U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry disembarks from a U.S. Air Force C-17 near McMurdo Station, in Antarctica.
One of President Obama’s final acts in office was to send his Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Antarctica to highlight the effects of climate change and the science research conducted there.
Kerry became the highest-ranking U.S. official ever to visit the continent. He traveled to McMurdo Station and also visited Shackleton’s historic hut.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stands inside the historic Shackleton hut near McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Shackleton’s hut served as the base of operations for the British 1907-1909 Nimrod Expedition, an early attempt in the race to the geographic South Pole led by a young Ernest Shackleton.
State department officials said the trip was a learning opportunity for Mr. Kerry. He received briefings on the vulnerability of the West Antarctic ice sheet to collapse in a warming climate. Officials said the visit would give him more credibility in climate talks having seen the potential impacts of climate change first hand.