THE annual International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) conference was held in Punta Del Este, Uruguay this year.
Unity, a more agile membership structure and the fact that for the first time all Antarctic ship operators belong to IAATO are some of the outstanding results of the latest general assembly of the organization which this time was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
A US federal judge has ordered the Interior Department to decide by May 15 whether polar bears should be listed as a threatened species because of global warming. The decision was hailed by conservation groups which have been hounding the US government on the issue for years.
Japan blamed the failure of its whaling fleet to net little more than half its target catch this year to relentless interference from environmentalists and described the situation as regrettable.
An earthquake magnitude 7.1 struck Saturday in the vicinity of Macquarie Island, which lies about halfway between Australia and Antarctica and 2.000 kilometers south from the New Zealand capital Wellington, said the US Geological Survey.
A chunk of ice the size of the Isle of Man and bigger that the US state of Connecticut has started to break away from Antarctica in what scientists say is further evidence of a warming climate.
Emo rock band Fall Out Boy are set to break a world record next week by playing a concert in Antarctica. The US band will travel to Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile and then on March 25th to President Frei base in King George Island.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet officially re-opened on Wednesday the Arturo Prat base in Antarctica which was the first to be established by the Chilean Navy in 1947 but was later closed in 2004.
A Russian first deputy prime minister said this week that Russia has no territorial claims to Antarctica, and will strictly abide by an international convention on the continent, reports Novosti agency.
Magallanes Region in the extreme south of Chile will co-sponsor the reopening of a base in the Antarctic continent which was inaugurated in 1947 but closed down in 2006, allegedly for budget reasons.