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Christian Science Monitor
Jun 29, 2016
For millions of years the Adélie penguins have thrived within the natural ebb and flow of temperatures on the Antarctic continent. During colder periods, when glaciers would expand to cover the penguins' preferred rocky breeding grounds, the species' colonies would relocate. During warmer periods when glacier ice would melt, revealing the rocky earth, the penguin colonies would return to old nesting areas. But this way of life may no longer be sustainable for these penguins, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Scientific Reports. "It is only in recent decades that we know Adélie penguin population declines are associated with warming, which suggests that many regions of Antarctica have warmed too much and that further warming is no longer positive for the species," lead author Megan Cimino, who earned her doctoral degree at the University of Delaware in May and is now a postdoctoral scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, said in a press release.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 26, 2016
In addition to the arena, the proposed development would include three hotels with a combined 1,700 rooms, 325,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, 125,000 square feet of office space, a 10,000-square-foot Scripps Institution of Oceanography learning center and a 2,000-square-foot area for educational and outreach activities by the San Diego Symphony.

The Seattle Times
Jun 22, 2016
Besides Howell, the other co-authors of the study were Bridget Smith-Konter and Neil Frazer, also at the University of Hawaii; Xiaopeng Tong of the University of Washington; and David Sandwell, of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 20, 2016
The long-held belief by scientists that manta rays gracefully roam vast stretches of the open ocean may not be true. “Our research shows that manta rays stay in comparatively small areas,” said Joshua Stewart, a doctoral student in marine biology at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Jun 15, 2016
Maya deVries, a researcher with Scripps Institution of Oceanography, discusses ocean acidic levels and their effect on intertidal marine life, June 15, 2016. She was speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in San Diego.

Jun 15, 2016
Meanwhile, at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, researchers are developing new prediction tools for so-called “atmospheric river” storms, which can deliver as much as 50 percent of an entire year’s rainfall in a few days. It was such a storm that brought record rain and flooding to parts of Louisiana in March.

The Washington Post
Jun 13, 2016
Scientists who measure and forecast the concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere said Monday that we may have passed a key turning point. Humans walking the Earth today will probably never live to see carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere once again fall below a level of 400 parts per million (ppm), at least when measured at the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, where the longest global record of Co2 has been compiled. “Our forecast supports the suggestion that the Mauna Loa record will never again show CO2 concentrations below the symbolic 400 ppm within our lifetimes,” write the researchers, led by Richard Betts of the U.K. Met Office’s Hadley Center, in Nature Climate Change. The study was conducted with colleagues from the Hadley Centre and Ralph Keeling of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in Calif.

The Guardian
Jun 13, 2016
Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will shatter the symbolic barrier of 400 parts per million (ppm) this year and will not fall below it our in our lifetimes, according to a new Met Office study. Carbon dioxide measurements at the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii are forecast to soar by a record 3.1ppm this year – up from an annual average of 2.1ppm – due in large part to the cyclical El Niño weather event in the Pacific, the paper says. Prof Ralph Keeling of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, a co-author on the paper, said: “Back in September last year, we suspected that we were measuring CO2 concentrations below 400 ppm for the last time. Now it is looking like this was indeed the case.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 13, 2016
The OliverMcMillan plan includes a Scripps Institution of Oceanography learning center on Embarcadero Marina Park North.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jun 10, 2016
NASA astronaut Jessica Meir visited UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography on Friday as part of the university's commencement celebration. The 38 year-old Meir, who earned her doctorate at Scripps, took time to discuss how her career is unfolding, and explain NASA's long-term plans to place humans on Mars.