HSI welcomes Minister’s commitment to restore climate science at CSIRO
Humane Society International (HSI) joins much of the rest of Australia in breathing an enormous sigh of relief as new Science Minister, Greg Hunt, announces moves to restore funding to CSIRO’s climate research programmes as the new Turnbull-led Government establishes itself.
“Last year, incoming CSIRO chief, Larry Marshall, was correct to recognise that CSIRO needed to do more to help Australia adapt to climate change but terribly wrong to seek to do so at the expense of CSIRO’s climate research effort,” said Humane Society International Climate Change Advisor, Alistair Graham. “We now look forward to seeing CSIRO give effect to their Minister’s wish to see climate science strengthened ‘whilst also focusing on adaptation and mitigation’”.
“The Minister has now properly positioned CSIRO to effectively support Australian efforts to implement last year’s Paris Agreement both within Australia and as part of the wider international community where Australia makes a worthy contribution. Commitments were made in Paris not only to strengthen global mitigation efforts with a view to keeping global warming well below 2°C but also to ensure both adaptation and mitigation are fully embedded in the new Sustainable Development Goals agreed last year,” Mr Graham said. “It is important that we maintain the balance between contributing to international efforts while bolstering domestic efforts, especially in helping primary producers adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.”
“We now look forward to working with Minister Hunt in his new role as Science Minister to ensure science plays its role in helping landholders, governments and the wider community understand just how serious and pervasive the impacts of climate change are already and are likely to be in the years ahead, especially on Australia’s biodiversity, and to take prudent and effective steps to ensure such impacts are minimised and not exacerbated. There’s a lot of science involved in getting this right,” Mr Graham concluded.