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Supersized ozone hole avoided

Peter Griffin posted in on May 29th, 2015.

The Montreal Protocol has prevented a supersized Antarctic ozone hole and a ‘full blown’ Arctic ozone hole, a new study has revealed. Scientists have modelled what the ozone layer would have looked like if ozone-damaging chemicals, known as chloroflurocarbons (CFCs), had not been banned by the 1989 Montreal Protocol. The research, published in Nature Communications this week, has predicted that […]

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Kiwi scientists embark on a whale of a mission

Laura Goodall posted in on January 28th, 2015.

New Zealand and Australian scientists are about to hunt some of the biggest predators in the icy Southern Ocean – humpback and blue whales. The NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) vessel Tangaroa leaves Wellington on Thursday 29 January for Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica. This is the starting point of a six-week research initiative […]

Antarctic marine reserve bid fails – expert responds

John Kerr posted in on November 1st, 2013.

Efforts to reach an international agreement establishing a Marine Protected Area in Antarctica’s Ross Sea have failed for the third time in a row. The proposal to create Marine Protected Area (MPA) was a key focus of the annual meeting of the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) taking place in […]

Antarctic Alliance group seeks marine reserves

John Kerr posted in on February 29th, 2012.

An alliance of major conservation and environmental groups is calling for the establishment of a series of marine reserves around Antarctica, with a particular focus on the Ross Sea. In a report released this week, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance identified 19 areas that should be included within a Southern Ocean network of Marine Protected Areas […]

‘Last Ocean’ concerns canvassed at conservation think tank

Peter Griffin posted in on December 5th, 2011.

Some of the 250 international scientists gathered in Auckland for a world conference on conservation biology, have just spent three days  at sessions of a marine conservation think tank, where the questions they tackled included proposals for protecting biodiversity in the so-called “last ocean”,  New Zealand’s  Ross Sea. “There’s a marine protected area (MPA) proposed […]

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