Over here in the Middle East we look to the “enlightened West” to show us the ropes –- to set the standards for studying and enforcing climate change goals. What kind of signal does this send to the world when Australia basically lays off 275 climate change researchers, one of whom was John Church, considered to be a top 10 scientist in the field.
Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or Csiro, said it will reduce its country’s role in understanding climate change.
Joshua Willis, A NASA climate scientist from California told the New York Times: “I can only imagine it will be a huge setback for global programs. It is sad and embarrassing for the Australia Government.”
Starting back in 1976 Australia has been setting baselines for measuring greenhouse gases. Church’s work focused on rising sea levels, somewhat important to Australia because it’s an island.
Australia has also recently seen massive coral die-offs in the Great Barrier Reef. Corals are not able to bounce back to extremes in temperatures and increased acidification of the seas.