Russia And China Block Plans For Antarctic Marine Reserves

Adelie penguins on an ice floe near the French station at Dumont d’Urville in East Antarctica

Plans to create two huge marine sanctuaries in Antarctica have failed for a third time, after Russia again headed nations which blocked the bids.

The meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Australia had sought to protect the Ross Sea and an area off East Antarctica from exploitation.

But delegates from 24 countries, plus the EU, failed to reach a consensus.

Environmental groups called it called it a “dark day” for the Antarctic.

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