My Belated Return to the Blogosphere

It was quite a shock to log onto Tumblr the other day and actually see the last time I posted a blog. I can’t count the number of times I PLANNED to post…started a few words, then became distracted by real life matters, or someone else beat me to the punch and basically wrote what I thought I wanted to write about. But then, perhaps those were just excuses? So, no more excuses, time to get back on the horse (I was wracking my brain for a more nautical phrase, but none came to mind…if you have one, please let me know).

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #10 - The Polar Code - Better Sense Prevails at IMO?

While wearing one of my other hats, as Senior Vice President of The Nautical Institute and member of The Institute’s NGO delegation to IMO, I am very much focused on the Polar Code as it progresses through it’s latest re-incarnation. As soon as I disembark RV Mirai in Yokohama, I fly to London to participate in the IMO MEPC discussions related to the Polar Code. My involvement goes back many years however, to the mid 1990’s when I was part of the team the developed the first proposal for Ice Navigator requirements for inclusion in the first attempt at a Polar Code.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #9 - Protecting the Fragile Arctic Environment

Earlier in September the U.N. Environment Program and World Meteorological Organization released their latest report that indicated the Earth’s protective ozone layer is recovering due to the regulation of ozone-damaging gases.  This report is the first comprehensive report in four years and comes to many as reassuring that we can put in place global regulations and processes that can curb human caused negative atmospheric effects. 

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #8 - The Known Unknowns

I never thought I would find the situation where I would want to paraphrase one of the most famous abusers of the English language, but the words of one of America’s finest artists of baffle came to mind the other night. Though we have progressed tremendously in knowledge of the Polar Regions at the beginning of this century, the Arctic in particular remains in many ways an enigma. We are in a world of Known Unknowns. There be dragons here.


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