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'Deep Concern' as Deal to Protect Antarctic Seas Fails

Environment  (tags: environment, conservation, Antarctica, humans, politics, protection, ecosystems, nature, wildlife )

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Governments meeting in Australia have failed to reach agreement on new marine protected areas for the Antarctic ocean.

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Teresa W (782)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:29 am

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 3:23 am
Sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 5:18 am
Thanks for posting.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:17 am
Noted & posted

David C (129)
Monday November 5, 2012, 10:38 am
very sad.......

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday November 5, 2012, 11:04 am
Figures we can't agree on anything that helps. Only that everything is going to hell in a handbasket!

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:18 pm
Good article. Noted. The American government wants to protect the Antarctic even while speeding up plans to drill in the Arctic. The American people must demand so much more of their government than they do at present.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:29 pm
Thank you. for posting. It really makes me angry when I see people unable to come to an agreement on such an important issue - I mean to protect the Antarctic.

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:45 pm
Annoying news.

Gloria p (304)
Monday November 5, 2012, 12:59 pm
why don't they care?

Ruth C (87)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:10 pm
Really sad.

Thomas P (280)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:24 pm

Gene J (290)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:35 pm
"He praised the constructive contributions of a number of countries including the United States, Australia and the UK. But with consensus of all 25 members needed for progress, some countries refused to compromise on the proposals."

"At the end of the day it seems that countries like Russia, Ukraine and China couldn't really make it work - and we're hoping that at the next meeting they'll come with a stronger commitment to the conservation objectives of the commission."

Yeah, put it off to July 2013. I wonder how many "Sandys" it will take to convince these recalcitrants of the dire necessity for massive changes in environmental policy NOW. I am certain of one thing, between now and next July, there will be more. Hate to wish ill on anyone, but it wouldn't hurt things if the next couple "storms of the century" allowed Russia and China in on the party. The only thing that will convince them is the evidence of their own eyes, since science and evidence elsewhere has no effect on them. There'll be no "safe" place on the planet soon, the downside is there'll be no safe place on the planet. And, if science is right, if climatologists are right, and they certainly have been so far, it may well not matter what we do know, it is already too late to avoid what is coming. Sadly.

Ana Fontan (16)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:44 pm
Noted with dissapointment

Ann Breeden (65)
Monday November 5, 2012, 2:23 pm
It is the responsibility of all governments to protect Antarctica. Time to agree before its too late.

Christeen A (371)
Monday November 5, 2012, 2:34 pm
They need to work together on this before it's to late. Thank you.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday November 5, 2012, 3:34 pm
It is human greed wanting to exploit every natural resource on every square inch of planet earth!

greenplanet e (155)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:07 pm
The Ross Sea and Antarctic toothfish and other species need protection.

Unfortunately, the fisheries are already very profitable for some.

Hopefully there will be agreement to large MPAs next year.

Russia has already had severe droughts and heatwaves, and China has a lot of environmental problems -- hence China is buying up land elsewhere.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:27 pm
sadly noted, thanks !

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday November 5, 2012, 4:59 pm
Thanks, Cal. Wasn't there some horrible flooding in China recently where thousands of lives were lost? I don't know what effect it will have on these foreign leaders if their people protest, or even if protest is allowed there. But, hopefully, the citizens in these other nations will rise up and pressure them.

louise Woychesko (1)
Monday November 5, 2012, 5:08 pm
Take note Russia, Ukraine and China couldn't really make it work. Are they not the world's largest polluters?

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 8:55 pm
Ignorance of man has taken the reins from Mother Earth

Sandra M Z (114)
Monday November 5, 2012, 9:14 pm
Global cooperation, please....................

Noted, Thank you Cal.

Monday November 5, 2012, 9:25 pm
This is indeed very bad news, so much for global cooperation, but look at the countries countries who couldn't make it work why does this not surprise me. Thanks for posting Cal

Fran F (117)
Monday November 5, 2012, 11:07 pm
Very disturbing! The three uncooperative countries are reminding me of the Republican Party.

Jules W (61)
Monday November 5, 2012, 11:24 pm
Thanks Cal, bad new, but good to see your back, Noted.

Siti R (12)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 2:28 am
when power is concentrated in elite circles, consensus is hard to reach. it is the poor that gets the chop!

Diane B (275)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:26 am
very sad for all the animals and all life on earth, years ago people are warned for this but it did not help enough

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 12:53 pm
Sadly noted

Jane H (139)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 1:26 pm
Too bad, but maybe 2013 will bring good luck... I 'm hoping, any way.

greenplanet e (155)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 4:25 pm
It may not just be an issue of whether or not to have a sanctuary, but where the boundaries of an MPA should be.
An MPA that left the fisheries intact wouldn't be much use; the fisheries need to be closed and be part of the MPA.
Antarctic fish are very slow to grow and breed.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 5:36 pm
sad, sad
is the planet
carefully placed
all needs provided.
Greed destroys.

James Merit (144)
Tuesday November 6, 2012, 11:27 pm
Sad, scary news...

michael sullivan (1022)
Monday November 12, 2012, 5:20 pm
we need to have the penguins and whales get together and decide!
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