Australian Greens spokesperson, Senator Richard Di Natale, said today that news reports that pre-empt the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment were designed to downplay the seriousness of the issue and delay action on climate change.
“News stories claiming that climate scientists have expressed doubts about the seriousness of global warming are ludicrous given that the IPCC reports are essentially a summary of climate science published over preceding years,” said Senator Di Natale.
“The published science on the issue is crystal clear. Global warming is happening, it’s caused by humans and it’s getting worse.
“This tactic is straight out of the tobacco industry handbook where a small number of fringe scientists, handpicked “experts” and friendly journalists deliberately foster doubt and confusion in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence.
“By selectively publishing data before the release of the report and using misleading language such as ‘leaked report’ and ‘crisis meeting’ to create an air of conspiracy and cover-up their aim is to undermine the IPCC process and the science of climate change.
“The truth is we are in a climate change emergency and globally we have very little time left to reduce greenhouse pollution.
“Australia’s own Climate Commission has repeated this warning on numerous occasions in recent years and the imminent IPCC Reports will confirm it.”
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