US, Russia to conduct joint Antarctica inspection

January 22, 2012
A village of tents, where scientist sleep, is seen in front of the Belgian Princess Elisabeth polar station in Usteinen, Antarctica in 2009. The United States and Russia will jointly inspect foreign facilities in Antarctica to make sure environmental and other responsibilities under the 1959 Antarctica Treaty are being met, the State Department said Saturday.

The United States and Russia will jointly inspect foreign facilities in Antarctica to make sure environmental and other responsibilities under the 1959 Antarctica Treaty are being met, the State Department said Saturday.

A US-Russian team will travel to Antarctica January 23-28 to check foreign stations, installations and equipment, it said.

"The US-Russian team will review by treaty parties to their obligations, including with respect to limiting environmental impacts, ensuring that Antarctica is used only for peaceful purposes and that parties honor the prohibition on measures of a military nature," it said.

This would be the first joint inspection ever by either country to review compliance with the 1959 treaty and its environmental protocol. The last US inspection was in 2006.

Currently 49 nations are signatories of the treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve where military activity is banned.

Signed in 1991, the environmental protocol provides for environmental impact assessments and , and designates protected areas in order to safeguard the pristine region's and its flora and fauna.

Explore further: Chinese Scientists Embark on Big Field Trip to Antarctica

Related Stories

Chinese Scientists Embark on Big Field Trip to Antarctica

November 12, 2007

The largest ever Chinese expedition to the Antarctic left today from Shanghai's Waigaoqiao Dock. The explorer ship Snow Dragon with 188 scientist aboard and more being air lifted to Antarctic will explore the Arctic shelf ...

Observing sustainable tourism in Antarctica

February 22, 2008

“Antarctica is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in natural history but it also challenges those people who visit to think broadly about our responsibilities to all life on Earth.” That’s the view of Dr ...

US wants limits on Antarctic tourism

April 5, 2009

(AP) -- The Obama administration is pushing to protect Antarctica's fragile environment by imposing mandatory limits on the size of cruise ships sailing there and the number of passengers they bring ashore.

Nations set new tourism limits for Antarctica

April 19, 2009

(AP) -- Countries with interests in Antarctica have endorsed U.S.-proposed mandatory limits on Antarctic tourism that aim to protect the continent's fragile environment, officials said Friday.

Antarctic nations plan tough new shipping controls

December 12, 2009

(AP) -- Countries that manage Antarctica plan tough new controls on ships visiting the southern oceans and the fuels they use to reduce the threat of human and environmental disasters as tourist numbers rise, officials said ...

Australia's Antarctic claim 'at risk'

August 8, 2011

Australia holds the largest claim to Antarctica but risks losing it in any race to unlock the frozen continent's potentially vast mineral and energy resources, an influential thinktank said Monday.

Recommended for you

Climate ups odds of 'grey swan' superstorms

August 31, 2015

Climate change will boost the odds up to 14-fold for extremely rare, hard-to-predict tropical cyclones for parts of Australia, the United States and Dubai by 2100, researchers said Monday.

2 comments

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

rwinners
not rated yet Jan 22, 2012
I admire the effort, but question the sincerity.

Imagine that there was a huge world of undiscovered mineral resources lying just under the surface of the continent.

Think WWIII.
Tseihta
1 / 5 (1) Jan 23, 2012
Hahaha the Russians should inspect their own facilities!
First clean up Novolazarevskaya then worry about others bases...

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.