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Australia boosts climate science research in u-turn

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The newly elected Australian conservative government makes a clear break from the previous government – led by climate skeptic Prime Minister Tony Abott – after announcing more funding for climate science.

Severe cuts to the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) climate change division had been announced in February and have now in part been reversed. "It's a new government and we're laying out a direction that climate science matters," the new Science Minister Greg Hunt said on Australian radio. The government will provide 15 new climate science jobs plus research investments worth A$37 million over 10 years. However, scientists and advocates remained concerned about the future of CSIRO.

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This region of Oceania comprises Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea, and neighbouring islands in the Pacific Ocean. Its ecozone forms a distinct region with a common geologic and evolutionary history which has resulted in a set of unique types of animals and plants. Due to the reverse seasonality with the US and Europe, much food produce is exported to these countries in the winter from Australia and New Zealand. Except for the lush rainforest of Queensland and the east, much of the Australia is arid and unsuitable for arable agriculture. The country is considered highly vulnerable to climate change and associated impacts including droughts and wildfires.

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