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Joint Media release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders
Mark Baker MP
Federal Member for Braddon

11 April 2006

Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Greenhouse Gas Monitoring

The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and Mark Baker MP, Federal Member for Braddon today congratulated the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station on thirty years of operation and leading edge research.

"The Cape Grim station, managed by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology with a research partnership with CSIRO, contributes to world leading research into greenhouse gas trends and impacts," Mr Hunt said.

"This thirty year anniversary celebrates one of the major success stories of Australian environmental science."

"The Cape Grim program has long been recognised by the world community as the premier station in the Southern Hemisphere for greenhouse gas monitoring and has the longest record in the world of many of the ozone depleting gases."

"I congratulate all of the scientists who have been a part of Cape Grim over the last three decades and I also congratulate Mark Baker MP for his ongoing commitment to the Cape Grim station and support for Australian environmental research."

Mr Baker said the Cape Grim station continuously works with international agencies to contribute to a global climate change response.

"The Cape Grim program is Australia's contribution to the United Nations Environment Programme," he said.

"Cape Grim also represents Australia in the Global Atmosphere Watch Programme of the World Meteorological Organization which focuses on the effects of atmospheric composition on climate, the long-range atmospheric transmission and the deposition of potentially harmful substances, and the biogeochemical cycles and human impact on these cycles."

"Today's celebrations will be attended by scientists from the other 23 Global Atmosphere Watch stations including China, Indonesia, Malaysia and South Africa."

"It is a testament to the past and continuing global importance of the Cape Grim program that many of the international science community have travelled here today to witness this historic occasion."

Media Contact:
Kristy McSweeney (Mr Hunt's Office) 0415 740 722
Anthony Haneveer (Office of Mr Baker) 0400 586 548

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