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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apr 19, 2016

Boston Globe
Apr 17, 2016
In the mid 1950s, Charles Keeling was a postdoc in geochemistry at Caltech. While there, he built the first instrument that could accurately measure CO2 concentrations in atmospheric samples. He tried his new device out on trips around California, but it was only when he moved to Scripps Institution of Oceanography that was able to begin an experiment that has outlived him. Beginning in 1956, Keeling and his successors have measured atmospheric CO2 at an observatory high on the flanks of Mauna Loa, one of the two giant volcanoes that dominate the Big Island of Hawaii. There is nothing there to confound the work — no smokestacks, cars, anything. The graph that records what they’ve found over six decades is now called the Keeling Curve — and it is unequivocal.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apr 16, 2016
It’s an inescapable reality: El Niño stripped away a lot of sand from local beaches this winter, leaving chattering cobblestones in its wake. So it begs the question — how much sand was lost? And will it return? To find answers, a city of Encinitas employee and intern have been dragging a wagon outfitted with GPS technology over Moonlight Beach and Cardiff State Beach. Besides benefiting Encinitas decision-makers, the data will supplement research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego looking at where offshore sand goes.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Apr 15, 2016

The Desert Sun
Apr 14, 2016
What global warming means for our water supplies. Among firs and cedars high in the Sierra Nevada, scientists are using an array of instruments to monitor the health of the forest, measure the snowpack and track the water that melts and seeps into the soil. With warming, demands for water also will tend to increase in the Southwest as the same amount of irrigated acreage will grow thirstier, and as more water will evaporate off the landscape. “The Colorado system is really vulnerable to climate warming,” said Dan Cayan, a climate researcher with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the U.S. Geological Survey. He pointed to recent research indicating that for every 1 degree Celsius of warming, the Colorado River could lose somewhere between 5 percent and 10 percent of its flow.

Scientific American
Apr 14, 2016
Fueled by people's pyromania and the El Niño global weather phenomenon, carbon dioxide concentrations reached 409.44 parts per million on April 9 at an air-sampling station atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, a rise of more than five ppm since the same date last year. And it could get worse. “Where you assign the peak will depend on whether the focus is on daily, weekly or monthly averages. The monthly peak is certainly still ahead of us," says Ralph Keeling, a geochemist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who measures atmospheric CO2 every day at Mauna Loa and other stations, carrying on the work his father started in 1958. “The recent daily values were extraordinarily high, however, so perhaps [they] won't be overtaken.”

Apr 13, 2016
For a tiny animal, shrimp drains a massive amount of environmental resources. Pound for pound, it has a carbon footprint 10 times that of beef. Dominique Barnes made her way to Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where she learned the multitude of problems facing our overfished, polluted oceans. She was determined to solve one of them. So she partnered with Michelle Wolf, who has a background in materials science and biomedical engineering, to create a shrimpless shrimp that people would actually eat.

Inside Climate News
Apr 13, 2016
Historical records reveal early industry concern with air pollutants, including smog and CO2, and unwanted regulation. Roger Revelle, the director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and his colleague Hans E. Suess published a landmark paper in 1957 about increasing CO2 emissions and the role of the oceans in absorbing some of it.

Apr 11, 2016
For the past few months, we've used the KPBS Drought Tracker to tell you how much rain and snow El Niño has been bringing to California. Now that we've reached the end of what turned out to be a fairly average wet season, where does California's drought stand now? "In very broad measure, I’d say we’ve gotten a little better,” said Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego’s climate researcher Dan Cayan. But not so much better we can safely go back to pre-drought water consumption.