Icy reception


When Chile exhibited a 60-tonne iceberg at the Seville EXPO last summer, environmentalists protested that the Antarctic was already threatened enough without huge chunks of it being cut off and sent to one of the world’s hottest cities. Chile’s answer was to send back the iceberg – now smaller by 40 tonnes – when the Expo ended. Spain’s environmentalists are now complaining that by the time the ice reaches Valparaiso, ready for the final leg South, the refrigerated transport will have generated enough greenhouse gas to cause an iceberg of the same size to melt. The cost of the operation has also come under fire. The $30 000 cost of shipping could have been spent more usefully in Antarctica, say critics. Pricked by the onslaught, Chile’s deputy pavilion com-missioner, Roberto Duran de la Fuente, said:
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