Appreciating The Whale: Part I

There’s been plenty written about the natural history and scientific behavior of whales, but I wanted to share some far more personal accounts of whale encounters viewed from the long standing relationships that I have been lucky enough to experience over the course of five decades. Since I am neither a scientist, mammalogist, shrill left-wing … Read more

Greetings from Copenhagen

Greetings from Copenhagen, December 11 We traveling divers love the island nations – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, the Solomons, the Maldives, and those in the Caribbean – and the island nations are speaking in a very loud voice in Copenhagen.  Their argument, as I heard the ambassador from the Cape Verde Islands say today: … Read more

Copenhagen, COP 15 UN Climate Conference December 8

I arrived in Copenhagen Tuesday afternoon, excited about engaging in the historic UN Climate Conference.  While you know me as the editor of Undercurrent, I’m here in my new capacity to organize the International Court for the Environment Coalition in the U.S. Quite simply, a movement is underway to create such a court to hold … Read more

New Reefs Can Save the Old

Think about this scenario: You and 15 other divers on a liveaboard motor overnight to an isolated, uninhabited chain of islands. The following morning you pour a cup of coffee, step out on deck to salute the dawn and revel in some much-needed solitude. Big surprise! Unfortunately, the early morning light reveals a couple of … Read more

Diving: The Superior Sport

What a fabulous sport scuba diving is. Other sports mostly challenge my sanity, and their blatant inadequacies confirm diving as the superior sport. Take Motor Racing for example. Aren’t you glad I do not squirt you with Champagne on the dive deck after every successful dive? Few realize what this extravagant behaviour actually symbolizes. Squirters … Read more