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Australian climate researchers gagged?

Former CSIRO scientists say they have been pressured over talking about climate change

Stephen Pincock
Australia's government-funded Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization (CSIRO) said today (February 14) that it would hold an investigation into claims scientists had been discouraged from publicly discussing the effects of climate change. The claims, which follow close on the heels of similar accusations in the US, arose Monday night on the state-run broadcaster ABC TV. During a current affairs program, three former CSIRO scientists said they had been censored in one way or another by the national government.One climate scientist, Barrie Pittock, said he was asked not to write in a government publication about the potential for people to be displaced by climate change. Pittock is currently an honorary fellow at CSIRO, meaning he does research there but is not on salary, a spokeswoman for CSIRO told The Scientist.Another scientist, Graeme Pearman, who was laid off from the CSIRO in 2004, said he was told not to...

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