Argentina's Antarctic 2007/08 season had a modest launching on this occasion with two vintage patrol vessels replacing icebreaker Almirante Irizar which suffered a major fire accident last April and is still undergoing repairs.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Antarctica on Friday to see firsthand the impact of climate change and the melting of glaciers.
Chile's Institute of Antarctica (INACH) has proposed a US$4 million microorganism research project for the increasingly disputed Antarctica. If funding is approved, Chilean scientists can look forward to spending the next four years on the icy continent.
The logistics of the coming Argentine Antarctic 2007/08 season has been contracted to Russian companies that will be providing an icebreaker and an air bridge for the most Southern of Argentine polar stations, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.
Chile and Argentina's Foreign Affairs ministers, Alejandro Foxley and Jorge Taiana will be meeting in Santiago to coordinate a common position on Antarctica following on Britain's announced intention of claiming continental shelf rights off Antarctica.
Continuing his efforts to spotlight the issue of climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Latin America, Antarctica and Europe next week where in addition to making diplomatic contacts, he will see first-hand deforestation and other environmental problems caused by the phenomenon.
Russia is decisively opposed to any splitting of Antarctica based on unilateral territorial claims, although was cautious about UK's seabed claims in that region, announced a release from the Russian Foreign Ministry.
With spring in the South Atlantic, British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ships and aircraft have returned to the Falkland Islands in preparation for the 2007/08 Antarctic season.
Chile's Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee has summoned for next Tuesday the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defence to consider the international statute of Antarctica. The meeting follows on the United Kingdom's recent announcement that it's considering claiming continental shelf rights off Antarctica
Magallanes Region government, in the extreme south of Chile announced plans this week to reopen the Arturo Prat Antarctic base on Greenwich Island in Chile's Antarctic territory. The announcement follows a proposed application to the U.N. by the United Kingdom for the consolidation of contested maritime territories off the Antarctic coast