Tag: Antartica

Antartica
Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Polar Code does not adequately protect Antarctic environment from shipping, says ASOC

ASOC believes that an effective Polar Code should require vessels sailing in Antarctic waters to completely stop discharging raw sewage.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition voiced its disappointment over the lack of any significant new provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from shipping. The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday adopted Part II of the Polar Code concerning pollution prevention.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 05:45 UTC

Antarctica Blood Falls could be connected to subsurface lakes system

“I’ve been studying Blood Falls for quite some time, and it’s always been a mystery,” said lead study author Jill Mikucki of the University of Tennessee.

The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most extreme desert regions on the planet. But new research indicates that the region may actually be full of salty, extremely cold groundwater. The water may even connect surrounding lakes into a massive network, and it probably hosts extreme microbial life.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Number of tourists visiting Antarctica was down, according to IAATO

The total number of visitors traveling to Antarctica with IAATO members was 36,702, a decrease of 2 percent compared to the previous season.

The number of adventurous tourists visiting Antarctica dipped in the 2014-15 austral season but is expected to bounce back this year, according to visitor totals released by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

Wednesday, March 11th 2015 - 05:48 UTC

“Our Lady of Malvinas” arrives in Antarctica; she will be enshrined in Ushuaia on 2 April

“The idea of the initiative is to unite in the spirituality and in the Malvinas claim, all of the Argentine people” said war veteran Carlos Bonetti

The replica of an image at the Argentine Darwin cemetery and which was blessed by Pope Francis arrived this week to Argentina's Antarctica base Marambio, the last leg of its passage to Tierra del Fuego and austral islands, “where it will enshrined on 2 April, on a new anniversary of the Malvinas war”, according to the country's official news agency Telam.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Largest glacier in East Antarctica melting fast because of warm ocean water

The 120-kilometre long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents

The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:20 UTC

Colombia launches first Antarctic research expedition with Chilean training

ARC 20 de Julio which carries a helicopter will spend three months in Antarctica on scientific research tasks

Colombia's first Antarctica expedition is expected to call in Punta Arenas on Wednesday before crossing to the peninsula to begin a three-month scientific hydrographic and climate research with twenty researchers on board committed to ten projects.

Monday, December 22nd 2014 - 22:28 UTC

Travellers advised to check before flying a drone in Antarctica

Flying drones in Antarctica raises evironmental concern

IAATO warns security measures essential for this relatively new activity. Tour operators may have to ban the use of unmanned vehicles out of environmental concerns

Tuesday, December 9th 2014 - 07:18 UTC

Chile plans to build a new icebreaker and has earmarked an initial 150 million

Chile's current icebreaker “Almirante Oscar Viel” is coming to the end of its service life. Built in 1969 it belonged to the Canadian Navy

Chile is planning a strong expansion of its Antarctic and maritime support vessels as well as a major repair yard, according to a recent pledge by President Michelle Bachelet during the opening of the Exponaval and Trans-Port exhibitions in Valparaiso and Viña del Mar.

Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:22 UTC

Creation of Antarctica marine protected areas blocked by China and Russia

“Appalling attitude” from China and Russia ignoring majority of CCAMLR, said Mark Epstein, from Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

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