“The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) failed to reach consensus, for the fifth time, to adopt large scale Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/about_wwf/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=7713)
Would Consensus be easier to reach if it was a research base actually in Antarctica?
The latest Pine Island Glacier (PIG) iceberg [Berglet] may be pulling out into the Southern Ocean. “If the iceberg did follow this trajectory, it would bring the Singapore-size ice island into busy international shipping lanes.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24912233)
And now the traffic news: tail lights are coming on in the Drake Passage…
“Scientists have been waiting for the PIG [Pine Island Glacier, Antarctic] to calve since October 2011 when they first noticed a spectacular crack spreading across its surface.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23249909)
A pig calving? 21 months gestation? My bovinebergophobia is relapsing.