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Just about 5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) is dumped into the atmosphere every hour from the burning of fossil fuels. This is the fastest rate of CO2 generation that the earth has experienced in millions of years. It’s been estimated that about a third of the man-made carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels has been absorbed by the oceans, nearly a third by the land, and the rest has accumulated in the atmosphere.

This week, I’m on the road attending the American Meteorological Society (AMS) conference in San Diego. One of the courses that I will be taking is “Understanding the Extent of Climate Change in Extreme Weather Events”. This class will be taught by Admiral (Ret) David Titley. He is the former oceanographer and navigator of the Navy. He is now a professor at Penn State and founding director of Penn State’s Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk.

It was announced this week that Victor Vescovo drove solo to 35,853 feet to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench off the coast of Japan in a submersible named “The Limiting Factor” in April. The pressures at this depth are immense and here is why.

With the interior of California starting to warm up, many people will make their way to the Central Coast to enjoy the Pacific Ocean and the mild temperatures. For those venturing into the ocean, longshore and rip currents pose a safety concern, especially for our vigilant and brave lifeguards, who may have to rescue us.