Australia fires climate scientists, outsources work to Britain 

Posted: March 10, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, News

Climate science under pressure here [image credit: sourceable]

Climate science under pressure here [image credit: sourceable]

Rumours of a drastic cull of climate scientists in Australia turn out to be true, as the GWPF reports.

It looks like no job is immune to outsourcing, not even climate scientist jobs in Australia. The country’s science bureaucracy is considering having all climate modeling work done in Britain after announcing the firing of some 350 employees, including 100 climate scientists.

Alex Wonhas, executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) told Australian lawmakers the science agency “was considering contracting some work to counterparts in the British Met Office,” The Hepburn Advocate reported Wednesday.

“I don’t think that I can credibly claim that everything [we are doing now] will continue,” Wonhas said, according to The Advocate. “There will be a reduction in our activity.” It’s speculated CSIRO contracting with the British Met Office — the U.K.’s top climate agency — is part of an effort to cut the country’s funding of climate science while also showing the international community they still care about the issue.

“It is part of consultation and discussions with stakeholders about how research in the climate area can be maintained and maximised in the future,” a CSIRO spokesman said, adding that Aussie officials secretly planned to layoff hundreds of employees. “There was concern that distress may be caused to staff if options for staff reduction, which are not yet finalised, were leaked or distributed,” he added.

Aussie officials announced they were cutting 350-jobs from CSIRO in February, including the possibility of laying off 100 jobs involved in global warming research. Obviously, the scientists fired were livid. “Firstly the overall number of people in CSIRO is projected to be unchanged at the end of a two year period, however up to 350 people may lose their positions as we change the focus of our work program,” Larry Marshall, CSIRO’s chief executive said in a statement in response to media criticism.

Source: Australia Fires Climate Scientists & Outsources Their Work To Britain | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. AlecM says:

    Best to sub-contract their part of the fraud to its hub.

  2. jdmcl says:

    The CSIRO works closely with the Bureau of Meteorology on climate matters here in Australia. About five years ago the Bureau of Met got involved with the Met Office to try to develop model-based short-term (eg. seasonal) forecasts rather than use the probability-based forecasts that it was using (eg. “60% chance that there will be more than average rainfall” or “75% the temperatures will be above average”), which of course doesn’t give the very important magnitude of that difference and leaves wriggle room if they got it wrong.

    I haven’t heard any more about this and the BoM is still using the probability-based forecasts. Maybe the idea was abandoned when the Met Office seasonal forecasts especially for summer and winter were so abysmal.

    Any smart person would have learnt from the experience and stayed well clear of the Met Office but apparently not the CSIRO.

  3. I love this. They are saying that the Met Office will continue the same research – so no ecos can complain (except those losing their jobs). Then when the fuss has died down, they will just cease the contract with the Met Office because no one in Australia will give two hoots about job losses in the UK.

  4. oldbrew says:

    More part-time unreliables for Aussies…

    ‘Australia’s largest electricity producer says it would consider participating in industry-funded auctions held by the government to close coal-fired power stations and make room for wind and solar farms.’

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  7. Don Keiller says:

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

  8. oldbrew says:

    Garth Paltridge offers a solution to CSIRO climate scientists suffering from the “settled” syndrome