The Reef is fine, the Forests are overgrown, and the River will keep flowing. Science, though is a disaster. What can we do?

Help figure out how to get science working again for the people and the environment, instead of the crisis industry and bureaucrats.

Join us at the AEF Webinar |  Tuesday Nov 24, 2020  |   07:30 PM East Coast DST time

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Peter Ridd, Jo Nova, Alan Moran.

Science has been turned in to a fundraising activity rather than a quest for the truth. Instead of helping the Reef, the Forests and the River, scientists use them as perpetual cash cows. They don’t have incentives to solve problems, only to highlight them. No one is paid to find that Nature is doing OK or that Solar cycles drive the climate. So billions of dollars may be thrown away on fashionable but irrelevant quests — money which could be put to much better use.

We’ll discuss how Australia’s three big environmental issues are stuck in scientific ruts and discuss what can be done to get science back on track. Would some kind of official watchdog help, or will any formal unit be captured by the some process that strangled peer review and scientific associations? Can incentives be changed to align scientists with a quest for truth and better predictions?

Peter Ridd will talk about the spectacular health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s one of the most pristine ecosystems on earth yet scientists have persuaded everyone that climate change and pollution from farms has almost killed it.  Corals appear to be growing faster than they were one hundred years ago. Bleaching has always happened, and corals always grow back.

Jo Nova will explain how our pyroclastic wildfires are made worse by Green land management practices, and these preventable disasters are then used as fearful marketing ploy to promote carbon reduction. The Black Summer Fires have almost nothing to do with climate change, and everything to do with megatons of fuel left untended and droughts which have always come and gone.

It took a half century to turn Australia’s largest river system from an arid zone to one that makes 40% of Australia’s entire farm output. About one third to half of all the water was going into irrigation, but as the inevitable cycle of droughts returned, people panicked about salinity and wildlife and worried about the health of the Fake Lake that had sprung up at the end of the Murray River. So the Government spent nearly $7 billion dollars to buy back a quarter of the irrigators water.

Australian Environment FoundationAEF-GWPF Webinar on QA Reforms in Environmental ScienceThe Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) and the UK Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) are jointly hosting this webinar. It will focus on how to reform the quality assurance (QA) systems and practices currently used in the environmental research that underpins environmental policy in Australia, with particular reference to the Great Barrier Reef, bushfire prevention and management, and the Murray-Darling Basin.

Tuesday Nov 24, 2020 07:30 PM East Coast DST time

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Dr Peter RiddDirector & Scientific Adviser @Australian Environment FoundationPeter Ridd is a geophysicist with over 100 publications in international journals and books to his name. He worked on the Great Barrier Reef for 35 years and invented and commercialised scientific instrumentation used in marine science, mining and agriculture. He is now most interested in Quality Assurance systems to improve the scientific evidence used for public policy and legislation.Jo NovaDirector @Australian Environment FoundationJo Nova is an award-winning blogger. She wrote “The Skeptics Handbook” and her blog gets more than half a million readers each year. She has appeared as a regular guest on Sky News and ABC radio. She once hosted a children’s television series, and managed a Science Circus. Jo Nova is a prize-winning graduate in genetic engineering, and formerly an associate lecturer in Science Communication at The Australian National University.Alan MoranDirector @Australian Environment FoundationAlan Moran is an economist and policy adviser on energy and environmental issues. He has authored books on the interplay of environmental issues and economics, chapters on Australian energy in five international compendia, and the energy chapter in the recently released “Keeping Australia Right”. His latest book is “Climate Change: Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era’” published by Connor Court.

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