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But the downgrade threat has outraged scientists and politicians who say it will seriously weaken Britain's scientific reputation and its ability to carry out climate research. "This is utterly foolish," said Tory MP Andrew Rosindell, chairman of the polar regions cross-party parliamentary group. "This will destabilise the work of polar scientists at a time when important climatic changes at the poles need to be investigated. My group will be calling on the government to stop this merger. This is an attempt to trash an important scientific organisation."
Jonathan Shanklin, one of the scientists who discovered the gap in the ozone layer in 1985, said: "The British Antarctic Survey is almost synonymous with the Antarctic ozone hole. Losing it would create a comparable hole in British science."
Most scientists remain scathing about the proposal, however. "This plan reveals the current government's apparent disregard for the broad benefits of an increased understanding of the Earth," said Bob Ward, of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change. "If the government wants to ensure the future prosperity and wellbeing of the UK, it needs to invest more, not less, in our world-class scientific organisations like the British Antarctic Survey."
"The deniers claim that it's some kind of hoax and that the global scientific community is lying to people," he said. "It's not a hoax, it's high school physics."