“Go ahead and get over it”: the minister of Science is debating whether climate change is real while preparing to meet bushfire experts FINALLY
- The Australian science minister wants to end the debate about the reality of climate change
- Karen Andrews meets CSIRO, Academy of Science and bushfire researchers
- She admits that it is a ‘fair’ question why she has never met them before
The Australian science minister wants the debate on the reality of climate change to end, while several experts are preparing for a meeting in Canberra.
Karen Andrews will meet with representatives from the CSIRO, the Academy of Sciences and bushfire researchers on Wednesday to discuss ways to tackle forest fires through science and technology.
She admits that it is a ‘fair’ question why it is the first time she has sat down with all authorities, given the long time that there have been forest fire warnings.
Australian Science Minister Karen Andrews wants an end to the debate on the reality of climate change, while several experts are preparing for a meeting in Canberra
Ms. Andrews says Wednesday’s round table will be the first of many, and she is not willing to continue debating whether climate change is real or not.
“Every second we spend talking about whether the climate is changing is a second we don’t spend looking at adaptation, mitigation strategies,” she told ABC radio.
“It is really time for everyone to go further and see what we are going to do.”
Her opinion places her at odds with outspoken coalition backseat and former furniture salesman Craig Kelly, who denies climate change.
Environmental experts gather in Canberra to sit down with Minister Sussan Ley, protecting koalas and other species at the top of the agenda.
Graphic images of koalas burned throughout the country have been broadcast around the world, with millions of dollars pledged to help protect them.
Smoke is detected earlier this month by a fire in East Gippsland in Victoria
Mrs. Ley will meet Australia’s endangered Species Commissioner and other experts following the announcement of a $ 50 million program to support and intervene in environmental groups to save wildlife.
It is believed that more than a billion animals died in the fires.
Samantha Vine from Birdlife Australia says it is inevitable that many of the nation’s unique species are threatened with extinction.
“Bird species we are most concerned about are the shiny black cockatoo from Kangaroo Island, the raining honeyeater and the parrot in the west and the northeastern brush bird,” she said.
Part of the $ 50 million went to Sydney’s internationally renowned Taronga Zoo, South Australia Zoos and Victoria Zoos for the treatment of injured animals and the establishment of ‘insurance populations’.
The meetings are part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s strategy of getting the best advice from experts on a range of topics to inform the government’s bushfire response.
Education Minister Dan Tehan will meet with representatives from the education sector, while treasurer Josh Frydenberg will hear from financial advisors.
On Thursday, agricultural representatives will come to Canberra to discuss the recovery of the agricultural sector, which has received a $ 100 million lifeline in the form of grants of up to $ 75,000 to rebuild fences and replace equipment.
Meetings are held on Friday to discuss tourism and bushfire assistance.