Last night the scientific credibility of the world’s major climate monitor was questioned by a Randwick Liberal Councillor after the Greens used a UN media quote relating the NSW bush fires to climate change.
The quote came from Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to the media network CNN. She had said;
“The World Meteorological Organisation has not established the direct link between this wildfire and climate change yet, but what is absolutely clear is that the science is telling us there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe and Australia” .
Greens Councillor Murray Matson repeated the quote and then went onto refer to the scientific reports of the International Panel on Climate Change. This motivated Liberal Councillor Harry Stavrinos to respond with the assertion that there was no scientific consensus human caused climate change was occurring.
Councillor Matson disagreed by replying that the vast body of the scientific community was actually in agreement that climate change is real and is caused by human activity.
Councillor Stavrinos argument was not bolstered by fellow Liberal Kiel Smith who declared that he also believed that climate change was real.
But today Councillor Stavrinos did gain a sort of ratification for his comments after Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated that the UN executive secretary “was speaking through her hat”.
Councillor Matson has responded to the PM’s comment by stating that he himself will stick with the opinion expressed by Ms Figueres. He said today,
“Most scientists argue that we need to respond to the current climate change by recognizing that it is caused by humans. The Prime Minister of Australia can no longer swat this reality away. The rhetoric of the election campaign is over and Tony Abbott must now lead the country by producing an effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions and our local Liberals should be calling on him to do so.”