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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.

The Blame Everyone Game

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Articles, Human Rights | No Comments
The Blame Everyone Game

I paused at a crossroads. An image of a postcard flashed into my head. A postcard I received from my friend Donal, years and years ago. A black and white image showing two hands barely meeting across a map, with three commandments in red strips overlaid: Admit Nothing. Blame Everyone. Be Bitter.

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.

Welcome, Earthlings

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Articles, Human Rights | 2 Comments
Welcome, Earthlings

As I write this, I’m sitting in a café in Brussels (where hundreds of refugees are camped in parks, understandably turning down government dormitory accommodation). I’m Irish. I live here, for now. I migrated here, but I’m not a refugee. But look at the history of the Irish diaspora, or that of your own country. Look at how many people in your family or friends are descended from or connected someone who was displaced by war or crushing economic pressures, and think, did any of these people – the Syrians stranded on the beaches of Kos, or arriving in Munich ever dream they would become refugees?

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”.

Russia, how long must we wait?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in News | No Comments
Russia, how long must we wait?

Until the end of the month, the officials from 24 countries – plus the EU – will consider a range of issues, the most notorious of which is the long-delayed establishment of marine reserves in the Ross Sea and in the waters of East Antarctica. I can’t tell you what’s happening at the meeting so far, as CCAMLR meets behind closed doors.

The Last of Our Kind

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in News | No Comments
The Last of Our Kind

Beautiful and poignant reaction by my sister, Suzanne Walsh, to this weeks news of walrus beachings in the Arctic, and the deplorable global loss of our fellow animals.

The Slaney River and the World

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Articles, News | 2 Comments
The Slaney River and the World

For all the travelling I’ve done, it’s always good to come home. I am writing these words 50m away from the River Slaney, in the south east of Ireland, with a a copy of Crossabeg: The Parish and its People (Vol 2) waiting for me. And I’m honoured to be featured in the book. When my neighbour here, Alice Devine, one of the team who put the book together asked me to write something about my travels, I thought the best way was to show how my upbringing in Crossabeg provided the foundation for everything that followed – including my trips to the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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?