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Science suppression rife in Australia, study finds

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Climate scientists say curbs on communicating their work are at distressing levels

The suppression of scientific research is at such high levels in Australia that environmental scientists are self-censoring and suffering psychological stress, according to research from the Ecological Society of Australia’s Academic Freedom Working Group.

In a paper published on 7 September in the journal Conservation Letters, researchers led by group chair Don Driscoll, director of Deakin University’s centre for integrative ecology, say that “substantial reforms are needed, including to codes of practice, and governance of environmental assessments and research, so that scientific advice can be reported openly, in a timely manner and free from interference”.

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