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Jan 19, 2014

Climate models agree on projections of changing rainfall patterns from future warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean.

New York Times
Jan 19, 2014

 “If You See Something, Say Something,” is the headline on a Sunday Op-Ed article by Michael E. Mann, the Penn State climate scientist who, after years of attacks from groups fighting restrictions on greenhouse gases, has become a prominent climate and political campaigner, as well.

The Takeaway
Jan 17, 2014

Lately there’s been a lot of buzz about crowdfunding and crowdsourcing science. Ralph Keeling, director of the Scripps CO2 and O2 programs at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is also tapping the power of crowdfunding. He joins The Takeaway to explain his efforts to help fund his work, which focuses on keeping track of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, and the slowly decreasing supply of oxygen. Keeling’s carbon dioxide measurements include the so–called “Keeling Curve” record started by his father, Charles David Keeling, in the late 1950s.

Alaska Journal of Commerce
Jan 16, 2014

Walmart reps were in Juneau last week to learn more about Alaska’s salmon fisheries, and to make sure management is up to snuff with the company’s sustainability criteria. Alaska’s salmon industry opted out of the high-priced certifying program that Walmart uses as its seafood purchasing standard, the London-based Marine Stewardship Council. Alaska instead adopted the UN-sanctioned Responsible Fisheries Management, or RFM, program for “well managed” certification, a label that has become practically a requirement in most seafood buying and selling today. Now scientists have found that ocean acidification, or OA, also changes fish behavior. Normal fish are used to moving between the shaded and light parts of a kelp forest, for example, looking for food or interacting with other fish. Studies by Martín Tresguerres, a marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, show that OA affects their neurons in a way that makes them feel more threatened, and they prefer to stay more sheltered.

Australian Geographic
Jan 16, 2014

Breeding on ice shelves may help protect against climate change. Images from satellites and aircraft have revealed a previously unknown breeding behaviour in emperor penguins – one which may help them better adapt to climate change. Scientists had thought these birds formed breeding colonies exclusively on sea ice. Now, a new survey from the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has found new colonies breeding on ice shelves at four locations across Antarctica.

Sci-Tech Today
Jan 15, 2014

As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns.
But meteorologists have fixed their attention on the scientific phenomenon they say is to blame for the emerging drought: a vast zone of high pressure in the atmosphere off the West Coast, nearly four miles high and 2,000 miles long, so stubborn that one researcher has named it the "Ridiculously Resilient Ridge." "I wish I had a really good answer for this," said Daniel Cayan, an oceanographer and atmospheric scientist with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. "It's unusual for the pattern to have not broken down to allow some relatively active, vigorous winter storm systems to track across California."

U-T San Diego
Jan 15, 2014

It was 4:31 a.m. on a Monday, and one side of the fault had lurched over the other beneath Northridge, producing a magnitude 6.7 temblor that was felt as far away as San Diego and Las Vegas. The handful of fairly crude seismic sensors that were in place across Southern California on Jan. 17, 1994 have been replaced by a dense, highly sensitive network of real-time instruments that capture both the dynamism of a quake, and the slow, long-term motion of faults everywhere. The network, partly created by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, coincided with advances in high resolution imaging that have better defined the gnarled and gnarly topography of California. From that, scientists have been able to discover, or more closely see, faults, including the sort of buried blind thrust system that produced the Northridge quake. Such research always raises an old question: When is Southern California going to get an earthquake early warning alert system?“We’re closer to having a system like this than most people think,” says Yehuda Bock, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The Atlantic
Jan 14, 2014

It has been an exceptionally good year for whale watching in California. In past seasons, sightseers off Monterey typically spotted two or three humpbacks on a single afternoon at sea.

San Jose Mercury News
Jan 13, 2014

As California struggles through a run of historically dry weather, most residents are looking at falling reservoir levels, dusty air and thirsty lawns.
Jan 10, 2014

Earth continues to heat up, while governments sit idly by. Some see a savior in crowdfunding — but will it work?