Prime Minister’s Chief Science Adviser and Climate Change

By | July 26, 2010

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In creating the position of Chief Science Adviser (CSA) in May 2009, the Prime Minister commented that “this role is one of vital importance that demands not only a high level of science expertise, but also the utmost integrity to fairly represent the state of science knowledge.”  There is no detailed job description, nor any body of precedent, to assist in defining the boundaries of the new position. However, it is clear enough that the role does not extend beyond “science” and that heavy reliance is placed upon the personal expertise of the incumbent.