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Advocates report death threats

DEATH threats emailed to Australian climate-change advocates in Copenhagen have been forwarded to police.Members of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, which includes high school students worried about climate change, have been threatened with torture and lynching when they return from the summit, apparently for calling for deeper greenhouse gas emissions cuts.It comes as the FBI investigates death threats made to two British climate scientists whose correspondence was stolen from the archives of the University of East Anglia.Australian climate scientists have also told the Herald they have received intimidating emails and letters in recent weeks.One email sent to Anna Rose, the co-director of the youth climate group, threatened graphic violence and ended with ”you won’t be going home”.”We hope that these aren’t serious threats but it did shake us,” Ms Rose said.”The scariest part of us getting this threat is that it’s not isolated. Speaking to others across the globe working on climate change – scientists, advocates and journalists – it seems these kinds of threats have intensified in the last few weeks.”Another letter from an Australian email account, sent to Ms Rose’s co-director, Amanda McKenzie, referred to killing and torturing children and said Ms McKenzie would ”burn in hell”. That letter also referred to the stolen email scandal at East Anglia University.Ms Rose and Ms McKenzie, jointly named Young Environmentalist of the Year this year by the Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, are in Copenhagen leading a group of about 40 young Australians and Pacific islanders.The emails have been forwarded to the Australian Federal Police and state police.Andy Pitman, a climate researcher at the University of NSW, who is also a lead author with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said he had also received threats via email, including ominous messages referring to where he lives.”I’ve got no evidence to suggest this is an orchestrated campaign,” Professor Pitman said.”I think there are two groups of people – the sceptics group which truly believes we are wrong about the science and they’re very upset about it, and then there’s a separate branch which can be abusive.”Professor David Karoly, of Melbourne University, a leading climate scientist and IPCC author, has also received intimidating messages. Professor Karoly has recently been the subject of a formal complaint of academic misconduct for saying there is no credible peer-reviewed research that overturns the theory of human-induced climate change.
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