As climate change becomes a pressing issue both globally and locally, Venezuela is poising itself to become a key player in finding common solutions.
Eleven Venezuelan scientists recently departed for Antarctica to do research on climate change.
The scientists, who are aboard a Uruguayan ship, will spend 45 days studying the effects of global warming on the atmosphere, coastal areas, and flora and fauna. The expedition is historically significant, for it is Venezuela’s largest scientific mission to date.
Venezuela’s Minister of Science and Technology Hector Navarro said that Venezuela hopes to set up a permanent research station in Antarctica and may also sign the Antarctic Treaty, which states: “in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord.”