Like in the Arctic, an overt race has begun for control of Antarctica’s rich resources.People regularly confuse Antarctica with the Arctic, thinking that polar bears and penguins cross paths. The latter is an ocean surrounded by different islands with a permanent population of about 4 million. Antarctica is indeed surrounded by water, but it is the world’s highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent. However, some see climate change as an opportunity. Rapid ice loss enables ships to have access to Antarctica’s nutrient-rich waters. Polar resources there range from krill to oil and could soon be up for grabs if the Antarctic Treaty System fails to safeguard marine protected areas.
In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Andrew Yeo, associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America.