Author Archives: Peter Boyer

Chinese stake in Hobart’s new ocean research centre

With help from China, CSIRO is reasserting its leading position in Southern Hemisphere climate science. CSIRO is back in town and back on the world climate research stage. That was the real news in yesterday’s welcome announcement of a new … Continue reading

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Failing government shamed by local advances

While “higher” levels of government dither, local authorities are wrestling with climate change. When you think about it, it’s breathtaking. The 2017 federal budget is seeking to close the books on Australia’s biggest economic, social and environmental issue of this … Continue reading

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Larry Marshall and the marketing of CSIRO

The Trump administration is defunding climate science. Is that to be our model for CSIRO? Most government cockups happen when politics interferes with good administration, resulting in stupid decisions. Conspiracy, which requires careful thought, is rarely present. This, I think, … Continue reading

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