Antarctica

Antarctica
Tuesday, April 7th 2009 - 12:00 UTC

US calls for strict regulation on Antarctic tourism

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Monday for tighter regulation of Antarctic tourism as delegates from 47 countries began a review conference of the now 50-year-old Antarctic Treaty.

Monday, April 6th 2009 - 14:41 UTC

Antartic: Wilkins Ice Bridge Breaks

An ice bridge which held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place shattered at the weekend and could herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist has warned. “It's amazing how the ice has ruptured. Two days ago it was intact,” said David Vaughan, a glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey.

Monday, March 30th 2009 - 11:12 UTC

“Galtieri didn’t realize we were loosing the war” reveals former Malvinas governor

General Galtieri (L) and Menendez during the conflict

Retired general and former governor of Islas Malvinas, Mario Benjamín Menendez blamed Argentine Dictator Leopoldo Galtier for the South Atlantic conflict defeat to the British 27 years ago and stated that the former de facto president “didn’t realize we were being defeated”.

Friday, March 27th 2009 - 06:43 UTC

Voracious crustaceans terminate Antarctic waters fertilization experiment

German flagged RV Polarstern

A controversial geo-engineering experiment that Greenpeace campaigned against has concluded, and researchers say their findings deal a major blow to the geo-engineering technique known as ocean fertilization.

Friday, March 27th 2009 - 04:37 UTC

UK sponsors “Strategic Vision for Antarctic Tourism” on Treaty 50th anniversary

Foreign Office Minister Gillian Merron with a field tent during an event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the British Antarctic Treaty

Britain reaffirmed its commitment to preserve Antarctica for peaceful, scientific purposes and anticipated it would be presenting a “Strategic Vision for Antarctic Tourism” to help with conservation of its unique beauty.

Thursday, March 19th 2009 - 16:40 UTC

Antarctic ice cap melting much faster than predicted

Two more scientific studies show a large part of the Antarctic ice cap melting at a much faster rate than previously predicted.

Saturday, March 7th 2009 - 07:27 UTC

Argentine/Chilean congressmen condemn UK’s Antarctic expansion claims

Congress members from Argentina and Chile at  Frei Chilean Antarctic base

Congress members from Argentina and Chile signed a statement supporting the full enforcement of the Antarctic Treaty and reiterated their common position against the United Kingdom’s announced intention of extending claims over the continental shelf.

Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Survey of massive mountain range below Antarctic ice

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli

A massive yet enigmatic mountain range as big as the Alps lying deep beneath Antarctica's ice has been surveyed in detail for the first time. The expedition, one of the most ambitious and challenging during International Polar Year, has captured the first clear picture of the mysterious Gamburtsev sub-glacial mountains.

Wednesday, February 25th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Success of Polar Year confirms worst climate change fears

Scientists and policymakers marked the official end of the International Polar Year (IPY) Wednesday at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva. The 60-country, 1.2 billion US dollars effort has seen knowledge about the poles - and their influence on the rest of the planet - increase hugely.

Monday, February 23rd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Argentina plans to boost its Antarctic operations

Argentina is expected to announce Monday a boost in resources and staff to its presence in Antarctica, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press. The event coincides with the 105th anniversary of Argentina's first landing in Antarctica and which in the local calendar is identified at the Argentina Antarctica Day.

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