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A house tented for termites in San Diego's Rancho Bernardo neighborhood. Photo: Thomas De Wever

California Leads U.S. Emissions of Little-known Greenhouse Gas

State emits more than rest of country combined, new study finds

Astronomical regulator used for precision timekeeping manufactured in 1867. Photo: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons

Global Warming Is Influencing Global Timekeeping

One consequence is giving society a few extra years to prepare for a potential Y2K-style glitch

Ship tracks as seen from the NOAA-20 satellite on April 24, 2019. Photo: NOAA NESDIS

How To Determine if a Potential Geoengineering Strategy Could Work?

Scientists detail research needed to assess viability, risks of marine cloud brightening

On Mount Soledad in La Jolla, ARM radars and a variety of guest instruments collected data during EPCAPE, sometimes from within hovering banks of marine clouds.

EPCAPE Observations at Scripps Pier, Mt. Soledad Wrap Up

Marine cloud-aerosol campaign now enters a phase of energetic data analysis

Canal ditch in West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Canals Used to Drain Peatlands Are Underappreciated Hotspots for Carbon Emissions

The study found that one-third of the organic carbon leached from peatland soils into canal waters gets broken down and released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide

A drying lake near Ensenada, Mexico, 2019. Photo: Photo Beto/istockphoto

Study: Projected Changes in Extreme Precipitation Over Northern Mexico

Study finds that this understudied region may experience significant climate changes, impacting agriculture, the economy and infrastructure

Fire bears down on Los Angeles. Photo: ekash/istockphoto

Extreme Heat, Wildfires Combine to Disproportionately Harm Less Affluent and Communities of Color

California ZIP code-scale survey exposes need for rethinking of public policy, say researchers

Larsen A embayment in the Antarctic Peninsula

New Paper Pinpoints Key Role of NASA Satellites in Monitoring Earth's Vital Signs

All-woman team of researchers shows how 20 years of laser-based observations have improved our understanding of a changing planet

A researcher leads a group of citizen scientists in Antarctica.

Scripps Scientists Journey to Antarctica to Study Key Climate Questions and More

Scripps Oceanography researchers are investigating Earth’s climate history, ice loss, phytoplankton, and marine food webs this field season

Ecosystem Benefits to Humanity Expected to Decline by Nine Percent by 2100

Nature’s Benefits to Decrease as Climate Change Shifts Ecosystems Across Borders

Flooding in Sunamganj in the Sylhet Division of northeastern Bangladesh in June 2022.

Three Decades of Data In Bangladesh Show Elevated Risk of Infant Mortality In Flood-Prone Areas

The findings reveal the long term public health burden of environmental hazards that are predicted to worsen under climate change

Hand-made seaweed lantern and Seaweed Speakeasy event schedule with the ocean in the background

Scripps Oceanography Celebrates Seaweed Diversity in California

The Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps hosts Seaweed Speakeasy as part of the 2023 California Seaweed Festival

CTD underwater

Scientists Publish 37-Year Record of Ocean Acidification off Southern California

The longest ocean time series of dissolved carbon dioxide in the Pacific — part of the “Keeling Curve of the ocean” — is revealed

COP28 Dubai Ocean Declaration Logo

Ocean Pavilion Partners Unveil COP28 Dubai Ocean Declaration in Advance of UN Climate Conference

Declaration recognizes the critical role of the ocean in regulating climate change, calls for increased ocean observations

Atmospheric River Reconnaissance Flights Begin

On the heels of an exceptionally wet year, an expanded data collection program using Air Force and NOAA aircraft will begin flights over the Pacific from November through March

Dubai skyline

UC San Diego Delegation to Attend Annual UN Climate Conference in Dubai

Meet the students and faculty from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and School of Global Policy and Strategy who are headed to COP28

An aerial view of the Denman Glacier ice tongue in East Antarctica

Meltwater Flowing Beneath Antarctic Glaciers May Be Accelerating Their Retreat

Simulations showed that this process accelerated sea-level rise by 15% by 2300, suggesting it should be factored into future projections

Image: Satellite sea surface temperature departure in the Pacific Ocean for the month of October 2015, where darker orange-red colors are above normal temperatures and are indicative of El Niño.

What is El Niño?

Scripps Oceanography experts explain phenomenon and its global impacts

The ice edge of an ice shelf in Antarctica

Antarctica’s Floating Boundary Moves up to Nine Miles with the Tide

Satellite reveals back-and-forth movement of the boundary between Antarctica’s grounded ice sheet and floating ice shelf

Macaws in the Amazon rainforest. Photo: Ricardo Stukert/iPhoto

Improved Model of the Carbon Cycle Can Help Verify Reported Emissions

Model reduces uncertainty on contributions of land-based ecosystems to atmospheric CO2 concentrations

Hoyo Negro virtual dive.

UNESCO Recognizes International Team for Sustainable Underwater Archaeology Efforts

UC San Diego researchers and Mexican colleagues lauded for work on the Yucatán Peninsula

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Grapevine

Warming Is Shifting Napa’s Wine Growing Season

Higher temperatures have advanced the wine grape growing season nearly a month earlier compared to the 1950s

Storm waves lash city streets in Pacifica, California

California’s Winter Waves May Be Increasing Under Climate Change

New research used 90 years of seismic data to infer wave heights, creating an unprecedented record of the waves that have pounded California’s coast

Scripps biological oceanographer and mission leader Lisa Levin (third from left) with students and colleagues before Alvin’s July 16 deployment

Scripps Researchers to Explore Deep-Sea Methane Seeps in Alvin Submersible

Expedition hopes to better understand how far the chemicals from seeps spread underwater, and which organisms can utilize them as a food source

A tropical cyclone spins over the Pacific Ocean, churning the water with its powerful winds.

New Measurements Suggest Tropical Cyclones May Influence Global Climate

Scripps researchers find that tropical cyclones cause deeper and longer lasting ocean warming than previously thought, setting the stage for unexpected and far reaching implications

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