A group of Venezuelan scientists have returned from a research expedition to Antarctica, where they measured environmental degradation. TeleSur reports that the scientists, who collaborated with Uruguayan researchers, warned that significant environmental shifts documented in Antarctica indicate the accelerating pace of global climate change.
Venezuela’s Minister of Science and Technology reiterated the commitment of the oil-producing nation to issues of environmental protection and conservation. The Minister also heralded the Antarctica expedition with Uruguay as evidence of a “great spirit of cooperation, of brotherhood” between the two countries.
Later this year, Venezuela and Uruguay will jointly launch a satellite called “Simón Bolívar Satellite” in homage to South America’s famed independence hero. The new technology will allow both countries to improve their tele-communications industries.