A group of performers were halfway across the Pacific Ocean in a 75ft sailing boat when the coronavirus pandemic erupted. Suddenly countries began closing their sea borders - leaving the vessel with no guarantee of a safe haven before the start of the typhoon season.
When the crew of the Arka Kinari left Mexico on 21 February they, like everyone else, were aware of the coronavirus. They had no idea, though, how soon it would affect them and how seriously. They say they joked about it being just a Mexican beer. But approaching Hawaii six weeks later, they picked up a radio signal.
Debating shipping’s decarbonisation pathways on this week’s podcast: Peter Boyd from Yale University, Matthieu de Tugny from Bureau Veritas, Tristan Smith from University College London’s Energy Institute and Adrian Tolson from Blue Insight.
CORONAVIRUS has bowled the decarbonisation debate a curve-ball, but it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the post-Covid global economy will feature some hefty green recovery incentives from those governments looking for an ‘intelligent recovery’.
The shipping industry is in the phase of piloting, trials and research development deployment — a process that was always going to be dependent on government support — and there’s a world in which that happens faster as a result of coronavirus.
With all the drama of the Covid-19 lockdown, master waka voyager Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr forgot he was about to receive one of New Zealand's highest honours.
"Since the lowdown, we've just been in this small bubble of our family and some of our crew members.
Christiana Figueres, head of the UN climate change response that led to the Paris Agreement in 2015, said the $10-20 trillion being spent on economic recovery packages around the world would not be repeated.
“We thought this was the decisive decade for climate change. No. Forget it. This is it,” she said.
“Those 10 years that we thought we had have now been shrunk into basically anywhere between three to 18 months because by the end of those 18 months all the decisions, and in fact most of the allocations of the recovery packages, will have been made.”