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Documenting the Hurricane News Coverage with a Canon EOS 7D, by planetMitch

Documenting the Hurricane News Coverage with a Canon EOS 7D, by planetMitch | Geography and the World |

Posted by planetMitch on November 5, 2012


"Jon Roemer tipped me to this amazing documentary just released about the first 36 hours of news coverage by one team from PIX11 about Hurricane Sandy that was shot on a Canon EOS 7D.

The documentary was shot “on a Canon 7D… that was it. No audio plugged into camera or anything. The lens was also a 24-105 L series” according to Jeff Pinilla who shot, edited and directed the piece.

It is quite gripping and I’m sure you’ll sit thru all 22 minutes as enthralled as I was."


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No tsunami threat after 3.5 magnitude earthquake off Waimanalo

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The U.S. Geological Survery says that there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii following a 3.5 magnitude earthquake in waters near Waimanalo and Makapu'u on Oahu. (BREAKING: No tsunami threat to Hawaii after 3.5 magnitude earthquake off Waimanalo.
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Singapore's Arctic Council Membership

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Asia’s first two ice breakers in the Barents Sea in the Arctic. They were completed by Keppel Singmarine for a subsidiary of Russian Lukoil in 2008. Singapore’s expertise in areas relevant to Arctic Council members helped in its application for entry into the exclusive club. -- PHOTO: KEPPEL OFFSHORE & MARINE



By M. Nirmala, Senior Correspondent

LAST week, news broke that Singapore had gained admission into an exclusive club in the cold North, the Arctic Council.

At first glance, it may seem odd for a tiny Republic on the equator to be joining a council whose members ring around the North Pole and focus on issues facing their territories.

But in fact, the move makes strategic sense for Singapore. It was also the culmination of four years of diplomacy.

Singapore's plan to join the Arctic Council as a permanent observer started in 2010. Foreign Affairs officials learnt that there was growing international interest in the melting of polar ice and the impact this would have on countries.

The melting ice could cause coastal flooding, a real problem for the island nation.

More importantly, the receding polar ice would also open up a Northern sea route through Arctic waters. This would severely threaten Singapore which is one of the world's busiest ports.

The new route via the North Pole can cut the time taken by ships from Europe to reach the East by half. It has the potential to divert shipping that has gone via the Suez Canal and the Malacca and Singapore straits.

The green light was given to Ministry of Foreign Affairs officers to try and gain entry into the Arctic Council.

Founded in 1996, the Arctic Council has eight permanent members: the United States, Russia, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. It is a policymaking body that produces binding international agreements among Arctic countries on areas such as pollution and marine conservation.

There is growing interest from others to join this council as the Arctic region has rich deposits of oil, gas and other minerals, which will become more accessible as the ice caps melt.

Singapore's efforts bore fruit last week when the country was admitted as a permanent observer in the council. It joins five other countries as new permanent observers to the council: China, Japan, South Korea, India and Italy. There are 26 other permanent observers, who can watch meeting proceedings and contribute to the council's working groups.

Former foreign minister George Yeo, in Australia when he read the news of Singapore's entry into the Arctic Council, told The Straits Times that becoming an observer on the council is of strategic importance to Singapore's long-term future.

"I'm sure we will play an active role and try to make a positive contribution to global sea transport in all its aspects," he said.

Singapore's formal application to join the council was praised by one permanent member as "first class". Applicants who sought the council's advice on how to gain admission were advised to consult the Singapore team.

From the word "go", Singapore officials worked like ubiquitous ants, engaging the permanent members and the Arctic indigenous communities.

It helped that Singapore's Ambassador to Norway, Mr Ng Ser Miang, had been in the post since 2001.

Veteran diplomat Kemal Siddique was also made Singapore's Special Envoy for Arctic Affairs. He had served as Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador in four of the Arctic Council member countries - Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. These countries knew him well.

This led to his invitation by the Norwegian government to remote Svalbard, situated between Norway and the North Pole, last August when the Arctic members visited the islands there.

Mr Siddique met key officials of all eight member countries. He also visited the lands of the indigenous peoples of Alaska, the Nunavut in Canada, the Rovaniemi of Finland, among others.

Back in Singapore, officials began chiselling away at the Republic's emergent Arctic policy.

At the World Oceans Summit held in Singapore last year, it "articulated an intention to play a role in Arctic governance", wrote Stewart Watters and Aki Tonami, researchers at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies in Denmark.

They noted that "Singapore's Arctic diplomacy is driven primarily by an ambition to exploit an emerging market niche in which it sees itself as a technological and expertise leader".

Singapore, they wrote, has played a role in the International Maritime Organisation that is disproportionate to the size of the country. The Republic is also home to global leaders in offshore and marine engineering.

These areas are relevant to the Arctic Council's work as Singapore has strong knowledge of international ocean law and ways of developing global shipping.

Diplomatic efforts were supported by Singapore's expertise in areas relevant to council members.

In 2008, Keppel Singmarine broke new ground when it completed Asia's first two ice breakers for a subsidiary of Russian Lukoil. These ice breakers carve out shipping passages by breaking through huge blocks of Arctic ice.

Singapore is now developing the next generation of oil rigs and ships, including Arctic life boats for Arctic oil companies. Faster responses to emergencies in the Arctic are needed as the area opens up for more development.

Singapore is doing several Arctic research projects. Oceanic research - on topics like oil explorations in the harsh Arctic climate - is being done at the Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering at the National University of Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

Singaporeans too are leaving their prints on the Arctic ice.

Philanthropist Lee Seng Tee has donated funds to the International Arctic Research Centre to establish a "Lecture in Arctic Studies" series. Ms Michelle Goh, a young Singapore biologist, is studying birds in the cold Arctic.

But Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Espen Barth Eide has warned the new observer members of the work that lies ahead: "To the new observers of the Arctic Council, there is no such thing as a free lunch."

For Singapore, entry into the council is just the beginning. The hard work continues.

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Why Earthquakes in China Are So Damaging - The Atlantic

Why Earthquakes in China Are So Damaging - The Atlantic | Geography and the World |
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Why Earthquakes in China Are So Damaging
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China's unfortunate streak of major earthquakes has continued.

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Signs Of Change The Past Week Or So April 2013 Part 1

Just when you thought nothing is going on, this seires continues.... Earthquakes, major flooding, records being smashed and so much more has taking place the...
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The changing world climate has caused extreme weather phenomena around the world, leading to the loss of properties and lives of people. 

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Stastical data on United States of America's carbon emission and possible solutions to reduce the levels

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