We won’t get to tens of metres of sea level rise in 500 years, but we’ll be on that path of very substantial sea level rises if we don’t start mitigating emissions as urgently as we possibly can.”


May 15, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, climate change - global warming

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