Latest Antarctic Treaty System Stories
Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities.
An international team of scientists have published the first continent-wide assessment of the Antarctic's biogeography, and propose that the landmass should be divided into 15 distinct conservation regions to protect the continent from invasive alien species.
A team of scientists in the United Kingdom and the United States has warned that the native fauna and unique ecology of the Southern Ocean, the vast body of water that surrounds the Antarctic continent, is under threat from human activity.
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
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will host the first joint session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and the Arctic Council next week.
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.
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