Environmental concerns grow over Australia's Antarctica runway plan

Australia is planning to build a first-of-its-kind 2.7-kilometre concrete runway on Antarctica – the largest infrastructure project in the continent’s history. The government argues it would “future-proof” and revolutionize research, but many in the scientific community are voicing concerns over the environmental impact, saying the project appears to be driven by Antarctic politics. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), a government agency, intends to build the paved runway on rock near Australia’s Davis research station in the Vestfold Hills region of East Antarctica – an area home to a va…

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