The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

A MULTI­NA­TIONAL ef­fort to cre­ate gi­ant ma­rine sanc­tu­ar­ies around Antarc­tica to counter cli­mate change and pro­tect frag­ile ocean ecosys­tems has failed for an eighth straight year, of­fi­cials said.

Op­po­si­tion from China and Rus­sia tor­pe­doed the pro­posal at the an­nual meet­ing of the Com­mis­sion for the Con­ser­va­tion of Antarc­tic Ma­rine Liv­ing Re­sources, a con­sor­tium of 25 na­tions plus the Eu­ro­pean Union.

Bei­jing and Moscow have been key in block­ing the scheme since it was first floated by Australia, France and the EU in 2010 be­fore be­ing scaled down in 2017 in an at­tempt to win greater sup­port.

The Ho­bart meet­ing ended late Fri­day.

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