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CSIRO climate cuts will trash a decade of hard work with the Bureau of Meteorology and universities

Gregory Ayers writes in The Conversation (23.2.16) that cuts to the CSIRO’s climate science research capacity will jeopardise crucial research links with the Bureau of Meteorology and the nation’s leading universities.

‘CSIRO was the main agency behind Australia’s world-leading climate science framework – a setup that serves this nation’s climate science policy needs superbly, and one of the areas in which Australia punches above its weight internationally.

‘Why would CSIRO retreat from one of its own (and Australia’s) most effective scientific endeavours? Why stop now, after working tirelessly for more than a decade to create a unified national platform that provides essential advice to local, state and federal governments, as well as industry, commerce and the environmental sector? I don’t know. It makes no sense.

‘CSIRO’s decision to pull away from climate change science is against the national interest. It should not proceed.’

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