View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic View post tag: 2013 View post tag: Naval Exhibitors and delegates at the upcoming International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (IMDEX Asia) will have the opportunity to meet more key players from international navies, coast guards and maritime agencies as the biennial exhibition is set to host the highest number ever of Navy Chiefs from all over the world. IMDEX Asia, returning for its ninth edition from 14 to 16 May 2013 at the Changi Exhibition Centre (CEC) in Singapore, is recognised as Asia-Pacific’s foremost maritime defence show.Some 30 Navy Chiefs, Coast Guard Directors-General and heads of maritime agencies in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond will be taking part in IMDEX Asia 2013. IMDEX Asia 2013 will also showcase an impressive line-up of warships from around the world with the participation of 15 warships from nine countries including Australia, France, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States and Singapore. Trade visitors will also get to see, for the first time, USS Freedom, which has just arrived in Singapore. The warship display will offer a rare opportunity for delegates to board the ships, gain insight into the various operations on-board, and to meet and network with senior naval officers from the world over.Jimmy Lau, Managing Director of Experia Events, said:“The increasing number of Navy Chiefs and VIPs attending IMDEX Asia is a testament to the growing stature of the event globally. With the Asia-Pacific region now the world’s second largest naval market, IMDEX Asia is more than ever a must-attend show in the international naval and maritime defence calendar. With new highlights and features in place for this year, we are confident that IMDEX Asia 2013 is more than ready to deliver an even greater experience for both exhibitors and visitors.”Debuting at this year’s IMDEX Asia will be Technology Seminars, which provide a platform for exhibitors to present their latest and most innovative technologies to potential buyers from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The Technology Seminars will be held in a dedicated area, located at the heart of the main exhibition hall with participation from companies such as Arneson Industries, Viking Air, Saab, Wartsila and General Dynamics Canada. IMDEX Asia 2013 will also feature an array of rigid-inflatable boats (RIBs) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the Static Display.Some 180 exhibitors have confirmed their participation at IMDEX Asia 2013, with 40% of them joining the show for the first time this year. These new exhibitors include notable companies such as Devor Technologies, Fincantieri, Lurssen Marine Technology, Scania, Schiebel, Westport Shipyard, Viking Air and Liquid Robotics, and visitors can expect to view their latest products and innovations at the show. As a testament to the value IMDEX Asia brings to them, returning exhibitors include major players in the industry such as Austal, DCNS, Lockheed Martin, MBDA, ST Engineering and ThyssenKrupp Marine.Held in conjunction with IMDEX Asia will be high-level conferences such as the prestigious invitation-only International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) and the first-ever Asian edition of the International Naval Engineering Conference ([email protected] Asia). IMSC will gather Navy Chiefs, Directors-General of Coast Guard and heads of maritime agencies from around the world to discuss evolving challenges to naval security, while [email protected] Asia will gather representatives from navies, designers and shipbuilders, manufacturers, defence-related organisations and academia, focussing on the latest innovations and challenges faced by the naval engineering industry.The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) will once again host the Maritime Information Sharing Exercise (MARISX) and the Western Pacific Multilateral Sea Exercise (WMSX), bringing together navies and maritime agencies to foster international co-operation.About IMDEX AsiaEstablished in 1997, the biennial IMDEX Asia is the premier dedicated maritime defence show serving the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. IMDEX Asia comprises four inter-related events – Exhibition, Conference, VIP Delegations’ Programme and Warship Display – and has established a reputation within the maritime defence industry as a must-attend show. IMDEX Asia 2013 will be the ninth in the series.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 29, 2013; Image: Imdex IMDEX Asia 2013 to Host Record Number of Navy Chiefs Back to overview,Home naval-today IMDEX Asia 2013 to Host Record Number of Navy Chiefs View post tag: Chiefs View post tag: IMDEX Training & Education April 29, 2013 View post tag: number View post tag: Defence View post tag: Navy View post tag: asia View post tag: host Share this article View post tag: record
With time running out, such weak conclusions pile pressureon next year’s COP26, hosted by the UK in Glasgow. The EU has committed toreaching net-zero carbon by 2050, and will undoubtedly pressure its allies to dothe same. However, other major emitters have shown little willingness to matchthis target. There is hope an EU-China summit in Germany two months beforeCOP26 could build enough trust to convince China to strengthen its climatecommitments. Much also rides on the result of the 2020 US election; underTrump, the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, and his re-election wouldmean further intransigence. Meanwhile, Democratic primary candidates have alldemonstrated complete openness to action on climate change, and would likelyremain within the Paris Agreement. Such attitudes stand in stark contrast to that of theprotestors outside the event, numbering 500,000 according to organisers. Approximately500 of these protestors stormed the event on the final Wednesday, led byIndigenous leaders from a number of nations, whilst Greta Thunberg accusedworld leaders of “creative PR” rather than real action. The resolution waswidely condemned by activists as a failure to realise the scale of the climatecrisis. Think-tank 350, which focusses on increasing the use of renewableenergy sources, described the disconnect between the COP25 resolution and what trulyneeds to be achieved in line with the Paris Agreement as “appalling”, with powerfulpolluters “keeping the rest of the planet hostage”. Power Shift Africa, ayouth-based climate conference, condemned the “disastrous, profoundlydistressing outcome” of the meetings. Held in the Spanish city of Madrid, COP25 was the 25thUN climate conference, bringing together representatives from over 190countries. After a sweltering 2019 with temperatures of over forty-five degreescelsius in Paris, this year’s conference was the longest on record. Althoughnothing revolutionary was expected going into the talks, due to the technicalfocus of discussions, it was hoped that more ambitious carbon-cutting targets couldbe agreed. This would signal a continued commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreementand to taking real action to limit global heating. This year’s round of UN climate talks has once again endedin disappointment, with UN member states merely acknowledging that currentplans for cutting emissions are too weak to limit global heating to safe levels. The Paris Agreement aimed to limit global heating to at most2 degrees, but ideally 1.5 degrees, above pre-industrial levels. Currentcommitments put us nowhere near this goal, but would rather result in three tofive degrees of heating by the end of the century. Such a rise in temperaturewould inevitably lead to environmental catastrophe; at the current 0.8 degreeincrease in heating, climate disasters are already occurring at the rate of onedisaster per week. As heating increases, these incidents will increase in bothscope and scale. Emily Passmore Despite a widespread understanding of the scientific realityof climate change, few countries arrived at COP25 with revised plans. On theone hand, an optimistic coalition consisting of the EU and numerous smaller nationspushed for a resolution mandating stronger national targets to limit carbonemissions. On the other, the COP25 conference saw little cooperation fromricher countries such as the US, Brazil and Australia – all countries with highstakes in the fossil fuel industry. The result was a weakly-worded and franklycowardly resolution, recognising only an “urgent need” to update nationalclimate pledges. Secondly, there is still, within some richer countries, asignificant disconnect with the scientific reality of climate change. This hasbeen coherently exemplified by the presentation of low-ambition language onfuture targets by the Chilean leadership, amended to become more radical. Thisrefusal to consider the sweeping change needed highlights the emptiness of muchof the COP25 conference. Despite a two-day extension of talks, discussions werestill mainly technical, distracting from the looming prospect of climatebreakdown. One session spent 20 minutes arguing over whether to ‘adjourn’ or‘close’ their meeting. Yet, the lack of resolution resulting from COP25 has clearlyexposed the shortfalls of the UN’s climate talks. The first shortfall manifestsitself in the lack of trust between richer and poorer nations, due to a focuson short-term self-protection over long-term survival. As a consequence of thescale of the climate crisis, there is little incentive for countries to takemassively radical action independently. Without the cooperation of othernations, such action would be economically damaging, without having anysignificant impact in reducing heating levels. Albeit being the central focus of COP25, even the technicalissues on which the conference was focused were left largely unresolved. The USbluntly refused to agree to a loss and damage resolution, which wouldrecompensate developing nations bearing the brunt of climate breakdown.Meanwhile, both Brazil and Australia attempted to manipulate the workings of thecarbon market, within which emission cuts are traded from nations exceedingtheir carbon-cutting targets to those failing to reach them, in order to falselyinflate their successes in carbon reduction. Both issues will, hopefully, beresolved at the next round of talks. Much also depends on the UK’s leadership. Five years on fromthe Paris Agreement, COP26 is expected to strengthen commitments to limitingglobal heating, yet COP25’s difficulties around co-operation will not disappear. If the UK fails to reach its owncarbon-cutting targets, it will have almost no leverage to bring about change.Although Boris Johnson has pledged £6bn to improve energy efficiency of homes,he has also vowed to expand air travel, one of the most polluting industries.Furthermore, a post-Brexit trade deal with the US would likely undercut EUenvironmental standards – although again, this will depend on the result of theUS election. Johnson will face a difficult task in any case; to limitwarming to 1.5 degrees, the UN estimates that countries will need to increasetheir ambitions fivefold, cutting emissions by over 7% a year. Achieving thiswill require great diplomatic skill from all parties. However, polling showsthe public is increasingly supportive of radical action, with seven-in-ten UKcitizens wanting urgent climate change action. This may provide the necessarypolitical pressure for COP26 to recommit to the Paris Agreement and prevent adescent into climate catastrophe.
Thousands of visitors jammed the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City on Thursday to celebrate New Year’s Day at the beach.Ocean City’s First Day celebration included a 5-kilometer boardwalk run/walk that drew a record field of about 700 (see results and photos) and the annual First Dip in the Atlantic Ocean that saw an estimated 1,000 hardy souls plunge into the 42-degree water (see our photo gallery).Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer said about 550 signed waivers for the First Dip, and he estimated another 500 participated in the plunge without signing.First Day is part of a celebration that also includes First Night, an evening of family entertainment and activities at multiple venues throughout Ocean City on New Year’s Eve. First Night was attended by 9,400 this year (see story and video)._____Sign up for free daily news updates from Ocean City._____First day events for the first time were sponsored by the HERO Campaign promoting the use of designated drivers — a natural fit for the nonalcoholic celebrations in the family resort.HERO Campaign Chairman Bill Elliott was on hand to watch race and plunge participants sign designated driver pledges, make voluntary contributions and receive commemorative HERO Campaign shirts.The Hero Campaign was established in memory of Elliott’s son, Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township. Elliott was killed in a head-on-collision with a drunken driver on July 22, 2000, two months after graduating with merit from the United States Naval Academy. He was driving home for his mother’s birthday celebration at the time of his death.