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Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Climate, Ecosystem, Oceans, Polar | One Comment
Some Good News: We are all crew on this voyage

About a month ago, Deutsche Welle journalist Irene Quaile AKA Iceblogger wrote, in a piece titled Some Arctic good news – not #fakenews!

“With the environment and climate under constant fire from the actions of President Trump, it is great to end the week with a little piece of good news”.

Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Climate, Ecosystem, Featured | One Comment
Cop21: The Poor Mouth in Paris, starring Enda Kenny

Ireland’s dear and glorious leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny stood manfully astride the COP21 podium in Paris. Holding the lectern in a white-knuckled embrace, Enda rolled out Ireland’s comprehensive plan for taking global leadership on climate change, and he would personally corner Hollande, Obama, Merkel, Putin and Xi Jinping and the rest of them into finally saving the planet.

Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault back in the News

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Ecosystem, Polar | No Comments
Svalbard’s Global Seed Vault back in the News

The Global Seed Vault, located the top of the world, on the island of Spitsbergen in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, is back in the news – for the first time seeds are being taken from the bank for one of the reasons it was created – to supply and safeguard seeds in a time war.

Russia and Norway: You’ve ‘saved’ the Arctic, now it’s time to protect the Antarctic

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Ecosystem, Polar | No Comments
Russia and Norway: You’ve ‘saved’ the Arctic, now it’s time to protect the Antarctic

Russia and Norway have signed a joint declaration to protect the Arctic Ocean. Shouldn’t they do the same for the Antarctic? An official statement released on January 23rd by Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, announced that “Russia and Norway will sign a declaration on preventing unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean, helping to conserve the Arctic”.

Antarctica’s Glaciers are Collapsing – Are We Ready To Pay Attention?

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Featured, Polar | No Comments
Antarctica’s Glaciers are Collapsing – Are We Ready To Pay Attention?

The “irreversible collapse” of glaciers in Antarctica is dominating headlines around the world this week. News outlets are breathlessly reporting that the dramatic rise in sea levels that’s now on the cards. So what does it mean? Should we panic? Do we need to grab the family, and head for the hills?

No Such Thing as “Sustainable” Arctic Management

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Ecosystem, Featured | One Comment
No Such Thing as “Sustainable” Arctic Management

Here’s an idea. To hell with “sustainably managing” the Arctic Ocean. Instead, how about we just stay out of it and leave it the fuck alone to look after itself, as it was doing before we humans came along and starting burning coal and oil and putting CO2 in the air and seawater?

A Micronation Once Again: The Saltee Islands

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Ecosystem | No Comments
A Micronation Once Again: The Saltee Islands

ff the coast of southeast Ireland lie the two small Saltee Islands. Their simple, low-slung landscapes, four or five kilometres of the Wexford fishing village of Kilmore Quay belie their layers of history, folklore and bizarre stories.