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The Fragility of Antarctica

 

by Claire Christian

The collapse of the Larsen C ice-shelf is a reminder that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are very fragile environments, with the land, waters and marine life increasingly impacted by the effects of climate change. There are differing views on the specific cause of the Larsen C ice-shelf collapse, but there is no doubt that greater protection for the Southern Ocean is needed. A network of marine protected areas (MPAs) is a scientifically proven mechanism to increase the resilience of ecosystems affected by climate change.…

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#Antarctica2020 – A Vision for The Future

2020 marks the bicentenary of the discovery of Antarctica. I can think of no better way to celebrate this occasion than by putting in place a system of MPAs in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. #Antartica2020 therefore represents a future for the Antarctic and Southern Ocean that keeps the icy continent a place of environmental protection, peace and science.…

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Go Further …

Decades of political, scientific and campaigning experience and expertise gathered in Paris at the Oceanographic Institute to explore Antarctica, Today and Tomorrow. In his opening video message, His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco, noted that securing agreement on the Ross Sea marine protected area has inspired us to use our experience, “to go further”.…

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France, Australia and the EU Can Lead in Protecting Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

In 2009, 24 countries and the European Union (EU) agreed to a bold plan to create a circumpolar network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica by 2012. As Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), they took the first step towards fulfilling that commitment by designating the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2016, which will come into force in December 2017.…

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After a winter trip to Antarctica, I want to protect it even more

By Ryan Dolan

Ryan Dolan is an officer with The Pew Charitable Trusts’ global penguin conservation campaign.

THREATS TO KRILL, PENGUINS, AND OTHER SPECIES SHOW THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

The coast of Antarctica is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of ever-shifting light and colors. In the twilight of the austral winter, for a few hours every day, the sea ice turns a fiery orange as shadow puppets trace the cracks across slow-moving waves.…

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International Conference: Antarctica Today and Tomorrow (in Paris on June 29th)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the distant land of Antarctica.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is hosting a one-day conference in Paris on June 29th to celebrate France’s leadership in the protection of Antarctica.

Antarctica Today and Tomorrow will address the environmental challenges facing Antarctica and the Southern Ocean and discuss the opportunity posed by the creation of an East Antarctic Marine Protected Area.…

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The Antarctic tourism industry needs to speak up

Antarctic tour operators have a significant stake in keeping the Antarctic environment pristine, but they’ll need to exercise some political muscle if they want a say in Antarctica’s future. As the only continent without citizens, Antarctica needs the tourist industry to speak up for marine protection. 

By Ricardo Roura

Antarctica’s abundant wildlife, clean seas, and unfettered horizons are what makes the Antarctic experience unique.…

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What happens when it starts snowing on the world’s driest continent?

Antarctic wildlife expert Dr. Rodolfo Werner is sailing the Southern Ocean with the world’s best photographers and filmmakers…. They are on a mission to inspire the world to protect the Antarctic Peninsula. In his latest dispatch, Rodolfo comprehends the full impact of climate change on Antarctica’s krill, penguins, and seals.

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Diary of my journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Together with some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and filmmakers, penguin expert Rodolfo Werner is on a mission to protect the vibrant waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. In this first dispatch from aboard the Hans Hansson, Rodolfo discovers the love of an elephant seal and walks in the footsteps of Antarctica’s intrepid explorers.…

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Share your love for Antarctica’s less popular creatures this Valentines

Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.

Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten.…

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