Thursday, July 12, 2012

No surprises there.

Speaking on Radio New Zealand last week, Steven Joyce, New Zealand's science and innovation minister, called scientists' concerns over data quality “juvenile”. He added that researchers should respect NIWA's ability to make its own staffing decisions.

This from an article in Nature reproting on the downsizing of staff and reduction in measurements at the Lauder atmospheric observatory in the South Island. A minsiter of science (sort of, the science part is fading into the background of the new super ministry that he's going to be in charge of) calling concerns regarding atmospheric measurments, voiced by people who spend their lives studying the atmosphere, "juvenile".  I would have hoped for at least a discussion of the rationale behind NIWA's decision, even a sound bite. Dismissing concerns as juvenile is ... depressing. Though not surprising.

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