Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Giving up on Antarctica? New York Times Editorial

New York Times Editorial: The idea of creating extensive marine reserves in the Southern Ocean, around Antarctica, seems like a no-brainer. Recent opposition to the MPA proposal in the Ross Sea now sees the original staunchest supporters - USA and New Zealand - do exactly the wrong thing...scale back. Simple greed and a desire to exploit the Antarctic wilderness and keep future exploitation options open from one or two other countries goes against the trust people have put in Governments to do the right thing in this most fragile of world environments. Future generations will give us no thanks for failing to uphold the highest standards for environmental protection and management. It is not like we exactly have loads of MPAs around Antarctica right now - getting the first one right would show exemplary leadership. Read the New York Times Editorial here