An Adelie penguin stands atop a block of melting ice near the French station at Dumont d??Urville in East Antarctica in this January 23, 2010 photo. REUTERS/Pauline Askin
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Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home. It has been a year since the 43-year-old Ukrainian geophysicist started his latest posting, monitoring climatic phenomena on an island off western Antarctica.Scientists call Antarctica, Earth's last wilderness.It is home to thousands of researchers and technicians from various countries who share the territory under the Antarctic Treaty.Diplomats cherish the Antarctic Treaty that has governed this continent since 1959 .Antarctica's western peninsula has warmed by 3 percent on average over the past half-century, according to environmental groups.They hope the Antarctic Treaty's environmental commission, CCAMLR, can agree on measures to protect the continent.Andrea Kavanagh, head of the penguin campaign of Pew Charitable Trusts, a U.S. lobby group, says Russia and China want to expand fishing to areas near endangered penguin colonies.Far away from their countries, on the bases, staff say Antarctic relations run smoothly, however.
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