Policy | VOL. 12, ISSUE 70, January-February 2012

Antarctic Treaty System

There are few places on earth where there has never been war, where the environment is fully protected, and where scientific research has priority. The whole of the Antarctic - a land which the Antarctic Treaty parties call a natural reserve, is devoted to peace and science. The continent extends over 14 million km2 and is encircled by floating barriers of ice and stormy seas. Only 2 per cent of Antarctic is free of ice and it comprises of 26...

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