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Montevideo, February 22nd 2017 - 12:54 UTC

Antarctica

  • Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 17:33 UTC

    A recent pause in Antarctic Peninsula warming

    BAS Dr Robert Mulvaney says: “meteorological observations from the Antarctic Peninsula research stations only cover the last 60 years or so”

    The rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula, which occurred from the early-1950s to the late 1990s, has paused. Stabilisation of the ozone hole along with natural climate variability were significant in bringing about the change. Together these influences have now caused the northern part of the peninsula to enter a temporary cooling phase.

  • Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 01:31 UTC

    Argentina and Brazil situations take a toll on Uruguay's 2015/16 cruise season

     The season which extended from November 2015 to April 2016, recorded 56 calls in the Punta del Este sea resort and 105 in Montevideo.

    The number of vessel calls dropped 6.4% and passengers landed 4.1%, during the last 2015/2016 cruise season compared to 2041/2015, according to the final report from Uruguay's Tourism ministry. The number of passenger and crew landed in Montevideo and Punta del Este reached 319.000 having spent an estimate 11.1 million dollars.

  • Friday, July 8th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

    Punta Arenas opens “Shackleton, 100 years” exhibition to honor the great explorer and Piloto Pardo

    Sir Ernest Shackleton organized the rescue expedition from Punta Arenas with help from the Chilean navy

    Alexandra Shackleton is in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile to open an exhibition dedicated to her grandfather, the great British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who became world famous for his resilience, courage and determination in rescuing his stranded crew from the frozen continent, and in which the Chilean navy played a crucial role.

  • Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 05:56 UTC

    Sub Antarctic volcano eruption ash threatens one of the world's largest penguin colonies

    Molting chinstrap penguins breed on the South Sandwich Islands. Credit: Pete Bucktrout, British Antarctic Survey

    A volcano erupting on a small island in the Sub Antarctic is depositing ash over one of the world's largest penguin colonies. Zavodovski Island is a small island in the South Sandwich archipelago and its volcano Mt Curry has been erupting since March 2016. The island is home to over one million chinstrap penguins -- the largest colony for this species in the world.

  • Saturday, July 2nd 2016 - 09:20 UTC

    Antarctic ozone hole is finally starting to heal according to study published in Science

    “This is a reminder that when the world gets together, we really can solve environmental problems,” said Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at MIT.

    Nearly thirty years after an international treaty banned the use of chlorofluorocarbons, the Antarctic ozone hole is finally starting to heal. By mid to late century, it should be fully recovered.

  • Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:40 UTC

    British Antarctic Territory marks Mid-Winter's Day

    British Antarctic Territory flag flying above Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 21st June

    The flag of the British Antarctic Territory was flying over the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Tuesday,. 21st June to mark mid point of Antarctic winter. 21st June is Mid-Winter’s Day in the British Antarctic Territory.

  • Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:40 UTC

    Argentine hopes dashed on Falklands, Antarctica: Continental Shelf Commission refused to consider three major claims

    The Commission is composed of 21 scientists and its Rules of Procedure forbid consideration of “unresolved land or maritime disputes”.

    In April 2009, Argentina submitted a formal claim to sovereignty over an exceptionally large continental shelf, across hundreds of miles of the sea-bed to the east and south of Argentina. This year, in March, newspapers around the world incorrectly reported the whole Argentine submission had been endorsed.

  • Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:34 UTC

    Delimitation of the Argentine continental shelf

    Comparison of the Argentine submission with the area approved by CLCS

    By Professor Peter Willetts, South Atlantic Council (*) - The Argentine Foreign Ministry announced on 28 March 2016 that it had gained international recognition of a claim to an exceptionally large continental shelf. But they were mistaken. Argentina had made a submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on 21 April 2009 to claim sovereignty rights over the resources of the sea-bed.

  • Thursday, June 2nd 2016 - 08:29 UTC

    Antarctic Treaty parties reaffirm commitment to ban on mining in the Antarctic

    ”Parties stand firm in their commitment that preserving the continent as a place of peace and science is more important than financial gain” said Claire Christian

    The 29 countries party to the Antarctic Treaty unanimously agreed on Wednesday to a resolution at the 39th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) stating their “firm commitment to retain and continue to implement…as a matter of highest priority” the ban on mining activities in the Antarctic, which is part of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (also called the Madrid Protocol).

  • Friday, May 13th 2016 - 16:44 UTC

    IAATO celebrates 25th anniversary with record number or participants; Bob Simpson reappointed

    “There was a great sense of unity and achievement in the room when the meeting closed”, said Bob Simpson, Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee.

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has concluded its 25th anniversary meeting in Newport, Rhode Island, USA with a record number of participating members. Sixty-nine members attended, agreeing on changes to membership structure and outcomes that strengthen the association’s ability to achieve its mission of promoting the practice of safe, environmentally responsible travel to the Antarctic.