Australia are free of any climate change

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A case of: if you don’t like the data, then we’ll just delete it.

Any mention of Australia in a recent UNESCO climate change report was taken out on request by the Australian government, according to The Guardian.

The major UN report, World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate published on Thursday, initially had a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef as well as smaller sections on Kakadu and the Tasmanian forests.

It said climate change combined with weather conditions meant the Reef is in the worst crisis in recorded history, and 93 percent of the reefs along the 2300km site have experienced bleaching due to warm water.

The Australian Department of Environment saw a draft of the report and objected, believing it would hurt tourism in the country. Every mention of Australia was then removed by UNESCO, The Guardian reports.

This meant Australia was the only inhabited continent to not be mentioned.

“Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary about the status of world heritage properties impacted on tourism,” a spokesperson for the environment department said.

Perhaps we should also remove all reporting about Australian crime, Australian terrorism and Australian politics.  I mean, why not?

Professor at the Australian National University and head of Australia’s Climate Council Will Steffen told The Guardian he compares the Australian government’s actions to the old Soviet Union.

“Perhaps in the old Soviet Union you would see this sort of thing happening, where governments would quash information because they didn’t like it. But not in western democracies. I haven’t seen it happen before.”

It’s ham fisted.  In the western world, we don’t actually have people delete the data, we just get them to change it and then come up with convoluted explanations about heat islands, and faulty equipment and other rubbish.

You can always get the result you want.   And in Australia’s case, they have no climate change whatsoever.

 

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