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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.

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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.

"The response by the global climate community has been a very prompt and very consistent condemnation of the proposed CSIRO action to slash Australia's climate research capability," Durack says. "It has been an overwhelming, but on reflection unsurprising international response. This community deeply cares about the future, and knows better than most what actions we need to take to get there in good shape.

"The proposed cuts undermine Australia's primary climate capability. A capacity that is required now more than ever to best frame the climate change challenge and feed into adaptation and mitigation solutions. You can't plan for, and adapt to what you don't know and don't understand. The CSIRO cuts will certainly undermine Australia's ability to maintain it's core monitoring and modelling efforts, which equates to turning the lights out, rather than shining the torch for a clearer laser-focus."

The full text of this article can be purchased from Informit.