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Government shouldn’t turn a blind eye to West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse

Media Release
Peter Whish-Wilson 26 May 2014

Today in the Environment and Communications Senate Estimates hearing, the Greens Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson questioned the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) about the latest research into the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “Today the AAD elaborated on the concerns about the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet due to climate change.

“Recently published research is suggesting that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is facing irreversible collapse. The AAD today reiterated those concerns.

“The AAD also highlighted that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is vulnerable to similar losses and that any changes in either Ice Sheet would have significant impacts on sea level rise.

“These are not minor environmental changes we are seeing occur because of climate change.  These are potentially catastrophic and would completely change the face of the planet.

“The AAD said that a brief on the Antarctic ice shield instability was sent to Minister Greg Hunt’s office just yesterday. He should make this brief public for us all to see.

“The Liberal government doesn’t just need to fund more Antarctic research; it also needs to listen to the scientists.


“How can a government receive advice that there is a global climate change catastrophe underway and at the same time gut the clean energy programs and not offer a credible replacement for them?” Senator Whish-Wilson concluded.

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