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18 Feb 2011
We have arrived in Antarctica
Bransfield Strait, Antarctica We have arrived in Antarctica. The first sighting was this evening, around 6, when King George Island emerged out of the fog. In the evening light we could see the glacier that covers the surface of this, the nor ...
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17 Feb 2011
In the Drake Passage, approaching the Antarctic Convergence
The albatross has the largest wingspan of any bird on the planet. They soar around the ship, rising and swooping on the wind that buffets us. Albatrosses spend most of their lives on the ocean. Their only time on land is used to rear the next A ...
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17 Feb 2011
The Southern Cross
The Southern Cross appeared in the sky as we made our way down the Beagle Channel towards the Drake Passage which separates the tip of South America from Antarctica. These waters divide Argentina to the north and Chile to the south. Shortly aft ...
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16 Feb 2011
Ushuaia - Fin del Mundo
54°48′S 68°18′W Ushuaia is the End of the World. The plane comes in over the Beagle Channel which divides Argentina and Chile. It descends along the peaks of the mountains of Tierra del Fuego, dropping towards the water. U ...
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14 Feb 2011
Dreaming Antarctica
Antarctica has been with us since long before Captain James Cook became the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle in 1773. For millennia the continent was unseen, unknown but much speculated about. The honour of first sighting in 1820 go ...
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17 Dec 2010
Cancun Assessments
Did Cancun Prove the UN Irrelevant in Tackling Climate? The Cancun conference is being credited with keeping international climate talks alive. But the real potential for bringing emissions under control may lie in a Plan B, with nations ac ...
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17 Dec 2010
Final thoughts: Cancun and Many Strong Voices
The analyses of what happened in Mexico continue to roll in so this is a good time to take a look at what happened at COP 16 and what it means to Many Strong Voices. I’ve listed a couple of interesting articles at the end of this entry on the bi ...
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14 Dec 2010
As the Dust Settles Over Cancun
 '…the least cost trajectory for stringent mitigation assessed in the [IPCC Fourth Assessment Report] clearly estimated that global emissions should peak no later than 2015 and decline thereafter". Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the ...
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10 Dec 2010
COP Day 10 - Down to the wire
Climate change negotiations in Cancun are in the crucial home stretch and there is measured optimism that an agreement can be reached. It will not be the legally binding agreement that most nations want. To succeed, these talks will have to ...
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08 Dec 2010
COP Day 8 - Perfect is the Enemy of the Good
Negotiations continued as the High Level segment involving Ministers from dozens of countries kicked off at the Cancun climate change talks. Mayan dancers and musicians staged an intricate tableau which ended with a young boy holding a single gre ...