ECJ ruling may complicate EU proposals on marine protection

A judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), issued in November 2018, may have implications for proposals for the creation of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Antarctica which were presented to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic…

Worrying news: East Antarctic ice sheet is melting

For a long time, it was thought that the East Antarctic ice sheet was stable, unlike the west of the continent. But now scientists have found signs of significant melting with potentially serious consequences for rising sea levels. Read more…

Scientists discover hotspot at the South Pole

New research with ice-penetrating radar has revealed hot rocks under the Antarctic ice sheet at the South Pole. The heat is causing the bottom of the ice to melt. It's a relatively small effect, but a big surprise for the scientists! And…
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Manifestation Climat à Bruxelles ce 2/12/2018

Grand succès pour cette manifestation, à laquelle je participais sous la bannière "Uccle en transition". Une mobilisation toutes générations confondues, de 7 à 77 ans, voire plus. Toutes langues confondues également, puisqu'on entendait…

A powerful call to reform the Antarctic Treaty

Will Antarctica remain a haven for biodiversity and science or will other interests - commercial and political - win out? Is it properly protected by the current Antarctic Treaty and its governance? This editorial from the scientific journal,…

Into the abyss: entretien exclusif avec Claude De Broyer

Claude De Broyer est un grand spécialiste de la biodiversité marine en Antarctique. A travers cette interview, il nous emmène jusque dans les profondeurs de l’océan austral, à la découverte d’une vie fascinante et encore très…

Belgica 120, participez à l'aventure!

Un voilier transportant des scientifiques en Antarctique pour étudier, là où les navires ne peuvent se frayer un chemin, la biodiversité - encore trop peu connue - au sein de l'océan Austral. Voilà le beau projet qui se met en place……

International community again fails to agree on Marine Protected Area

The recent meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) ended on 2nd November 2018 with no agreement on the creation of a new Marine Protected Area (MPA) in East Antarctica. This is the seventh…

Could old bones influence the future of Antarctica?

The bones of a woman from Chile discovered in Antarctica date back to the 19th century according to a recent BBC article. And this could have an impact on the continent's future when the Antarctica Treaty comes up for renewal in 2048. Read …
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Stunning new high-res map of Antarctica

A team from the University of Minnesota has recently published a stunning new map of Antarctica: the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. The map shows the continent's features in extraordinary detail and will be a powerful tool for scientists…