My longtime good friend Sam Rehnborg and his wife Francesca took off this summer on their 70-foot sailboat for the South Seas, retracing a voyage they made over 30 years ago. They got some rude shocks from the effects of global warming, as he explained in an e-mail to me last week:
“Bottom line for me is that it was a great experience retracing my steps through this part of the world. It only reinforces what I sort of knew anyway about the ocean temperature, which has been averaging up here about 88 degrees F. The fish have disappeared. The corals are bleaching and dying.
The water is getting acidified. The local people are doing the best that they can, but there is not much they can do about some of these big, big changes that are taking place. The efforts are going to have to take place on a much larger scale.”
The photo shows him sailing out from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco this July, heading for The Marquesas Islands. His blog on the trip: www.drsamsblog.com
Sam has a Ph.D. in Biophysics and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and is the president of the Nutrilite Health Institute, makers of vitamins and dietary supplements. He just got back and is motivated to do research on global warming.