Providing expert scientific advice on the Antarctic environment [editorial]

Walton, David W.H. ORCID: 1994 Providing expert scientific advice on the Antarctic environment [editorial]. Antarctic Science, 6 (01). 1.

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It is hard to divorce most human activities, including science, completely from politics. Politics is about perceived certainty whilst science is about doubt – they make strange bedfellows. Politicians detest probabilities whilst scientists abhor the absolute. Nowhere is the relationship between politics and science more publicly developed than in the Antarctic Treaty System. In the only continent devoted to peace and science it might be supposed that, after more than thirty years, the role of science would be both more robust and more pivotal in decision-making than elsewhere in the world. So it appears at present but will it remain so?

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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0954-1020
Date made live: 09 Aug 2017 11:05 +0 (UTC)

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