RSS President Peter Diggle has co-signed a letter to the Australian government (PDF) asking it to reconsider recently announced cuts to a climate monitoring programme.
The letter was written jointly with the American Statistical Association President Jessica Utts to the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Science Minister Christopher Pyne regarding proposed cuts to the climate measurement programme at Australia's national science organisation CSIRO.
Peter Diggle and Jessica Utts argue that the programme is 'pivotal to climate characterisation in the southern hemisphere'. They continue: 'For the environment specifically, monitoring data are essential to making informed and cost-effective decisions on mitigation and adaptation in the face of uncertainties due to climate change.'
They warn that the cuts will have 'long-term consequences to the ability to address and understand climate challenges'.
The RSS and ASA have added their voices to around 3,000 scientists from across the world who have already appealed to Australian leaders over the proposed cuts.