- Scientists are warning against the growing number of tourists visiting the ice-free regions of the Antarctic region, considered as the last frontier to adventurers, that is threatening its biodiversity.
- This is addition to research facilities that are being built, along with associated roads, fuel deposits and runways.
- Less that 1% of Antarctica is permanently ice-free of which only 1.5% belongs to Antarctic Specially Protected Areas under the Antarctic Treaty System. This is the region where most of the wildlife and plants occur.
- 5 of the distinct ice-free eco-regions have no protection at all while all the others are very close to areas of human activity.
- The regions contain very simple ecosystems due to their low species diversity making is native wildlife extremely vulnerable to invasion by outside species that can be introduced by human activity.
- Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/scientists-warn-of-tourism-threat-to-antarctica/article6128269.ece
- Antarctic Treaty System
- Antarctic Specially Protected Areas