A group of researchers had spent months on the Southern Ocean when water quality measurements unexpectedly revealed plastic fibers. The fibers from synthetic fabrics absorb harmful substances that attack the immune systems of many animal species.
While 22 governments in the CCAMLR supported the plan for a new Antarctic Ocean sanctuary, Russia, China and Norway did not. Motives behind the stalled plan include overfishing, pollution and climate change.
Roughly 90 percent of king penguins on an island between South Africa and Antarctica are estimated to have died over the past few decades. That's nearly half a million. A penguin biologist explains why.
With the king penguin's food supply being driven farther and farther away, the birds must choose between feeding and breeding. The penguin's plight sends a warning about the future of the Antarctic's environment.
Animal rights activists insist that the international community could have done more to stop what they consider to be thinly disguised commercial whaling. Japan says it is for research purposes. Julian Ryall reports.
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