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Okeanos Events in San Francisco this week!

Capacitor and Fort Mason Center present Okeanos, a dance-circus ocean sensory immersion devoted to improving human-ocean relations. Inspired by Bali’s coral reefs and Monterey’s Kelp forest, Okeanos was developed in collaboration with world-renowned marine biologists and oceanographers. This dance/circus performance incorporates choreography, apparatus, and set design by Capacitor Artistic Director Jodi Lomask, along with dance video, underwater cinematography, vocal improvisations, and electonic music punctuated with the voices of Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Tierney Thys. The complete schedule of events, beginning with the Big Blue & TedX San Francisco at Thursday’s Okeanos Premiere and including a panel discussion hosted by National Geographic, “Ocean Explorers” on Saturday featuring a personal appearance by Dr. Earle, is at the following link: OKEANOS. …
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James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge expedition

Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence James Cameron announced that he will attempt to reach the world’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench, nearly 7 miles (11.2 km) beneath the ocean’s surface, in the next few days. Cameron’s dive in his specially designed submersible marks the launch of Deepsea Challenge, a joint scientific project by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex to conduct deep-ocean research and exploration to expand our knowledge and understanding of these largely unknown parts of the planet. Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic DEEPSEA CHALLENGER, the submersible designed by explorer and filmmaker James Cameron and his engineering team to travel to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, is lowered into the water for testing off the coast of Australia.…
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We All Live in a Yellow Submarine

Ricardo Cisneros and I joined Hector Guzman’s science team over at the Sea Hunter ship just in time to see them pull up the collected specimens from the morning science exploration dive. Collected by a manipulator arm around 200 meters depth, Hector placed the specimens into white trays for further analysis. There were corals, tube worms, black coral, a sea pen, bryozoans, pink stylaster coral, a brittle star, and a black solitary cup coral.  After sub dive training and a review of a 3-d terrain model of Hannibal Bank, where Hector pointed out what we’d next be first exploring ever, Ricardo and I donned our jumpsuits and prepared to get in the sub. Ricardo was filled with great enthusiasm, as it was his first sub dive ever and he never thought he’d get to be a real aquanaut!…
Posted in Coiba, Dr. Sylvia Earle, national geographic, Panama, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute |

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Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi Summit Begins Today

Abu Dhabi December 12, 2011 Courtesy of WAM/Emirates News Agency Edited by Deb Castellana Running through the 15th of December at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC),  the Eye on Earth Abu Dhabi Summit and Exhibition will draw attention to the gap that exists between the need for better information about the environment and the efforts being made thus far to address the issue. Decision-makers worldwide will be asked to share their data in The Summit’s development initiatives.   “The United Arab Emirates and Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) looks forward to welcoming both local and international and to move toward developing a unified framework to keep the global environment under continuous review and improve access to environmental and societal data,” said H.…
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Sylvia Speaks at The Aspen Institute Environmental Forum

May 30 – June 2, 2011 By 2050, the world’s human population will probably have risen above nine billion, but it will also be on the verge of stabilizing after two centuries of explosive growth. Before us lies 40 years in the wilderness; beyond 2050 lies what we have to hope is a promised land. Getting there will take not just technical solutions that make life on earth sustainable; it will take a sustaining vision of our place on the planet. This year’s Aspen Environment Forum, in conjunction with National Geographic, explores the shifts in thinking and imagination that will be required to rise to the awesome challenge, from ways of reorganizing urban ecosystems, to preserving biodiversity and providing a stable climate, clean air, clean water and food for a growing global population.…
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