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The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.


The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia Cheap Women's New Balance 574 Retro Grey Pink Shoes , which has rejected the idea in the past.


Proponents of the reserve say it sets a precedent for multiple countries working together to protect a large swath of ocean, which falls outside any single nation's jurisdiction.


The agreement covers an area about twice the size of Texas in the Ross Sea.

  FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2015 file photo, boats sit on the beach at Bahia Almirantazgo Cheap Women's New Balance 574 Yellow Navy Shoes , in Antarctica. The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica agreed on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

The deal was clinched after 24 countries and the European Union met in Hobart, Australia, this week. Decisions on Antarctica require a consensus among the 25 members, a hurdle which has confounded past efforts.


The U.S. and New Zealand have been pushing for a marine reserve for years. They first submitted a joint proposal in 2012 Cheap Men's New Balance 574 Blue Navy Shoes , but it was rejected five times before Friday's agreement. Ukraine, China and Russia had expressed concerns in the past, with Russia becoming the final holdout before the deal was made.


The marine protected area covers 1.6 million square kilometers (617,000 square miles). There will be a blanket ban on commercial fishing across about three-quarters of that area. In the remaining ocean zones Cheap Men's New Balance 574 Loyal Blue Grey Shoes , some commercial fishing will be allowed.


A small amount of fishing for research purposes will be allowed throughout the protected area.


Several countries fish in the waters surrounding Antarctica for lucrative toothfish, which are often marketed in North America as Chilean sea bass.


Evan Bloom, who led the U.S. delegation in Hobart, said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been a passionate advocate for the reserve and has been pushing for it in high-level talks with Russian leaders Cheap Women's New Balance 574 Red White Shoes , including President Vladimir Putin.


Bloom said he was "thrilled" with the result.


"We've been working on this for so many years and had so many disappointments trying to get here," he said. "This is a real win for marine conservation."


In a statement, Kerry said the agreement "will safeguard one of the last unspoiled ocean wilderness areas on the planet — home to unparalleled marine biodiversity and thriving communities of penguins, seals Cheap Men's New Balance 574 Burgundy White Shoes , whales, seabirds, and fish."


New Zealand's Foreign Minister Murray McCully said the final agreement included some concessions to Russia, including adjusting the reserve's boundaries and allowing a little more commercial fishing outside the no-take zone.


Nevertheless Cheap Women's New Balance 574 Jade Green Shoes , he said, he was pleasantly surprised that Russia and the U.S. had managed to reach any kind of agreement, given the current tensions over Syria.


"It goes to demonstrate that you can never jump to conclusions," he said. "Every now and then you get lucky."


Andrea Kavanagh Cheap Men's New Balance 574 Gradient Army Green Shoes , who directs Antarctic and Southern Ocean work for The Pew Charitable Trusts, said the environment had become a passion project for Putin's former chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov.


"We couldn't be happier about this result," she said. "This is history. This has never been done before."


She said she hoped the agreement represented the first step in what would become a worldwide network of marine reserves that would help protect the Earth's oceans.


The agreement will take effect from December 2017 and Cheap New Balance 597 Shoes , for most of the reserve, will last an initial 35 years.




LISBON, July 13 (Xinhua) -- At the entrance of Portugal's Buddha Eden garden, a large stainless steel sculpture with a rotating rectangle from which a rotating diamond pivots, may confuse visitors.


It is a sculpture by the English artist Lynn Chadwick, entitled Ace of Diamond II. There are a number of contemporary works here from Portugal's Berardo collection by national and international artists including Joana Vasconcelos, Alexander Calder, Fernando Botero, Tony Crag and Allen Jones.


Around 80 kilometers west of Lisbon, and just a few kilometers away from the popular town of Obidos, this is Europe's largest oriental garden, where contemporary and African masterpieces stand amid striking marble and granite statues of buddhas stand surrounded by lakes, flora and fountains.


The garden, with around 35 hectares of land, at Quinta dos Loridos, was created by Comendator Jose Berardo after the great Afghan Buddha statues of Bamiyan were destroyed by the Taliban.


Over 6000 tons of marble were commissioned in China in 2007, giving way to this peaceful garden where buddhas and pagodas and works of art coexist.


At the north end of the garden there is a Giant buddha of around 21 meters and, further down, a blue army of Xian terracotta warriors. This is an army of detailed life-sized statues representing the Chinese army from the Warring states period.


At the other end of the garden, stands among other works, Vasconcelos' Nectar, a structure composed by green wine bottles and metal, and Pop artist Jones' Temple, a four-armed woman of a range of colors.


The Modern and Contemporary Sculpture garden was incorporated in 2012 and last year the African sculpture garden was launched to complete an aesthetic and emotional journey.


The African sculpture garden is dedicated to the Shona people of Zimbabwe who hand-sculpt stone and reflect both the physical and spiritual through their works.


There are 200 sculptures including Chiripanyanga's "Generations," with stones layered on top of each other and feminine faces carved out of them.


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