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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.

Science, silence, stalemate – Antarctic Treaty meeting in India opens with warning of advancing mining tech

Science, silence, stalemate – Antarctic Treaty meeting in India opens with warning of advancing mining tech

Extracting mineral resources in the ice wilderness may be illegal and a tough physical task to boot. Yet, a top Indian scientist told 56 states — including Russia, thought to be ‘prospecting’ in the sensitive region — that he was worried about the ‘rapid’ growth of exploration methods, and how these might be used by ‘nations outside’ the Antarctic Treaty.

UK urged to lead ‘Antarctic coalition’ at India meeting amid Russia’s controversial oil ‘prospecting’ claims

UK urged to lead ‘Antarctic coalition’ at India meeting amid Russia’s controversial oil ‘prospecting’ claims

Following Daily Maverick’s investigations, Russia’s descriptions of vast potential Antarctic hydrocarbon reserves have sparked headlines in the UK, US and elsewhere. Antarctic Treaty states now face the urgent task of addressing Russia’s activities at this week’s critical annual summit, The Spectator said at the weekend.

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.

Monaco works for greater cooperation in polar sciences

Monaco works for greater cooperation in polar sciences

Last Thursday and Friday, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s Polar Symposium took place in the century-old Oceanographic Museum, between the Palais princier and the Mediterranean, bringing together scientists and experts, advocacy officers and directors of organizations, representatives of indigenous peoples and heads of state.

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