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Minister for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, Announces the Establishment of an Independent Climate Commission

Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 11, 2011

Minister for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, Announces the Establishment of an Independent Climate Commission

Minister for Climate Change & Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, Announces the Establishment of an Independent Climate Commission

The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, today announced the establishment of an independent Climate Commission, appointing the leading science communicator, Professor Tim Flannery, as Chief Commissioner.

Mr Combet said the Climate Commission would provide expert advice and information on climate change to the Australian community.

“The Climate Commission has been established by the Gillard Government to provide an authoritative, independent source of information for all Australians,” he said.  “It will provide expert advice on climate change science and impacts, and international action. It will help build the consensus required to move to a clean energy future.”

The Climate Commission would have a public outreach role, he said, to help build greater understanding and consensus about reducing Australia’s carbon pollution.

“The Commissioners are eminent Australians who are leaders in their fields and I’m pleased one of Australia’s leading science communicators, Professor Tim Flannery, a former Australian of the Year, has accepted the role of Chief Commissioner,” Mr Combet said.

“The Climate Commission will fulfil a key information and education role, enabling the Australian community to have a more informed conversation about climate change. I am delighted to lead this new Commission,” said Professor Tim Flannery.

Other members of the Climate Commission are Professor Will Steffen, Professor Lesley Hughes, Dr Susannah Eliott, Mr Gerry Hueston and Mr Roger Beale. The Commissioners have expertise in a range of areas including climate change science, science communications, business, public policy and economics.

The Climate Commission will be supported by a Science Advisory Panel, with leading scientists offering further expert advice on the science of climate change and its impacts.

The Climate Commission was an election commitment announced in July 2010. The Government has set funding for four years at $5.6 million.

The Commissioners’ biographies and Terms of Reference are below. For more information about the Climate Commission visit www.climatechange.gov.au


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