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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apr 27, 2016
Amid the gloomy forecast of climate change, climatologist Richard Somerville sees a glimmer of light. Somerville, a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will speak at UC San Diego Thursday about the prospects for turning the tide on the worst impacts of global warming. “This is not a gloom and doom issue,” Somerville said. “It’s a serious issues but the world is taking the right steps to deal with it in a rational way.”

Fox 5
Apr 27, 2016
Coronado residents have found a few seahorses on the coastline and scientists say it’s likely because of El Niño. The reason it’s unusual is this particular species known as the Pacific Seahorse is normally found hanging out in the waters off central Baja all the way down to Peru. “The frequency of us seeing them is attributed to the same time of year or the same seasons we’ve had warmer periods of warm water in the ocean which many people attribute to El Niño," said Leslee Matsushige, curator of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Matsushige said warmer waters in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, caused by El Niño, bring many unexpected tropical species north through a mix of rising sea-surface temperatures and altered currents.

Apr 27, 2016
This winter’s El Niño may have been a dud rain-wise. Southern California saw less than half the precipitation it normally gets despite predictions of a conveyor belt of storms pummeling the region. Still, the phenomenon did bring warmer than average ocean temperatures and some extremely high tides. And that was a big silver lining for scientists hoping to learn more about how climate change is expected to affect coastal areas in the future. "It’s incredibly useful for thinking about our future" said Sarah Giddings, a researcher with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. For much of the winter, water along the coastline was about 20 centimeters higher than average, leading to erosion and even flooding, Giddings explained. Climate change is expected to create similar conditions, as green house gases heat up the planet and ice caps melt, pushing sea levels higher.

Apr 26, 2016
Researchers are shining a light on sharks that can glow in the dark, and they are using a special designed camera to capture the incredible images of the creatures that live right off the San Diego coast. Researchers used the shark-eye camera, developed to mimic the vision of bio-fluorescent sharks, and dove into the deep waters of the Scripps Canyon. According to Dimitri Deheyn, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the sharks communicate with each other through visual communication, which is critical to the underwater world.

The Orange County Register
Apr 24, 2016
On Balboa Island, during especially high tides, water from the bay burbles up through cracks in the sidewalk and laps at the top of 80-year-old sea walls, which loom several feet above lower-lying walkways. It’s an occasional nuisance. But scientists say that within the lifetime of people now being born, such flooding, exacerbated by ever higher tides and storm surges, will become increasingly common in several Orange County coastal communities as sea levels rise as much as several feet. “Something that wouldn’t have been a big flood previously will become a much more significant flood,” said Timu Gallien, who researches sea level rise at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Most coastal Orange County cities are beginning to act by incorporating sea level rise projections into planning documents and general plan updates, but many scientists and officials warn it’s too little and coming too slowly.

Cape Cod Times
Apr 24, 2016
Whales, like humans, sometimes look for love in the wrong places. So it may be with "52," a whale with an underwater call at a unique, 52-hertz frequency, which may be looking and looking and looking for true love, with no success — at least according to a documentary that’s in the works based on the research of the late Falmouth oceanographer William Watkins. Scientists have picked up the unique calls for the past five years off southern California, according to Ana Sirovic, an oceanographer with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who was part of the October trip. While Scripps researchers were locating and tagging calling whales, they were also keeping an ear out for 52, Sirovic said.

USA Today
Apr 22, 2016
Mario Molina shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1995 for work on chlorofluorocarbons and teaches at the University of California, San Diego. V. Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons, and is professor of atmospheric and climate science at UC San Diego. Durwood Zaelke is president of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development.