A krill aquarium, climate research, and geopolitics: how Australia’s $800 million Antarctic funding will be spent

Thu, 10 Mar 2022 05:39:40 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"The federal government’s major package of new funding for Australia’s
Antarctic program, announced on Tuesday, promises an additional A$804.4 million
over the next decade.

The government has also released an update to its 2016 Australian Antarctic
Strategy and 20-Year Action Plan, which effectively confirmed the existing
strategy and outlined specific activities for the next five years.

The funds will allow Australia’s Antarctic scientists to continue undertaking
significant, world-class research. They also promise to bring new streams of
environmental data into the management of the fragile Antarctic environment.

But the announcement has also immediately been framed as a robust response to
supposed Chinese and Russian expansion in Antarctica."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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