Lanai Vasek in The Australian reports:
In the latest incident, Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies executive director Anna-Maria Arabia received an email today saying she would be “strung-up by the neck” and killed for her promotion of mainstream climate science.
The threat was emailed to her this morning before a “Respect the Science” campaign at Parliament House in Canberra today.
At its annual gathering in Canberra today, the Federation of Australian Science and Technological Societies will tell politicians that the campaign being run against scientific evidence of man-made climate change ”is undermining the national building work of all scientists”…
“The valuable and credible work of all scientists is under attack as a result of a noisy misinformation campaign by climate denialists….” the federation’s chief executive officer, Anna-Maria Arabia, said.
So who is this Arabia, so concerned about sceptics undermining the “national building work” and so eager to smear them as “climate denialists”, of all things? …
And what’s her scientific expertise, that she can denounce sceptical scientists as a threat to all scientists everywhere?
Previous to her work in politics, she was an assistant director in the Department for Health and Ageing; a research officer in the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne; and a Project co-ordinator at the Embassy of Italy. Her academic background is in science, with a focus in pharmacology and neuroscience and was a doctoral candidate at Melbourne and Baker MRI.
Seems a bit thin.
Bolt goes on to compare Arabia’s scientific record with Richard Lindzen’s. But that’s not the appropriate comparison. If we want to compare her scientific expertise with that of someone commenting on climate change, the obvious comparison is with Andrew Bolt. And what’s Andrew Bolt’s expertise in science?
When Bolt returned he started his Arts degree at Adelaide University, taking subjects in philosophy, German, music, and politics. … Bolt didn’t persist with his tertiary studies. At the end of his first year he received a cadetship offer from The Age newspaper in Melbourne, almost 12 months after he had first applied.
That’s right — he dropped out after a year of Arts and has no expertise in science whatsoever.
As for Lindzen, if you compare him with other climate scientists, he ranks 136 on this list.