Antarctica

Antarctica
Saturday, April 18th 2009 - 13:10 UTC

Agreement on new limits for Antarctica tourism

Countries with ties to Antarctica have adopted US proposals to limit tourism in the region, in a bid to protect the fragile ecosystem of the continent.

Thursday, April 16th 2009 - 09:55 UTC

Climate change threatens Antarctica’s emperor penguins

Stéphanie Jenouvrier of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Polar bears, the poster children for Arctic climate change, are getting competition for the title of climate change casualty from the opposite side of the globe. Antarctica’s emperor penguins may face an equally dire fate. Like polar bears, these birds depend on sea ice for breeding and feeding habitat. Also like polar bears, emperor penguins seem unlikely to adapt to the rapid rate of sea ice extent change, according to a National Academy of Science study released by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research.

Tuesday, April 7th 2009 - 19:21 UTC

Antarctic fuel oil ban to impact on Falklands tourism

Downing worry about the ban impact

FALKLANDS, Argentine, and Chilean cruise ship tourism is likely to be negatively impacted as a result of a ban on the use and carriage of Heavy Gas Oil (HGO) in Antarctic waters by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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.

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