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Hundreds of Australian climate change scientists to be struck off

The worrying move has resulted from the Australian government’s opinion that they have already learnt everything.

  • 10 February 2016
  • William Brittlebank

The worrying move has resulted from the Australian government’s opinion that they have already learnt everything.

The decision to sack hundreds of Australian climate change scientists is causing concern amongst environmental groups, with suggestions that it could leave the country unprepared to deal with the consequences of global warming.

This is especially concerning considering that Australia is the driest country on earth and has already witnessed huge shifts in its weather patterns.

The debate is centred within the government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), with a strategic move away from climate change fundamentals to the adaption of new approaches to counter the current environmental reality. Many, however, believe that there is still much work to be done with regards to the base understanding of the issues.

The majority of the cuts are set to take place in the oceans division, where extensive research has been conducted on the impact of climate change on tidal patterns. Further jobs are to be lost in land and water roles and numerous specialist positions also. Many other workers will be shifted across in to a new streamlined set up.

Much of the concern coming from climate specialists is at the potential loss of what is a great base for the progression of research and further understanding of global warming. It is true that the world needs climate models in order to successfully prepare and adapt. With the reduction of research in this uniquely impacted country, there may well be detrimental effects felt throughout the wider region and indeed worldwide.