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KPBS
Nov 02, 2015
San Diego's iconic kelp forests are facing a threat from warm ocean temperatures and an invasive species called "devil weed.” Sargassum horneri thrives in warm ocean waters like the conditions common off the coast of San Diego this past summer and fall. Ed Parnell is a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography who worries the quick growing plant will out-compete kelp that might be displaced by El Niño fueled storms. It is already happening near Catalina Island, Parnell said. "This species here covers so much of the bottom it can interfere with recruitment of the giant kelp, so it can keep it from coming back," Parnell said.

The Washington Post
Nov 02, 2015
Earthquakes are one of nature’s most terrifying and destructive forces. They are also impossible to predict, according to Yehuda Bock, director of a center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, that supports earthquake research. “If you go into a lab and stress rocks, and create conditions that are in the real world, you won’t know when that rock is going to crack,” said Bock, who has been studying earthquakes since the late 1980s. “Eventually you will be able to get more and more information by looking at frictional qualities of the rocks. But to extrapolate to the real world is difficult.”

The Christian Science Monitor
Oct 28, 2015
The University of California (UC) renewed its commitment to fight climate change at the UC Carbon and Climate Neutrality Summit at UC San Diego Tuesday. University president Janet Napolitano assured California Gov. Jerry Brown and other summit participants that the university’s 10 campuses will continue to act as “living laboratories” for climate change solutions. Dr. Ram Ramanathan, a distinguished professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and chair of the UC Summit, tells The Christian Science Monitor that the goal of the two-day summit was to address “scalable solutions” to the global problem of climate change

Nature
Oct 28, 2015
“We’re looking for a very fortuitous set of circumstances that allow for the preservation of very old ice,” says Jeffrey Severinghaus, a palaeo­climatologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Ideally, scientists would discover a thick sequence of ice layers, undisturbed by flowing glaciers, that has not been heated too much by the rock below.

Yale Climate Connections
Oct 28, 2015
Our country needs more scientists who are willing and able to step out in the public arena and to weigh in, clearly and strongly – such as atmospheric physicist Veerabhadran Ramanathan of UC San Diego, who discovered the greenhouse effect of halocarbons in 1975.

Times of San Diego
Oct 27, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown told climate scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Tuesday that addressing climate change is the moral equivalent to building the atomic bomb first in World War II. He likened the “existential threat” of climate change to Nazi Germany, and noted that California’s universities managed the national laboratories that built the bomb 70 years ago. “That’s a good predicate to how to deal with the existential threat of climate change,” he said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important the University of California is in meeting this existential threat.” Brown spoke at the two-day UC Summit on Carbon and Climate Neutrality, a gathering of climate scientists from around the nation with a goal of developing ten solutions to slow climate change.

KPBS
Oct 26, 2015
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, started the Sally Ride Science education company in 2001. Now, it's become a nonprofit and part of UC San Diego.

The New York Times dot Earth blog
Oct 22, 2015
On Tuesday, a simple but sobering note predicting an imminent end to measurements of carbon dioxide in air lower than 400 parts per million was posted by the group at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography that has been carefully measuring the rising concentration of this greenhouse gas in the atmosphere since 1958.

The San Diego Union-Tribune
Oct 22, 2015
The San Diego-based educational company started by the late astronaut Sally Ride has been dissolved and is relaunching as a nonprofit run by UC San Diego. The newly renamed Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego is expected to begin offering expanded educational programs and activities for K-12 students early next year, the school announced Thursday. The nonprofit will be implemented through UC San Diego Extension, the Supercomputer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, with each division providing expertise, resources, leadership, support and oversight. Coincidentally, Scripps Institution of Oceanography will take delivery next year of the oceanographic research vessel Sally Ride, under construction by the U.S. Navy.

KPBS
Oct 21, 2015
<p>A new leader has brought his extensive experience in education and science to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego, where thousands of students and tourists learn about the wonders of the Southern California ocean every year. Harry Helling, the new executive director of the aquarium, started his work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego on Oct. 12. Helling is known as an educator, an ecologist and an outreach innovator. He told KPBS Midday Edition Wednesday he plans to engage audiences &quot;well outside the perimeter of Birch itself,&quot; and through art and music to reach new groups. &quot;It&#39;s not just the Birch Aquarium, it is that connection to all of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and UC San Diego,&quot; Helling said. &quot;It&#39;s a window into the world of investigation into the ocean, into the world of how we create new knowledge about the ocean.&quot;</p>