Updated, see below: This looks like a matter of convenient timing elevating dubious and/or nonsense claims.
To begin with it is not in the least unusual for academics to receive “I hope you eat shit and die“-style correspondence – you get these from students believing they should receive higher results, even from other academics whose conclusions you have not immediately endorsed and you get them from the general public if you happen to kick their sacred cows.
Persistent cases and any credible threats are forwarded to administration as a matter of workplace policy and police are informed as a matter of course. I can’t recall any university failing to offer screening and support as part of standard workplace policy protecting staff from harassment and that has been part of boilerplate policy for the last three or four decades.
Given that Australia’s socialist government is in desperate trouble trying to craft and support legislation to implement highly unpopular taxation on energy use and ANU’s hard-Left political orientation; and given also that ANU has not initiated police involvement my assumption is that this is a piece of melodramatic fluff over nothing in particular.
If people are writing nasty missives to ANU’s CAGW cranks then please stop doing so – it doesn’t win friends or favorably influence people and apparently upsets the poor dears.
As for ANU or their staff running to the media (or at least the equally Leftist Australian Broadcasting Corp.) with over-the-top tales of “Ooh, we’ve been threatened for our beliefs!“, that just looks like they fell from the top of the Stupid Tree and hit every branch on the way down.
Update: Dr. Chris Breivogel helpfully demonstrates academic nasty-notes for us (see comment 2) but at a very amateurish level compared with say, anti vaccine campaigners, greenie chemophobes, animal libbers etc., merely calling me a neo-con propagandizing POS [gasp!]. Sadly Chris also demonstrates the lack of English literacy so distressingly common in graduates of the last decade or two, confusing “your” and “you’re”. A good demonstration of “conviction science” in his comment too, given that he is an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences with an apparent fascination with Cannabis sativa. :End update
A CANBERRA university has increased security following death threats to its climate scientists, some of whom were moved to a safer location.
The Australian National University has received a large number of e-mails with threatening and abusive language directed at some of its scientists.
The Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Professor Ian Young, said staff should not have to put up with such behaviour.
“Obviously, climate research is an emotive issue at the present time, but these are issues where we should have a logical public debate,” Professor Young told ABC News 24.
“In fact, it’s completely intolerable that people be subjected to this sort of abuse and to threats like this.”
Professor Young said the threats had unsettled the scientists.
“Academics and scientists are actually really not equipped to be treated in this way,” he said.
“The concept that you would be threatened for your scientific views and work is something that is completely foreign to them.”
The Australian Federal Police said it had not been contacted by the university although it was aware that threats had been made. (AAP)