Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Shaky Grasp of Science; Clive Palmer Dismisses the IPCC Findings with a Homily

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Shaky Grasp of Science; Clive Palmer Dismisses the IPCC Findings with a Homily

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

CLIVE Palmer, who will attempt to reshape Australian politics today by winning control of the Senate through the Western Australian election rerun, has put himself at odds with the world's scientific community over his position on climate change.

Mr Palmer has dismissed the latest Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change report with a homily on the Irish ice age and has shown an at best shaky grasp of the science with his claim that carbon dioxide reduction should focus on the 97% produced by nature.

Speaking on the ABC's Lateline program Thursday night, Mr Palmer debated economist and carbon tax architect Ross Garnaut, claiming that efforts to reduce emissions were wrongly focused.

Speaking yesterday, a Sunshine Coast scientist who contributed to the IPCC report said the reluctance of politicians and governments to act on climate change would compound the cost for future generations.

Professor Tim Smith, director of the University of the Sunshine Coast's Sustainability Centre, said if action wasn't taken to curtail emissions the economic and social impacts of climate change would increase into the future.

He said there were complex interactions at play between biological, physical, social and economic levels.

Those long-term processes of change were incompatible in a policy sense with the short-term nature of political decision making. …

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