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British scientific research in the Antarctic is one of our best strategic advantages in the region. We must defend it

By Klaus Dodds  


Anyone listening to the House of Lords debate last week on “Antarctica: Centenary of Scott Expedition” was in for an unexpected treat. Rather than offering up a succession of rousing assessments of Captain Scott’s exploits, it offered a tantalising insight into something that has caused considerable excitement: the proposed merger of British Antarctic Survey (BAS) with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). For the critics, not only was the merger evidence of the world-class BAS “brand”…

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