I hope readers will help draw attention to this stunning news in today’s Canberra Times:
Australia’s leading climate change scientists are being targeted by a vicious, unrelenting email campaign that has resulted in police investigations of death threats.
The Australian National University has confirmed it moved several high-profile climate scientists, economists and policy researchers into more secure buildings, following explicit threats to their personal safety….
More than 30 researchers across Australia ranging from ecologists and environmental policy experts to meteorologists and atmospheric physicists told The Canberra Times they are receiving a stream of abusive emails threatening violence, sexual assault, public smear campaigns and attacks on family members.
I hope you will also voice support in the comments section for the scientists and the important work they are doing to warn humanity of the gravest danger facing the planet. I have many readers and colleagues in Australia and we will make sure that as many of the scientists see these comments as possible.
UPDATE: See the featured comment below from Stephen Spencer, an Australian reader with insight into what’s happening down under.
Only in a very perverse world are such tireless, underpaid heroes the subject of relentless attacks to muzzle their vital message, as if they were the title character in Henrik Ibsen’s classic, An Enemy of the People. Sadly, such cyber bullying and threats of violence are not exclusive to Australia (see “UK Guardian slams Morano for cyber-bullying and for urging violence against climate scientists“).
Here is more from this important Australia news story: