An Emotive Issue

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Abby Zimet

Australia's already-charged debate over climate change has gotten so ugly that many of the country's leading climate scientists are being threatened with death and assault, leading them to move into safe houses, get unlisted numbers and otherwise fear for their lives. Things recently escalated with a new, entirely benign ad campaign featuring Cate Blanchett.

"It is clear that there is a campaign in terms of either organised or disorganised threats to discourage scientists from presenting the best available climate science on television or radio." - Prof. David Koroly of the University of Melbourne.

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