CSIRO Climate Scientists Face Job Cuts In Australia

Posted: Feb 9 2016, 5:19am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

CSIRO Climate Scientists Face Job Cuts in Australia
  • Downsizing of Climate Science Personnel in Australia

The downsizing of 110 climate science personnel is to take place in Australia.

Many researchers in the field of climate science are to be laid off from their jobs in Australia. The organization responsible for climate change studies is to transfer its focus away from the gist of its program.

CSIRO has thousands of scientists on its payroll. It has been into climatology and oceanography for so long. However, in a memo sent to the staff of CSIRO recently, the CEO said that he would turn to lean thinking and shed 350 jobs over the next two years. The majority of these jobs would be those of climate scientists.

According to the CEO, much of the observations regarding climate change had already been made by his agency. The basic work had been done and what was left was the question “where do we go from here?”…In other words, solutions were to be found to the climate change disaster.

Thus the slashing of climate change scientist jobs was a wise and deliberate decision. It had the power of reason behind it and was not a flippant move. Acclimatization and damage control were the next two steps that needed to be taken.

However, there are those who beg to differ with the CEO in this regard. They say that we are not finished with tracking climate change. Over 220 jobs will be cut from two units.

All in all, more than 80% of the staff dealing with climate change will have to change strategy and find new jobs. The skills built over so many years will be made redundant in a matter of months which is indeed sad.

Many experts were shocked at the decision by the CEO of CSIRO. It was labeled a disastrous move and one that would have far reaching negative consequences.

It came as somewhat of a surprise that the CEO of CSIRO didn’t think that measuring climate change was important anymore. The decision will lead to the ruin of oceanography and climatology in The Land Down Under.

Over $19 million will be slashed from the budget that was originally reserved for climate scientists. There were legitimate worries regarding the future of climate change gauging in the country.

Many people have urged the government to restart the climate change program on a novel basis. The cuts in jobs come at a difficult time for CSIRO.

Already many people have been laid off in the past couple of years. However, those slots which are being vacated will be replenished after some time as well.

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