"Australia is planning to build Antarctica’s biggest infrastructure
project: a new airport and runway that would increase the human
footprint in the world’s greatest wilderness by an estimated 40%.
The mega-scheme is likely to involve blasting petrel rookeries,
disturbing penguin colonies and encasing a stretch of the wilderness in
more than 115,000 tonnes of concrete.
The government in Canberra says the project on the Vestfold Hills of
Princess Elizabeth Land is necessary to provide year-round access for
scientists and emergency teams to Davis research station, Australia’s
most southerly base in Antarctica. Strategic concerns are also a
consideration; Australia is keen to counter China’s growing presence on
the frozen southern continent.
Environmental scientists say the multi-billion-dollar plan is a waste of
money, and could lead to a destructive construction race among
Via Glyn Moody, who wrote "selfish insanity; Australia turning into an
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