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Customs House Library, Circular Quay, Sydney – panel on “Antarctica Under Threat?”

August 2, 2012

I will be chairing a debate at Sydney’s Customs House Library: Antarctica Under Threat? on Thursday 9th August, 6-7pm.

To celebrate National Science Week’s theme of imagining, our panel of experts will be asked to imagine Antarctica under threat. Antarctica has no native population, no national government, no defence or police force. It is managed by the co-operation and goodwill of The Antarctic Treaty signatories, which includes Australia. What if a country chose to ignore the Treaty and exploit Antarctica? Would Australia ever enforce claims to Antarctic territory? What might happen to global sea levels if Antarctica’s glaciers and ice sheets melted rapidly? There has never been a murder in Antarctica and without a judicial system, how could the perpetrator be brought to justice?

Featuring Joan Russell, one of the first female station leaders with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Luke Saffigna who has been to Antarctica over 30 times, Thomas Maggs, retired GM of Policy for the AAD, and facilitated by environmental thriller author, L.A. Larkin, whose next book, Thirst, is set in Antarctica.

A free event, wine and nibbles. Bookings are essential. For details, go to:

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