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Press chosen to draw Antarctic science blueprint

Australia’s environment minister, Greg Hunt, has appointed Tasmanian climate scientist Tony Press to develop a 20-year plan for Antarctic research.

Research Australia understands that the appointment is being seen by scientists as a rebuke to British climate change sceptic Christopher Monkton, who accused Press of “professional misconduct and scientific fraud” earlier this year.

Press is chief executive of the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Monkton lodged an official complaint with UTAS vice-chancellor Peter Rathjean in February, demanding a misconduct investigation and calling for Press to be dismissed. His complaint was in relation to comments made by Press to the Sunday Tasmanian newspaper regarding climate change.

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