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Getting to the heart of the Antarctic negotiations

Getting to the heart of the Antarctic negotiations

The 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting has come to a close in Kochi, India. Negotiations focused, among other things, on the regulation of scientific and tourist activities, at a time of new questions raised by the emergence of the avian flu epidemic. The press and media were not allowed to attend, a fact that has been criticised on several occasions. We felt it was important to understand why these annual meetings maintain this limited degree of transparency.

Behind the Ice Curtain: Antarctic Treaty talks conceal looming bird flu catastrophe

Behind the Ice Curtain: Antarctic Treaty talks conceal looming bird flu catastrophe

Cash-strapped scientists in Antarctica face ‘unimaginable’ challenges — from sampling a lethal virus on floating ice to fighting a ‘climate’ threat that could kill millions of wildlife, and even humans. Despite calls for global assistance, 29 states meeting in India next month remain entrenched in Cold War-era secrecy.

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