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Jan 12, 2015

Rising CO2 levels are disrupting the natural balance of the ocean and posing a threat to oysters and marine mammals in California. 22 million metric tons of CO2 gets absorbed by the ocean everyday, making the sea much more acidic than it would naturally be, according to Patrick Krug, marine biologist and professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Oysters and other shellfish are impacted by the effects of ocean acidification and CO2 emissions. Changes in the ocean's carbon chemistry can pose a threat to oyster shells by causing growth deformities, according to Davey Kline, marine biologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. If CO2 levels continue to rise, we might not see any future generations of oysters or other shellfish, Kline explained.

Climate Central
Jan 12, 2015

The new year has only just begun, but we’ve already recorded our first days with average carbon dioxide levels above 400 parts per million, potentially leading to many months in a row above this threshold, experts say. Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego's records of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels show that Jan. 1 was the first day of the new year above that concentration, followed by Jan. 3 and Jan. 7. “My guess at this point is that January 2015 will be very slightly above 400 ppm, but it's too early to tell for sure,” Ralph Keeling, the scientist in charge of the CO2 monitoring project atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, said in an email. Keeling’s father, Charles, began the project in 1958.

The Antarctic Sun
Jan 09, 2015

The most ambitious and extensive network of seismographs ever deployed on an ice shelf promises to reveal new information about two very different subjects. One team of scientists hopes to learn more about the structure and flexibility of the ice shelf itself in response to different types of ocean-wave energy. Meanwhile, the ice shelf serves as an opportune platform from which a second group of researchers will investigate the structure of the deep earth. Peter Bromirski, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and the PI of the other project, is enthusiastic about the possible discoveries to be made about the proverbial nuts and bolts of the Ross Ice Shelf (RIS) – how the world’s largest ice shelf responds and flexes to the various types of swells and waves that roll across its 800-kilometer-wide front.

ABC Online
Jan 08, 2015

Dr Matthew Alford, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, said Hobart was chosen as the final port to prepare for the ground breaking 10-week Tasman Tides voyage.

Jan 08, 2015

There's a new resident at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. An injured loggerhead turtle that was discovered in New Jersey has just made its debut. In this Earth 8 video story, Natasha Stenbock has more
Jan 08, 2015

Matthew Alford, a professor of oceanography with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US, said some of the world’s most spectacular internal tides had lured about 40 of the world’s top ocean scientists to waters east of Tasmania.

Jan 07, 2015

“I’m not at all surprised,” said Richard Somerville, a distinguished professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. Somerville is attending this week the 95th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Phoenix.

The Daily Transcript
Jan 06, 2015

San Diego County supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to establish a framework — including the drafting of state legislation — to promote public access to freshly caught seafood at fishermen’s markets. The county began its involvement in the markets last year when an initiative by Supervisor Greg Cox was approved as part of the county's Live Well San Diego program. Many groups were involved in creating the framework, he said: representatives from the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market, commercial fishing fleets, aquaculturists, The Maritime Alliance, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the San Diego County Farm Bureau and county staff.

Jan 06, 2015

An injured sea turtle rescued on the East Coast received a happy ending, thanks to Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Live Science
Jan 05, 2015

Two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans. The U.S. National Science Foundation has commissioned the Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq, while the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) ship, dubbed Neil Armstrong, will begin science operations late next year, said ocean researchers. An identical ship, the R/V Sally Ride, named after the first American female astronaut, is being commissioned by the Navy and will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, likely starting in 2016, Munier said.