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Feb 5, 2016

CSIRO abandoning climate science nothing short of tragic

The proposed shift in focus of climate scientists at the CSIRO is nothing short of tragic, writes CEO of The Climate Institute, John Connor.

To learn that an entrepreneurial approach is now being applied to the CSIRO, and that its emphasis — its workforce, its scientists — will be moved (or replaced) from climate and environmental data gathering and analysis to concentrate on mitigation and adaptation drawing from “big data” is nothing short of tragic.

The study of anthropogenic climate change — climate change caused by humanity polluting the atmosphere with carbon and other greenhouse gases — is the study of a process of “change”. It does not conveniently stop at any point in time so we can come up with solutions that we can commercialise for profit.

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  1. form1planet

    I cannot believe that the chief executive of the CSIRO would say we know the climate is changing so we no longer need to measure it. Isn’t the question of “how much” still quite important?

  2. JMNO

    Anti-intellectualism rules. How can the best students be attracted to study the STEM subjects, as Turnbull wants, when there are constant cuts to the unis and research institutions which would employ some of them and when there are very limited other job prospects for them. We are never going to be the clever country if we do not encourage research.

    Not to mention that it will be difficult to respond to climate change if we are not sure what is going on. No informed decision-making!

  3. graybul

    It is so demoralizing to witness how much effort is put into degrading the public capacity to understand, participate in and prepare for the inevitable impacts of climate change.

    Aside from climate change, the priorities of politics and politicians remain the greatest threat to humanity. Constant carrot and stick interventions upon our front-line (CSIRO) defence has the widest of implications.

  4. paddy

    Every time this mob of vandals (disguised as a so called Govt)trashes yet another institution, I despair.
    Replacing senior executives with tame lapdogs appears to be the method of choice.
    NBN, ABC, CSIRO, the list just keeps on getting longer.
    Undoing the damage is going to take decades.
    Even worse, when it comes to climate change, that’s time we just don’t have.
    Deeply depressing stuff.

  5. Roger Clifton

    Yes, he hits a nerve alright. But notice his punchline:

    “our hulking, aging and inefficient coal-fired power stations are innovation blockers …”

    This author is preying on our fears for the greenhouse to sell us on junk from the renewables industry. However the greenhouse issue is too serious to indulge these er, “innovators”. Those hulking, ageing, carbon-emitting old power stations must be replaced by new, zero-carbon nuclear power generators, once we decide what we should be afraid of. Big, off-the-shelf nukes too, not token windmills to dot our skylines.

  6. Sputnick60

    have a read of this.
    https://glittering.blue/about
    ….in particular to comments on the politics of those climate change skeptics and how they wield power. An American weather satellite sits on the shelf for years just because some powerful fools fear what might be discovered. Oh those self interested nutters!

  7. graybul

    @Sputnick60 Even though my post(3) highlighted concerns of political intervention, am gobsmacked with your post exposure/denial of terrestrial

  8. graybul

    oops don’t know what happened there?

    , , , weather satellite. It simply beggars belief.

  9. AR

    The CEO on RN yesterday sounded like a flak for venture capitalist vulture fund.
    Dr Marshall’s PhD was in solid state laser but he seems most proud of his “success” as a venture capitalist. How strange.
    The waffle about excellence & strategy made me think of talcum on auto.
    No content, no active verbs.

  10. Jaybuoy

    this is the PM who thinks reinstalling copper wire into the broadband network is agile and innovative..

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