Antarctica Case Study Global Common


Fragile ecosystem

Coldest and driest desert on earth

A large amount of oil reservoirs underneath Antarctica

It is a global common – outside the political reach of any one state or government

300 species of fish

Previous threats

Whaling – hunted right wales for their whalebone and fish oil. 

Fishing – Patagonian fish, by 1960’s Antarctica krill numbers dropped by 80%

Sealing- by 1800, all fur seals were wiped out, 300,000 in 3 years.

Penguins- emperor penguin numbers dropped by 50% in some areas

Sustainable tourism

Antarctic tour operators – follow a code of conduct and a…


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