Australia guts government climate research | Ars Technica
Why Big Data—or any good data—is needed, and why efforts to curtail its acquisition and thus usefulness for obvious reasons (money) are not so much simply idiotic as thievish. Lacking good data, one is left to guesswork—and that’s costly. And it’s the regular taxpayer who pays the cost of blindness. Data saves.
“Without the next generation of climate modeling capability,” he wrote, “we will lack the tools to provide detailed information about threats like drought. Australia will spend billions of dollars on things like dams or desalination plants, but rather than relying on strategic information, these billion-dollar decisions will be based on guesswork.”