Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation.: End plans to do away with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
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Vince Cable MP

Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Skills and Innovation.: End plans to do away with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

    1. Tony Juniper
    2. Petition by

      Tony Juniper

      Cambridge, United Kingdom

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November 2012

Victory

This is a short note to let you know that the petition has been successful and the BAS will be kept as a separate organisation.

Many excellent points were made by signatories, and this has certainly contributed to the pressure that has led to proposals to merge BAS with another organisation being dropped.

Thanks to everyone for signing up, and to Change.org for hosting our petition.

More details can be found here: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=421684&c=1

The British Antarctic Survey is a world-leading research organisation with an unparalleled international reputation for polar science. Its research has over five decades led to many world-changing discoveries, including the ‘hole’ in the Earth’s protective ozone layer. Today its scientists are conducting vital work to try to understand the unique environments of the Arctic and Antarctic, particularly the very rapid climatic changes occurring at the poles. The merger would undermine the work of polar scientists and diminish Britain’s national presence in the polar regions.

The work of the British Antarctic Survey has never been more important, or more relevant to the UK. For example, teams of BAS scientists are presently looking into the risk of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsing, which on its own would lead to three metres of global sea level rise, affecting low lying areas across the world, including major cities such as London.

We believe that proposals from the Natural Environment Research Council (which reports to Vince Cable's department) to merge the British Antarctic Survey with the National Oceanography Centre
(http://www.nerc.ac.uk/about/consult/bas-noc-merger-consultation.pdf) would damage British Polar science at time of vital international need.

We believe the British Antarctic Survey should remain as a separate entity dedicated to polar scientific research, fully funded, with its headquarters kept in Cambridge within the world-leading research centre in which it is embedded.

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    • Mikhail Uspensky HELSINKI, FINLAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      The BAS is indeed a world-leading organisation

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    • Ifor Jones NANTWICH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      The standing of BAS globally is testament to their status in the polar scientific field. Given the increasing impact of climate change the timing of this proposed merger is at best bizarre and at worst, malicious.

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    • Dr Malcolm Bell LICHFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Britain is a country with along and proud reputation of good science and conservation work. I know many people who have served in BAS. It is not broken; it works, do not break it.

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    • Neil Archibald YORK, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Specific areas and specific problems needs sepcific expertise and specialisation if public money is to be spent most effectively.

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    • Roger Slade MALDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      Climate change is something that affects us all and, although a long term issue, transcends many of our other, immediate, major problems and issues.

      The British Antarctic Survey is a world leader in research in this area. I believe that the momentum and coverage of this work will be considerably reduced or lost if the proposed merger plans go through.

      Whilst accepting the current economic situation in the UK, this is in my view short sighted, in lacking a proper understanding of the sheer importance of ongoing climate change and in doing so also lacks political courage.

      Please end plans to do away with BAS.

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