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NBC 7 San Diego
Jul 30, 2015
<p>A decision on whether to allow SeaWorld San Diego to build larger tanks for orca whales has been stalled by an outpouring of negative response to the proposal. The California Coastal Commission has delayed a vote on whether to allow the San Diego park to build the larger tanks after receiving 75,000 letters and emails, mostly opposing the plan. Opponents feel the larger killer whale environments mask the larger issue: orcas in captivity. &ldquo;The proposed Blue World project will provide not only an expanded habitat for whales, but also new opportunities for researchers to conduct studies that will benefit killer whales and other cetaceans in the wild,&rdquo; said Dr. Paul J. Ponganis, research physiologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. &ldquo;In addition, a dynamic animal environment like Blue World may inspire a host of future marine biologists, veterinarians and other scientists.&rdquo;</p>

NBC San Diego
Jul 28, 2015
<p>While the outlook for a strong El Ni&ntilde;o this winter looks good, one San Diego expert said it would do little to ease the drought. Marty Ralph, a climatologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, said San Diego County&rsquo;s lakes and reservoirs are more than a year behind in terms of water levels, so it would take an extremely wet winter to get back on track.</p>

Jul 27, 2015
<p>David Pierce is a climate researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He said the newest photos also show warmer than usual water off the West Coast, something researchers are referring to as the blob. &quot;It is mostly a response to weather, rather than a forcing of weather. However, if you&#39;re right along the coast, as are people here in San Diego, then it can have some mild effects if you are quite near the water,&quot; Pierce said.</p>

United Press International
Jul 24, 2015
<p>Those who survived the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake that ravaged Nepal in April of 2015 likely have little interest in detailing the deadly quake&#39;s trajectory. But that&#39;s exactly scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography have done. In an effort to better understand the movement of major earthquakes, researchers have mapped out how the rumbles played out over the course of several harrowing minutes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Star Tribune
Jul 24, 2015
<p>The level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere July 22 measured 400.82 at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, where annual, monthly, weekly, and daily records are kept. That compares with a measurement of 398.40 on that date last year.</p>

York University
Jul 22, 2015
<p>Professor Katharine Anderson, who teaches the history of science and technology, is the 2015 recipient of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography&rsquo;s Ritter Memorial Fellowship.</p>

Sacramento Bee
Jul 19, 2015
<p>Gov. Jerry Brown went off to the Vatican for high-profile talks this week on climate change. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a climate scientist and professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, said he proposed inviting Brown to speak because California offers proof that climate change is &ldquo;not an unsolvable problem.&rdquo;</p>

NSF Science 360
Jul 17, 2015
<p>A pair of paleobiologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, have determined that the world&rsquo;s most numerous and diverse vertebrates--ray-finned fish--began their ecological dominance of the oceans 66 million years ago, aided by the mass extinction event that killed off dinosaurs. Researchers analyzed the microscopic teeth of fish found in sediment cores around the world and found that the abundance of ray-finned fish teeth began to explode in the aftermath of the mass die-off of species, which was triggered by an asteroid strike in the Yucatan Peninsula. Scientists refer to this episode as the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event.</p>

Jul 17, 2015
<p>World War II came to an end 70 years ago this summer. In August 1945, the conflict left 73,515 U.S. soldiers missing.&nbsp; Ever since, the U.S. military has chipped away at that last number. More recently, they&rsquo;ve received a little help from underwater robots, reports Peter Rowe of The San Diego Union Tribune. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the University of Delaware and other institutions have teamed up with military historians to find the final resting places of the WWII missing in action. The project is called BentProp. It&rsquo;s been around since 1993, explains Rowe. So far, BentProp divers and historians have recovered eight soldiers&rsquo; remains with many more waiting to be authenticated. While mapping and studying coral reefs around the islands of Palau in the South Pacific, Scripps oceanographers Eric Terrell and Mark Moline ran into BentProp volunteer divers.</p>

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Jul 16, 2015
<p>I lived for a decade in San Diego and reported on its two borders, the Pacific and Mexico. I recently returned to spend a few days in my old haunts including Ocean Beach, La Jolla and the border. I visited with Margaret Leinen, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, at its meandering cliffside campus in La Jolla. She told me of many new initiatives taking place there including a soon-to-be-created center for climate impacts and adaptation, a center to look at more traditional hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis, ongoing work with creating ocean observation systems and a center on the ocean and human health that will go beyond our traditional focus on seafood safety and harmful algal blooms &ndash; or even bio-prospecting for the next cancer cure.</p>