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Defence Act Casts a Long Shadow

By Guy Nolch

The battle now shifts from public good to commercial research, as new Defence powers threaten a broad range of “dual-use” technologies.

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CSIRO Weathers a New Storm

By Guy Nolch

CSIRO’s climate scientists are used to being gagged and bound, but now they have also been thrown overboard.

The summer just ended has been torrid for many scientists. While some were sweating through the task of writing grant proposals to fund their research programs, an ill wind was blowing for CSIRO’s climate scientists.

An open letter to the Australian Government and CSIRO

Almost 3000 of the world's scientists have signed an open letter to the Australian government and the CSIRO in response to the cuts to CSIRO's climate research.

This open letter from the international climate community has been coordinated by Paul J. Durack (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA) and Anna Pirani (ICTP, Italy). It is attached for download in full below.

CSIRO's Ideology Is Questionable

By Graeme Pearman

The decision to dismantle CSIRO's climate research underlines a shift in priorities from support of broad societal needs towards a focus on wealth generation.

CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall has decided to reduce his investment in climate research on the basis, notwithstanding the quality of the research, that the time has come to focus Australia's strategies on adapting to climate change. The assumption is that sufficient is known about how global warming will impact regional and local climate-related events so as to enable the confident development and deployment of adaptive efforts in anticipation of those threats.