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Invasive Species Put Antarctic Natives At Risk
2012-03-06 11:15:04

As temperatures warm along Antarctica´s outer fringes, it allows for invasive plants and organisms to be carried in inadvertently by visiting scientists and tourists, putting the pristine ecosystem at risk, researchers have found. An international team of researchers, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said they scoured the clothes and boots of those visiting the southernmost continent and found that most were carrying plant seeds. The risks from...

2009-04-18 11:42:01

Nations with ties to Antarctica have agreed to limit tourism, say scientists and diplomats working together to protect the fragile ecosystem. The restrictions would require member countries of the Antarctic Treaty to prevent ships with more than 500 passengers from landing in Antarctica and to allow a maximum of 100 passengers on shore at any given time, the BBC reported Saturday. The agreement was reached Friday at the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, where nearly 400...

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2005-06-16 07:09:36

STOCKHOLM -- The Antarctic's environment will be protected by new rules forcing polluters to clean up or pay up for any contamination after 45 nations reached agreement in Stockholm on Wednesday. Sweden, hosting a 45-nation Antarctic Treaty meeting, pushed for companies and organizations to be made liable if they cause an oil spill or other environmental disaster in the world's fifth-largest continent. "If you create an environmental emergency in the Antarctic you have to take action to...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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