Her Deepness

The lady of the deep, oceanographer, explorer and all around bad ass, Dr. Sylvia Earle.

I had the great pleasure of hearing Dr. Earle speak last weekend.  I am in total crush status.  Sylvia Earle is like the real deal Gidget, but before hanging out at the beach blanket bingo, Dr. Earle is like ‘I’m going to go live on the bottom of the ocean for two weeks where I’ll be busy looking at coral and talking to dolphins. Catch ya on the flip side!’

Fact- she lived under water for two weeks (google Tektite Project).  Fact- she still holds the deepest female dive.  And, all in the name of striving to understand what lies beneath the ocean’s surface.  She’s incredibly passionate about Earth’s oceans, preserving the diverse ecosystem and continuing to discover more about the great giver of life- the ocean.

The ocean is vital to humans existence on earth.  In the natural cycle of things, the ocean absorbs Carbon Dioxide (CO2).  Carbon Dioxide is a part of the natural cycle of the earth, but human created CO2 emissions are greatly adding to the normal cycle of CO2 creation and absorption.  As a result, CO2 collects in the atmosphere and obstructs solar heat from escaping back to space. To break this down- solar rays travel from the sun to the earth, and some (not all) basically bounce off the earth back towards space.  But, they get stopped by CO2- i.e., heat gets captured in our atmosphere, arguably more than usual because of an increasing abundance of CO2.  In the ocean’s effort to absorb more CO2, it’s throwing the ocean off balance and leading to issues like ‘ocean acidification’. The ocean is more acidic than it used to be.  I don’t know about you but my stomach is not happy when its more acidic…. need to keep those pH levels balanced in our bodies as well as our ocean!

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Photo by Jeremy Bishop

Oh, and she’s glamorous!  Hello?! Science and glamour? Yes please.  She was a 2014 Glamour Woman of the Year.

Cheers to Inspiration Sundays!  Sylvia inspires me.  What inspires you?


Golden State..

….. Warriors!  Let’s go!  Yes, they lost last night but just need one more game to wrap up the NBA championship.

And, in other news somewhat buried by other more ‘sensational’ items of the week (think Comey hearings), this picture sums up the shift we are seeing on many fronts in America.  But, of course, my thoughts are dedicated to energy  ….


Let’s decompose-
Place: China
Time: Last week
Handshake left: California Governor Jerry Brown
Handshake right: US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Who does it look like China has more interest in talking to about energy policy?  Indeed, CA the 9th largest economy in the world who’s looking at heading to 100% renewable energy over the Secretary of Energy post the US puling out of the Paris Agreement on emission reductions. China is maintaining their position in the Paris agreement and positioning themselves to be a global leader.  And, it appears the States are stepping up to be leaders where the Federal Government falters.

Golden State for the win.

Happy Weekend,