Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Climate change is exposing Antarctica’s natural resources to potentially irreversible degradation. The Antarctic Treaty, which turns 50 this year, has shielded the region’s sensitive terrestrial and marine ecosystems, but we are on the brink of the modern world’s last great land-grab. Several nations are making new claims in Antarctica by exploiting loopholes in the Treaty. The international community must now choose between letting the Treaty crumble in the face of these challenges or mobilizing to protect Antarctica’s largely pristine ecosystems on a permanent basis.
Thatje, Sven and Aronson, Richard B., "No future for the Antarctic Treaty?" (2009). Ocean Engineering and Marine Sciences Faculty Publications. 17.