Biden retools Clinton-era Antarctica policy

By Robin Bravender | 05/17/2024 04:14 PM EDT

The White House said its updated Antarctic protection memo is a bid to “modernize outdated policies and address climate change.” 

Emperor penguin chicks stand together in Antarctica.

Emperor penguin chicks stand together in Antarctica on Dec. 21, 2005. Zhang Zongtang/Xinhua/AP

President Joe Biden on Friday revised U.S. policy toward protecting the environment and scientific research in the Antarctic region, the White House announced.

The president signed a national security memo governing domestic policy toward Antarctica, replacing a 1994 presidential directive.

Under the new policy, the United States aims to protect the environment of the Antarctic region, preserve opportunities for scientific research, and conserve the region’s resources and ecosystems, the White House said.


The memorandum comes ahead of the 46th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting scheduled to be held in India later this month.