More experts have raised concerns about the recent job cuts at CSIRO, stating that climate science “underpins planning and programs for the health sector in Australia with climate modelling used by health researchers to identify issues, monitor changes, plan a response, and prepare resources”.
They describe the planned cuts to climate research as “a shocking and poor decision” that must be reversed.
The proposed cuts would gut climate science within the nation’s leading science body, says Dr Hanna, putting the health of the nation and its citizens at serious risk.
“Health and medical researchers rely heavily on CSIRO climate modelling to understand the health risks to individuals as well as larger population groups. Axing these globally respected climate experts from the CSIRO will directly threaten the future health of Australians,” said Climate and Health Alliance President Dr Liz Hanna.
Dr Hanna said health professionals were also worried about the health implications of axing scientists from the land and water division of CSIRO as they worked to secure Australia’s water and food supplies.
“Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent so water security is a critical issue. All our major cities have faced water shortages, and some towns have completely run out of water. People must have access to clean, safe and secure food and water supplies in order to survive.”