today is the launch of the international polar year...which i first heard about at the Yukon Quest, because each dogsled carried a package of stamped envelopes to be mailed in honour of the Polar Year.
what is the International Polar Year? i'm still trying to figure that out. seems to be an excuse to study polar conditions, seguewaying into the climate change on everyone's agenda. their website breaks things down into atmosphere, people, land, ice, oceans, & space...polar space?!? there's apparently an event in Paris (not because it's a polar city but because of the French Antarctic explorers).
unfortunately, so far the main IPY event i'd like to see is an exhibit "From Polar Bears to Penguins"...which is being held in Sudbury, Ontario.