Arctic and Antarctic

Les milieux polaires sont les aimants de la Terre. Ils ont commencé par attirer les explorateurs, les chasseurs de baleines, de phoques et d’ours polaires. Ils ont ensuite captivé les scientifiques et les militaires, attiré les touristes, les concessions minières et les extracteurs d’hydrocarbures. La grande pêche s’y déchaine. L’Océan Glacial Arctique n’est protégé par aucune convention internationale. En Antarctique il faut empêcher la destruction du statut protecteur, en Arctique il faut le construire.

A new contaminated site in Arctic ? (*)

2 Sep 2010

Since Friday 27th August, the Arctic Ocean is threatened by the Clipper Adventurer. This ferry converted into a cruise ship was built in 1975 in ex-Yugoslavia. She is flying the Bahamian flag. She ran aground a reef along the Nunavut shoreline. Salvage operations are considered.

The state of Bahamas has not signed the MARPOL annex IV on the prevention of pollution by sewage from ships. The owner is based in Miami.

This warning incident demonstrates that all nautical and juridical precautionary measures are not implemented to avoid pollution in the Arctic Ocean.

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Arctic Alarm

25 Jul 2010

Arctic Alarm

Fifty six years ago today, the Andrea Doria, the Italian star of the transatlantic cruise liner sunk off the coast of New York taking the lives of 47 passengers.

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(Français) Pour une convergence arctique

9 Nov 2008

(Français) Pour une convergence arctique

Only in French.

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(Français) A venir : une marée noire en Antarctique

26 Nov 2007

(Français) A venir : une marée noire en Antarctique

Only in French.

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(Français) La Flèche n°35

1 Dec 1999

Only in French.

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(Français) La Flèche n°28

9 Dec 1996

Only in French.

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The Forgotten Arctic

27 Jun 1996

Aberdeen

All northern hemisphere whales under the responsibility of the IWC are dependent on the Arctic Ocean and adjacent seas. However the Arctic is subject to an exploitation of natural resources which is becoming more and more intense.

One of the AEPS (Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy) working groups stated in its 1996 report that “issues of concern in the Arctic are : the past dumping of radioactive wastes ; the possible future dumping of liquid radioactive wastes ; the potential of future dumping of contaminated dredged materials for increased shipping activities ; and the possibility of future dumping associated with the potential growth of Arctic towns and cities.”

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(Français) Commission Baleinière Internationale : vers un sanctuaire en Arctique

2 Jun 1995

Only in French.

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For a Whale Sanctuary in the Arctic Ocean

26 May 1994

The Southern Ocean Sanctuary adopted at the I.W.Cs 46th meeting reinforces the global moratorium on commercial whaling and completes the Indian Ocean Sanctuary.

It is time now to create a sanctuary for whales in the northern hemisphere.
Creation of a circumpolar Arctic Ocean Sanctuary would insure protection for northern whale populations under the responsibility of the I.W.C.

The creation of a northern sanctuary should not represent any problem as none of the northern I.W.C. member states opposed adoption of the southern sanctuary, (i.e : Norway, Denmark, Finland, Russian Federation, Sweden and United States).

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(Français) La Flèche n°25

1 Apr 1994

Only in French.

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