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Push for research areas in Antartica

The EU has called on global representatives to protect areas in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica for the benefit of research, ahead of an upcoming meeting.

According to a statement from the European Commission on 16 October, a total of 1.63 million square kilometres in these regions should be designated as protected areas, to be used to study the effects of fishing in the oceans and to aid research into climate change.

The proposal to protect these areas will be discussed at a meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources between 23 October and 1 November in Hobart, Australia.

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