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USC News
Aug 27, 2015

If there’s one message to take away from Racing Extinction, the new environmental documentary from Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos (The Cove), it’s this: If we don’t act to stop climate change now, humanity won’t go out with a bang but more likely with a whimper. Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s Norman Lear Center, presented a preview of the documentary on Aug. 24, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A that featured Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, along with others. 


Yale Climate Connections
Aug 26, 2015

What will it take to motivate the public to address climate change? V. Ramanathan of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego believes it will require a three-pronged approach. He says the first two, science and governance, are already well established on this issue. RAMANATHAN: “The missing third leg is the role of faith and religion.” Ramanathan says behavior change will require a fundamental change in attitude by the general public – and not just anyone can make that happen. "Neither scientists, nor technologists, nor our national leaders have that authority. But faith leaders, and religious leaders have that authority. We have not so far seen the value faith and religion brings to the table in solving environmental problems.”


Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Aug 26, 2015

This Aug. 11, 2009 photo, provided by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, shows a patch of sea garbage in the Pacific Ocean.


USC News
Aug 26, 2015

While earthquakes along tectonic plate boundaries are caused by motion between the plates, earthquakes away from fault lines are primarily driven by motion beneath the plates, according to a new study published by USC scientist Thorsten Becker in Nature on Aug. 27. Becker and Lowry collaborated with researchers from University Roma Tre in Italy, the University of New Mexico, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


La Jolla Light
Aug 25, 2015

During the Aug. 13 La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) meeting, 39th District State Senator and La Jolla resident Marty Block noted that Gov. Jerry Brown, while in San Diego just days before to address the drought, vowed to cut San Diego some slack in complying with the state’s stern water mandate. “The folks from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego came to us and told me there are rivers in the atmosphere you can’t see, but that regularly come through and basically have as much water as the Mississippi River,” Block said, noting his bill seeks to provide $9 million for research to tap into these rivers in the sky when they soar past San Diego. “We’re not very good at predicting when they’re going to be here and we’re not very good at tapping the water source.” Block said Scripps researchers, including Martin Ralph, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Western Weather & Water Extremes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, told him researchers are working to develop a method to “properly seed these rivers when they’re coming over California to dump water on California. If we have additional infrastructure we can collect that water, whether it’s large reservoirs or just individual folks having large tanks to use water themselves.”


KPBS
Aug 25, 2015

The new research center announced in La Jolla this week will focus on practical applications for dealing with the consequences of climate change. The collaboration between UC San Diego and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, called the "Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation," will promote cross disciplinary communication to find solutions for  adapting to the potentially damaging changes that are coming. The center will be a portal through which to access research being done on climate change at both institutions, and a "one-stop-shop" for governments, organizations and individuals seeking help with issues that come up, according to Scripps director Margaret Leinen. "We're not going to be telling someone how storm surge works, but who it's going to impact, and what can be done to mitigate the damage," she said.


KPBS
Aug 24, 2015

A new research center aimed at addressing how humans will live in a world shaped by climate change was established Monday in San Diego.

Officials at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego announced the creation of the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at a morning press conference.


The San Diego Union-Tribune
Aug 24, 2015

A Del Mar energy executive gave UC San Diego $5 million Monday to help find ways to cope with the harmful impacts of the world's changing climate.

Richard Hertzberg and his wife Carol used the money to create the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a pioneer in climate change research.


Los Angeles Daily News
Aug 24, 2015

Researchers from California’s top universities agree with scientists across the globe that climate change is not some future threat but is already happening, causing extreme weather, record-breaking heat, mega wildfires and shifting migration patterns. Scientists said unchecked climate change in California could raise sea levels from 2 meters to 5 meters and require the relocation of Los Angeles International Airport and San Diego International Airport, said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, an advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown on climate issues.


CBS 8
Aug 24, 2015

When the boat The Horizon docked at the H&M landing, shark divers said their experience swimming with sharks and other mammals was amazing, but turned magical when they spotted a pod of orcas swimming right next to their boat near Ensenada. The captain and his crew spotted the pod of orcas off the Baja coast near Ensenada during the last leg of their shark diving adventure in Guadalupe. According to Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, orca sightings off of Baja are not rare, but are unusual. In fact, they are considered transients that cruise the California coast all the time, according to Birch Aquarium Spokeswoman Hallie Johnson.