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Mar 26, 2015

"We are starting to lose more ice at a faster rate; we're accelerating," says Helen Fricker, a climate scientist at University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In fact, she says the rate of shrinking has increased by 70 percent over the past decade.

Public Radio International
Mar 24, 2015

With its vibrant red coloring, the ruby seadragon hardly seems like a stealthy creature. Yet the marine fish evaded discovery until only recently. The delicate seadragons live exclusively in the waters off the southern coast of Western Australia. For the past 150 years scientists have assumed that there are only two species: the orange-tinted leafy seadragon and the yellow-speckled common seadragon. Then Josefin Stiller, a graduate student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, took a look at a tissue sample sent to her by Perth’s Western Australian Museum. The sample from Perth didn't look like like anything special, but DNA sequencing revealed something else: It came from what seemed to be a third, previously unknown species of seadragon. “It was a huge surprise,” Stiller says.

The Huffington Post
Mar 23, 2015

In recent years, many approaches to framing climate change have been tested on the largely indifferent American public. But there are signs that policy-shapers might finally have hit on a winning way to frame the threat-cum-opportunity posed by the pollution-driven phenomenon of climate change: it is first and foremost an urgent public health crisis. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, a pioneering climate scientist born in India and now at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, echoed this point to me. "You tell me why in the United States we have air pollution laws," he said when we met in Lucknow, one of India's most polluted cities. "Because of climate? Because of (the) ecosystem? No! The whole western European clean air act is [about] health. I don't think Indians are different."

Mar 19, 2015

Scripps Institute of Oceanography provided the boat in which CBS News 8 was able to use to shoot the footage seen in the above video.

Mar 19, 2015

Audrey Evans only needs a quick glance at the ocean to find gray whales. "When they exhale there's a little bit of the water vapor that comes into the air," Evans said. "For a gray whale its about 15 feet high.” Evans says whale spouts can be seen from boats and from land. "And because they have two openings at the top of their head, for blowholes, it creates a heart shaped blow. So the blow is the first thing that we look for," Evans said. The Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography education specialist said whale watchers have spotted more than 700 whales since fall, which is 100 more than a year ago, and this whale migration season still has two months to go.

U-T San Diego
Mar 18, 2015

It was not a fluke, but rather a fluke-less whale that had people in awe this week along the Southern California coast. Whale watchers captured video of the tail-less gray whale off Dana Point Sunday after it swam north from San Diego. “Oh, very shocked, I was very shocked to see it,” said Audrey Evans with Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. “It didn't seem like it should be able swim along at the pace that it was swimming at, just because that driving force of that tail was completely missing,” Evans said. Evans was aboard the Flagship Cruises’ Murrieta Saturday when the group of whale watchers saw the tail-less whale swimming with two normal grey whales off Point Loma.

The Guardian
Mar 18, 2015

Curtailing the Earth sciences mission of NASA would deprive scientists of important data relating to volcanic eruptions, destructive algae growth, extreme weather events and much more, experts warned a week after a confrontation on Capitol Hill over the NASA budget between Senator Ted Cruz and the agency director. At a routine budget hearing, Cruz challenged NASA’s administrator, Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, to explain why funding for the agency’s Earth sciences mission had grown while funding for space exploration had shrunk. Top Earth and space scientists warned, however, that the particular exploration of earth that NASA carries out with satellites could not readily be replicated by a different agency. “NASA is an agency that has incredible expertise in satellites and in getting satellites into space,” said Margaret Leinen, vice-chancellor for marine sciences and director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “And while NOAA does some of that, NASA is the agency that, that’s their bread-and-butter. They are the experts.”

U-T San Diego
Mar 17, 2015

San Diego beaches are 33-50 feet wider than normal due to a lack of strong winter storms, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography says in a report released Tuesday.

Mar 16, 2015

A heat wave that gripped San Diego from Friday through Sunday, the last weekend of winter, shattered previous daytime high temperatures by as much as 9 degrees. Temperatures soared across the county into the 80s and 90s, surpassing the normal mid-March daytime high temperature of 67 degrees. The summer-like temperatures, that are expected to begin breaking down on Monday, are result of a strong high-pressure system and mild Santa Ana winds. "I think what we’re experiencing is in large part natural variability, but it’s also partly driven by the fact that the globe is warming," said Alexander Gershunov, a research meteorologist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Gershunov said the world is warming non-uniformly. He said the West has been warming stronger and more consistently than other regions of the country.

Mar 15, 2015

After several months of speculation due to borderline conditions in the Pacific Ocean, El Niño is finally here, according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. They issued an El Niño advisory on March 5, 2015. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego said: “Typically, the ocean surface warms up by a few degrees Celsius. At the same time, the place where hefty thunderstorms occur on the equator moves eastward. Although those might seem like small differences, it nevertheless can have big effects on the world’s climate.”