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  • Writer's pictureMiriam Verbeek

Antarctica and dog's tails (tales)

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

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n their April news item, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) highlighted the announcement of a new joint strategy to achieve the designation of three new large-scale marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Antarctic.

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It’s another step closer to securing the largest single act of ocean protection in history. It's great news, because it means there's a chance of better protecting of one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet, giving it a chance it adapt to the assault of climate change by reducing pressure on the abundant wildlife relying on that ecosystem.

I talk about some of the issues impacting the Antarctic in Si’Empra’s Queen (and I remain committed to donating profits from the sales of that book to efforts to save that stunning and vital part of our planet.). In that chapter (here's a copy of the speech by Ellen), I tried to emphasise how much politics plays into efforts to protect the environment. Download the SQ excerpt


One of the greatest pleasures when walking my two on the dog friendly beach near my home is watching them doing their thing with other dogs.

Black, brindle, white, small, yappy, brown, shaggy, short-haired, fluffy, old, young, short-legged, long-legged, slim, wide – doesn’t seem to matter. It’s not the “look” of another dog that has them happy to engage, it’s the way the tail wags or, in the case of my blue heeler, whether there might be a ball in the offing (my kelpie likes treats and can spot one in someone’s hand from 100m away!).




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