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2012-06-13 10:35:08

Proposal follows first continent-wide survey of Antarctic biogeography 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. The team's findings are published in Diversity and Distributions, while the authors' proposals were outlined today at a lecture to the Antarctic Treaty...

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2011-04-01 08:15:28

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. Their study is published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. "Although  Antarctica is still the most pristine environment on Earth, its marine ecosystems are being degraded through the introduction of...

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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2009-04-01 15:15:00

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. Slated to take place on April 6, the first-ever meeting is aimed at "bringing together the two most important bodies involved with diplomacy at the Poles," according to a statement from the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs. Nearly 400 diplomats, Antarctic program managers and logistics experts, and polar scientists from 47...

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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...