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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Mikhail Uspensky
9 years ago
The BAS is indeed a world-leading organisation

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Lesley Jones
9 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
9 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
9 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
9 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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Mike Bowcock
9 years ago
At a time when climate change seems increasingly clear, monitoring the Antarctic is even more important. Merging the BAS will be detrimental to this.

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Katja Matthes
9 years ago
Excellent and very important research is conducated at BAS which must continue!

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Richard Parker
9 years ago
The moving of this research facility away form the scientific base in Cambridge with subsequent loss of cross fertilization with the other scientists in the Cambridge area would be to its detriment. Clearly there is a cross over of interests between oceanography and polar science, BUT the last time the uK appeared to loose interest in that region it was a forerunner of the Falklands war with the Argentinuan Goverment thinking we had lost interest in that region, as I assume this is not the case we should not send out such signals.

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Vega Brennan
9 years ago
Important stuff.

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Andrew Manning
9 years ago
BAS legacy must not be lost.