Australian Scientists Demand Apology From Business Leader For ‘slur’ On Their Profession

CREDIT: ABC It would seem the extreme fires , record-breaking heat , and ongoing drought are starting to affect behavior in Australia. First their new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, sparks a global response from the likes of Al Gore and U.N. Climate Chief Christiana Figueres to his off-base remarks about climate change having no impact on bushfires. Then a study finds that one-third of the articles in Australias major newspapers reject or cast doubt on climate science. And now a high-profile business leader in Australia has galvanized climate scientists, normally a non-confrontational bunch, to call publicly for an apology after accusing their profession of lacking integrity. David Murray, former head of Australias Commonwealth Bank from 1992 to 2005 and inaugural Chairman of the Australian Government Future Fund from 2006 to 2012, told ABC Lateline earlier this week that theres been a breakdown in integrity in the science of climate change and that the climate problem is severely overstated. According to Market Watch, since January 2008 Australias Commonwealth Bank has loaned AU$1,503 million to coal ports and liquefied natural gas plants along Australias Eastern seaboard, where major fossil fuel development is harming the Great Barrier Reef. The Australian Greens Party estimates that the Future Fund, meant for investment in the future of Australia, holds around AU$2.5 billion of its assets in fossil fuels, or around three percent of its portfolio. During the interview Murray was asked what it would take to convince him of the science of climate change. He responded When I see some evidence of integrity amongst the scientists themselves: I often look at systems and behaviors as a way of judging something, and in this case, to watch the accusations that fly between these people suggests theres been a breakdown in integrity in the science. The Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society was quick to respond to Murrays accusations about other people making too many accusations. In an open letter , AMOS described the remarks as a serious slur and called for Murray to withdraw the remarks. In 2011 Murray was reported as saying : [Carbon dioxide] has got nothing to do with pollution. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. It is colorless and odorless. It is a tiny proportion of greenhouse gases. There is no correlation between warming and carbon dioxide. September 2013 was easily Australias warmest September on record, at nearly five degrees Fahrenheit above average. It also marked Australias record for warmest 12-month period for the second consecutive month. Tags:

More women entering mortuary science profession

In Utah, there is only one mortuary school in the state, and its a part of Salt Lake Community College. They started the program two years ago, and Program Director David Hess said there were more women than men who graduated in their first class, and more women than men applying to the program. Female mortuary science graduates from Salt Lake Community College had a variety of reasons for entering the program. Laurie Thomas said, What really drew me in was the service that you provide to the families. Madison VanDenBerghe said it was more technical for her. Really the initial draw was the science, she said. Kristal Hyde adds, Just the thought of helping families. ShelLee Hansen states, Its most important for the grieving process I think to have that goodbye. Some may not see the natural fit of women working with the deceased and their family members, but Hess said women bring different strengths to the industry than men do. The skills they bring, the talents they bring to this profession fit right in with the caring, the service, and taking care of people, he said. Thomas agreed. We have the natural empathy, we know how to do makeup, and we just, I think, are more relatable, she said. For the past century, or even longer, mortuary science has been dominated by men, but if you look further into history, it used to be a womans job to work with the deceased. In ancient history, even where it was mostly a womans job to take care of the deceased, individuals in the family, and for whatever reason society phases in and out of these things, and I think were in that phase right now, VanDenBerghe said. Hess said about 65 percent of students enrolled in mortuary science programs nationally are women. In Utah, after students graduate, they are required pass state board exams and then put in 2,000 hours and do at least 50 embalmings during a licensed internship before getting a full-time position.

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