It seems that global warming and increasingly scarce weather are not that big of a concern for the Australian authorities since 110 climate change researchers were fired from CSIRO, the Scientific and Industrial Commonwealth Research Organization.
The announcement made by Larry Marshall, the chief executive at CSIRO that 110 out of a total of 140 positions from the division of atmosphere and oceans followed by 120 positions from the water and land program came as a shock to the Australian scientific community.
The explanation of this radical decision was that the science of climate change is already settled and there is no more need for basic research on the phenomenon. It’s like saying we already know that gravity exists, let’s fire all the physicists or redistribute them to chemistry-based research.
The decision will greatly affect the ability of the Australian authorities to handle the continuous changes in climate. And what the chief executive of CSIRO was not taking into consideration was the fact that Australia is the driest country on earth. And not just that, but the amounts of rainfall shifted dramatically over the years. This means that Australia is becoming even drier.
Before deciding to fire almost all of its climate change researchers, CSIRO was the largest program that studied climate change, and also the most advanced. The organization works on federal funds, so maybe the radical decision didn’t belong just to Larry Marshall, but also to the people that were funding CSIRO.
According to scientists, the Australian continent is ground zero when it comes to climate change. Here they can make various atmosphere, weather and ocean observations on a long-term basis that could help the entire scientific community to come up with an international working plan on dealing with climate change.
It seems that since May 2014 the conservative government decided to cut approximately $111 million from CSIRO’s budget. After only a few months Larry Marshall was appointed CEO of the organization and he announced that a change will occur and the agency will shift its focus from basic science to innovation.
Also, Malcolm Turnbull, the Prime Minister of Australia, declared that the country should focus more on science and scientific discoveries that can be commercialized. He and his government stressed out the fact that they want more projects that are commercially viable.
In conclusion, 110 climate change researchers were fired from CSIRO because global warming doesn’t sell as much as new gizmos would. And since Australia is the driest country in the world, maybe they want to focus more on the research and development of humidifiers.
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