Sunday, May 18, 2008

Call for Shipping to Limit Harm to Antarctica

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has asked nations to submit plans to limit the environmental impact on shipping in Antarctica's waters. Environmentalists have been concerned about the damage to the waters by the increased passage of ships, citing last year's sinking of the M/S Explorer as a "wake-up call." Penguins, seals and whales who live in the area are also at an increased risk from the shipping industry, in particular from the potential oil spills from ships that are not "ice-strengthened."

  • Read the BBC News story
  • Read a Greenpeace report on the state of the poles
  • Find out how you can help keep Antarctica cool and prevent global warming
photo courtesy goneforawander, Creative Commons