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Media Release
Senator the Hon Ian Macdonald
Parliamentary Secretary to the
Minister for the Environment


16 August 1997

Vital research into global warming and climate change has figured prominently in the list of Antarctic Research grants announced today by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Senator Ian Macdonald.

Global climate change is a key area of investigation in research projects which have received a total of $551,000 in Commonwealth funding (a complete listing of individual grants is available upon request).

Senator Macdonald says the sixty Federal grants, awarded under the Antarctic Science Advisory Committee (ASAC) Grants Scheme, will benefit scientists from 20 Australian Universities and research institutions.

"These grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis to projects of high scientific merit that meet the Government's goal for its Antarctic research program.

"The Antarctic research program has an impressive international reputation, and the ASAC Grants Scheme is an important vehicle through which the Government can contribute to the maintenance of the Australian Antarctic Science program.

"Australia is dedicated to protecting the Antarctic environment and, through the Antarctic Treaty system, has been a driving force in negotiating for the icy-continent the most rigorous environmental protection measures on Earth.

"Australia's continuing influence within the Antarctic Treaty system and our success in spearheading environmental management for Antarctica depends largely upon the quality of our research programs and on our sound scientific knowledge of the region.

"The research grants for 1997-98 will help increase our understanding of the influence this magnificent continent has on the world's climate and environmental systems".

Senator Macdonald says the global change and environmental programs to be supported include:

Friday, 16 August, 1997.

For more information contact Brad Robinson on (077) 713 066 or 0418 673 600.

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