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How the Rio Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES

How the Rio Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES As I write, the media are directing the world’s eyes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, using people’s love for sports to increase nations’ prestige.  People hear individuals’ stories—the stories about “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat”—which motivates millions, even billions of people to feel…

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I’m Retiring

Retiring is a very personal decision.  I come from the first Space Age generation, from a time when rocket launches were big stories on evening network news.  One idea engineers wanted us to learn is that lifting a satellite into Earth orbit happens in more than 1 stage.  The 1st stage boosts the rest off…

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A Return To An Extraordinary Place

I have to blog.  It’s in my blood, even if nobody ever reads it.  But I just came back from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I could say I was there to see the maples, which are greener this week than Seattle’s maples are.  I could say I went there to see the street birds or the…

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How the Sochi Olympics Helps Countries Win GLORES

As I write, the media are directing the world’s eyes to Sochi, Russia, using winter sports to sell nations’ prestige, individuals’ stories and what ABC’s Wide World of Sports! called “the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat…”  Great numbers of people are engaged, then captivated, then elated or crushed, depending on whether our…

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SkyTruth

Vaudeville comedian Eddie Cantor was right, more or less. He said: I have no biological children.  My sons are not my children; they are my wife’s and her ex-husband’s.  And I haven’t been very successful in getting them interested about the Earth that occupies most of my thinking, even though what happens to the Earth…

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The return of an old crustacean biologist to Costa Rica

As I look out at an Anna’s hummingbird feeding on the red-flowered Phygelius (Cape fuchsia) in my garden, it is hard to really wrap my mind around the idea that I had just left Costa Rica 24 hours ago.  I had the honor of being invited to give a keynote speech to the Crustacean Society’s and…

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Holding our leaders accountable for saving our oceans

In an earlier blog, I started (threatened?) to dialogue with you about the principles necessary to save the Earth.  I haven’t expanded on them because I’ve been almost totally consumed by something we and our allies at Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue released on May 29 called SeaStates 2013 (http://seastates.us/).  Happily, this blog is an opportunity for us to…

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