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Media Alert: Australian climate scientists gather to protest CSIRO job cuts
1pm, Monday, February 8, Outside Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (Seafarers Bridge end) -
The largest annual gathering of Australian climate scientists have come together in Melbourne for the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society’s (AMOS) annual conference.
But at 1pm concerned climate scientists will leave the conference and gather outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to show their support for around 110 colleagues to be cut from their research positions at CSIRO as part of 350 lost positions across the organisation.
They will voice their concerns about the substantial threat these job cuts pose to Australian climate research at this crucial time and how this may bring about the end of our world class climate model, the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator (ACCESS).
The cuts effectively dismantle decades of work at the forefront of climate change research. It puts in serious doubt Australia’s ability to meet its international obligations following the 2015 Paris COP21 talks and makes it far more difficult to anticipate and respond to future climate change challenges in this country.
A public letter supported by multiple climate scientists will be issued during the protest.
Interviews can be arranged with the following spokespeople:
- Dr Penny Whetton (retired CSIRO senior researcher into local climate impacts, IPCC author).
- Prof David Karoly (IPCC author, Member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority).
- Prof Roger Jones (Professorial Research Fellow in Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, IPCC author, former CSIRO researcher).
- Dr Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick (Leading heatwave expert, ARC DECRA holder, winner of the 2013 Young Tall Poppy Award).
Phone: 0418 617 366
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