Climate Adaptation Flagship Update

Below is the email received a month ago from Dr Andrew Ash, Director of the Climate Adaptation Flagship, promising a formal response to issues raised about the Drought Exceptional Circumstances Report (DECR) concerning no apparent attempt at validation of the climate models for drought in the report, or evidence of skill at modeling drought. No reply has been forthcoming to date.

from xxx@csiro.au
to xxx@gmail.com
date Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 2:35 PM
subject RE: Drought Exceptional Circumstances Report
mailed-by csiro.au
signed-by csiro.au

Dear David,

Kevin is currently on leave (due back next week). When he returns we will provide a formal response to your review of the Drought Exceptional Circumstances Report that was forwarded to me (dated September 3).

Regards

Andrew

Andrew Ash
Director
CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship
306 Carmody Rd
St Lucia
Qld 4067
AUSTRALIA
Ph 61-7-32142346 Fax: 61-7-32142308

I must say that I’m surprised at the recklessness of Ash and Hennessy, both as individuals and as employees representing a presumably responsible organization, in making promises they don’t, won’t, or can’t keep.

0 thoughts on “Climate Adaptation Flagship Update

  1. David,

    I think that it seems clear that the problem for CSIRO is that you have caught them out in a very embarrassing way, and anything they say can only compound the situation. Nevertheless, they certainly should respond.

    Perhaps you should contact Dr Geoff Garrett, CEO and board member of CSIRO. I am sure that he must be concerned about the damage being done to CSIRO’s formerly stellar reputation by political advocates. Contact details are here: http://www.csiro.au/people/Geoff.Garrett.html

  2. David,

    I think that it seems clear that the problem for CSIRO is that you have caught them out in a very embarrassing way, and anything they say can only compound the situation. Nevertheless, they certainly should respond.

    Perhaps you should contact Dr Geoff Garrett, CEO and board member of CSIRO. I am sure that he must be concerned about the damage being done to CSIRO’s formerly stellar reputation by political advocates. Contact details are here: http://www.csiro.au/people/Geoff.Garrett.html

  3. Thanks for the update, David. I’m keen to see the CSIRO response, too. I don’t know about ‘reckless’. They don’t seem to be in any hurry to respond to the important questions you’ve raised about their analysis in the DEC report. Yet this is a pretty important question for a lot of agricultural producers. So their delay is certainly beginning to seem a bit ‘careless’.

  4. Thanks for the update, David. I’m keen to see the CSIRO response, too. I don’t know about ‘reckless’. They don’t seem to be in any hurry to respond to the important questions you’ve raised about their analysis in the DEC report. Yet this is a pretty important question for a lot of agricultural producers. So their delay is certainly beginning to seem a bit ‘careless’.

  5. There follows the “Disclaimer” on an email from the Flagship group headed by Dr Andrew Ash. What a friendly way for scientists to work for the common benefit.

    DISCLAIMER:

    This communication is for Discussion Purposes Only. It is not an agreement, memorandum of understanding, proposal, offer or the like, and is solely intended for informal discussion of ideas. For any agreement to be binding on CSIRO, it must be in writing, and executed on behalf of CSIRO by a person with proper authority, and in accordance with the Science and Industry Research Act 1949.

    To the extent permitted by law, CSIRO does not represent, warrant and/or guarantee that the integrity of this communication has been maintained or that the communication is free from errors, virus, interception or interference.

    The information contained in this email may be confidential or privileged. Any unauthorised use or disclosure is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please accept my apologies and delete it immediately and please notify me.

  6. There follows the “Disclaimer” on an email from the Flagship group headed by Dr Andrew Ash. What a friendly way for scientists to work for the common benefit.

    DISCLAIMER:

    This communication is for Discussion Purposes Only. It is not an agreement, memorandum of understanding, proposal, offer or the like, and is solely intended for informal discussion of ideas. For any agreement to be binding on CSIRO, it must be in writing, and executed on behalf of CSIRO by a person with proper authority, and in accordance with the Science and Industry Research Act 1949.

    To the extent permitted by law, CSIRO does not represent, warrant and/or guarantee that the integrity of this communication has been maintained or that the communication is free from errors, virus, interception or interference.

    The information contained in this email may be confidential or privileged. Any unauthorised use or disclosure is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please accept my apologies and delete it immediately and please notify me.

  7. Peter, Perhaps ‘statuesque’, (I’m working on my Sir Humphreyisms). ‘Reckless’ in the sense of honouring one’s word in a timely manner.

  8. Re: “honouring ones word in a timely manner” (Bernard would pick you up on the apostrophe)
    is context related.

    In politics it’s like a “non core promise”.

    On Aeroflot, it’s like a safe landing at the right airport.

    In Bali markets it’s like a “genuine Rolex” watch.

    In law, it’s an “alibi with no witness”

    In Life, it’s proceeding on the the expectation that “I’ll still respect you in the morning”

    and so on.

  9. Re: “honouring ones word in a timely manner” (Bernard would pick you up on the apostrophe)
    is context related.

    In politics it’s like a “non core promise”.

    On Aeroflot, it’s like a safe landing at the right airport.

    In Bali markets it’s like a “genuine Rolex” watch.

    In law, it’s an “alibi with no witness”

    In Life, it’s proceeding on the the expectation that “I’ll still respect you in the morning”

    and so on.

  10. Yes, or Rupert Murdoch’s promise to keep the editorial of the WSJ intact (how could you possibly have believed me when I said that?).

  11. It is now 26th November, and I gather no sign of the promised update from CSIRO. Perhaps Andrew Ash and Kevin Hennesy need a reminder of their commitment to give you a response.

  12. It is now 26th November, and I gather no sign of the promised update from CSIRO. Perhaps Andrew Ash and Kevin Hennesy need a reminder of their commitment to give you a response.

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