In London, there's been a call for international agreement to avoid destroying the environment and resources of the Antarctic.
In London, there's been a call for international agreement to avoid destroying the environment and resources of the Antarctic. The call came from the United Kingdom foreign office minister Ted Rowlands at the start of the Ninth Antarctic Treaty Conference. He told Britain's twelve treaty partners that 'sensible rules' were needed to cover commercial exploitation in the world's last great wilderness, which covers one-fifteenth of the earth's land surface.
SYNOPSIS: The twelve nations which established major scientific bases in Antarctica tow decades ago signed a treaty in 1959 banning use of the land mass for military purposes or as a dumping ground for nuclear waste.
But other countries which claim land in Antarctica have not signed the treaty, and there are fears that the area's vast resources could be overexploited. Mr. Rowlands spoke of the difficulty of arousing public concern.