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Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii. Photo: NOAA

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New High

Peak monthly average of 421 parts per million is 50 percent greater than pre-industrial levels

Researchers with Adam Young carrying a LIDAR drone on the beach.

As California Cliffs Erode, UC San Diego Team Works to Track and Understand these Changes

Advanced imaging and geotechnical technology powering understanding of our coastline and its hazards

scientist studying beaker

Deciphering the Biosynthetic Gene Cluster for Potent Freshwater Toxin

Scientific discovery enables future monitoring of harmful toxin

Dante Capone headshot

Scripps Student Spotlight: Dante Capone

PhD student researches how California wildfires affect coastal marine plankton

Istock photo of smoggy Los Angeles

New Evidence Suggests California’s Environmental Policies Preferentially Protect Whites

Systemic racism could explain why minorities are exposed to more pollution throughout the state

Geisel library at sunset

UC San Diego Receives $7.35 Million in Federal Community Project Funding

Federal funding will aid ocean dumpsite and cliff erosion research, and improve telehealth offerings

Damage to Oroville Dam spillway, Feb. 27, 2017. Photo: Dale Kolke/Calif. DWR

Climate Change Identified as Contributor to Oroville Dam Spillway Incident

Case study of weather triggering the 2017 crisis points to how atmospheric rivers are impacted by global warming

 Satellite imagery of the Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in the South Pacific Ocean on January 15, 2022. (CSU/CIRA and JAXA/JMA)

Tonga Tsunami a Reminder of Need for Better Global Detection Network

International effort to deploy new technology could greatly improve warning systems

Photo: Rawpixel/iStockPhoto

Variable Precipitation Linked to Rising Infectious Disease among Young Children Worldwide

Global database analysis spotlights higher risk in low-to-middle-income nations

San Francisco skyline during October 2020 wildfire

Exposure to Wildfire Smoke Increased Number of Bay Area COVID Deaths

Review of 2020 health data suggests wildfires made COVID victims more vulnerable

U.S. Air Force Reserves "Hurricane Hunters" fly atmospheric rivers

Atmospheric River Storm Observations over Pacific Ocean to Expand This Winter

Filling data gaps will improve precipitation forecasts for western states

Outfall from San Antonio de los Buenos sewage treatment plant at Punta Banderas, Mexico

U.S.-Mexico Border Wastewater Transport Model Suggests Solutions to Reduce Coastal Contamination

Researchers model a variety of border sewage treatment scenarios, finding the best solution that provides greatest safety to the health of beachgoers

mask floating in ocean

New Study Pinpoints Likely Path of COVID-Related Plastic Waste in the Ocean

Researchers use a new model to project where the surge of mismanaged medical waste will end up—including beaches, seabeds, and the Arctic Ocean

The La Palma eruption plume. Photo by James Day.

On the ground at the La Palma eruption

Scripps geologist James Day writes about returning to the volcanic island where he did research for his PhD

Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier

UC San Diego Works to Mitigate Possible Oil Impacts from Spill off Huntington Beach

Mitigation measures under way at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium to protect marine organisms while oceanographers assist in wind and current forecasts

High-Frequency Acoustic Recording Package (HARP) on the deck of R/V Pelican

Dodging Hurricane Ida While Listening to a Changing Gulf

Supercharged storms, marine mammal movements have human influence as a common cause

Photo: Stockmagen/iStockPhoto

First Link between Stillbirths, Birth Complications and Excessive Heat in Lower-income Countries

Researchers call for improvements in early-warning systems

Scripps Receives $2.5 Million to Lead New Coastal Cliff Research

Scientists hope to get better understanding of cliff failures, could lay groundwork for future alert system

A wave glider in the ocean

NOAA Awards More Than $7 million for California Ocean Observing

Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System at Scripps Oceanography among nationwide research groups awarded

Natalie Grayson portrait

Scripps Student Spotlight: Natalie Grayson

A PhD student researches how pollutants including DDT affect marine microorganisms

Prado Dam overview

Water Supply Reliability Expected to Improve at Southern California’s Prado Dam

New trial for using advanced weather forecasts to retain more water proves successful

Researchers use Remotely Operated Vehicle SuBastian to collect sediment push cores and collect video footage, data that will assess how this stretch of deep sea is responding to DDT.

Scientists Explore Mineral-Rich Seafloor, DDT Dump Sites; Discover Methane Seep, Whale Fall

Exploratory dives off California coast in waste dumping grounds and areas of potential mining will advance understanding of human impacts on deep-sea ecosystem

Deployment of phased array Doppler sonar (PADS) unit

Researchers Observe Potential Impacts of Seafloor Mining

Team uses field data to create a model to show behavior of sediment plumes

Africa's Sahel region has endured devastating droughts in the past half-century. Photo: IAEA

Simulation Points Out Possibilities and Pitfalls of Regional Geoengineering Schemes

Model demonstrates that ending drought in one African region reduces rainfall in another

Camp Pendleton fire, 2014

Expert Team Issues Report on Regional Responses to Climate Change

Coordination needed to build resilience

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