Message and the messenger victims of debate
Chip Le Grand
IT is not easy watching one of your reporters get done over by Media Watch. Particularly when you have worked with the bloke for the best part of 20 years and not once had reason to question his journalistic integrity. But there was something about last Monday night’s mauling of Stuart Rintoul more troubling still.
Rintoul has done some great work over the past month examining the vexed issues of sea rise projections and the response of coastal councils to the risk of future inundation.
He exposed ludicrous planning laws stifling development at Port Albert, a fishing village on Victoria’s Bass Coast. Those laws are currently being being torn up by the Baillieu government. (The Australian)
PM’s top scientist defends sea-rise data
Chip Le Grand
CLIMATE Commissioner Will Steffen has backed the accuracy of sea-level rise modelling and rejected criticism that climate scientists spend too much time in front of computer screens and not enough in the field.
Professor Steffen, executive director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University and a member of the Prime Minister’s Independent Climate Commission, said not all climate change modelling was reliable.
“I get annoyed when people say the models are great or the models are poor,” he said. “The models are improving all the time. They do some things really well. We have a ways to go on other things. That is the nature of science.”
However, modelling of sea-level rises — which has been used by climate scientists for 20 years — was both reliable and essential, he said. (The Australian)