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Manfred Reinke on Environmental Protection in the #Antarctic #OurPlanet

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Manfred Reinke Executive Secretary, Antarctic Treaty Changes occur faster in the polar regions than elsewhere, making them the most sensitive indicators of global change. They are also the last extended pristine areas on the planet with extremely sensitive and unique ecosystems. And they are the drivers of the global climate; since climate systems are strongly coupled, changes in these regions have a strong impact on living conditions worldwide. Environmental protection has been on the agenda of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting since the early sixties — soon after the birth of the treaty, one of the last century’s most successful international instruments focused on peace and international collaboration. Signed in Washington in December 1959 by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year ...

Full article: http://unep.org/OurPlanet/2011/sept/EN/article8.asp

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