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Voice of San Diego
Nov 29, 2013

Beach Erosion: San Diego County’s two littoral cells — miles of coastline, basically — have been worn down by population growth, urban sprawl and dams that have changed the way sand filters down to the beaches through the county’s watersheds. This is a problem because “beaches are ‘first responders’ that protect our coasts from erosion when high-energy winter storms bring heavy surf,” according to research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, and “sand-starved beaches cannot shield the coast from erosion." Coastal Flooding: The West Coast “caught a break” over the last few decades, but Scripps has found that new wind patterns could start driving sea levels higher this decade. Water Supply: When flood waters surge toward a poorly protected shore, they can compromise the supply of water — something San Diego can’t afford to waste.

Globe & Mail
Nov 28, 2013

In the aftermath of the German and Canadian floods, the victims, the insurers, the media, the politicians and the scientists were all asking the same questions: What caused them? Was it the relentless buildup of atmospheric carbon dioxide? Could “extreme” weather events become the new normal or were they once-a-millennium acts of god?

Nov 21, 2013

Graphs don't often seize the public's attention. But the Keeling Curve is one that did. It's hard to imagine today's discussions about climate change without the iconic chart. For more than half a century, scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have used it to plot the rise of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. But lately, funding for the Keeling Curve has been sloping downward. The National Science Foundation withdrew support a few years ago, and Keeling has had to cut staff. "Things have never been this dire before," Ralph Keeling told Nature earlier this week. "With the Earth kind of like a sick patient, as soon as you think you might have a cure, you don't stop looking at the health of the patient," Keeling said. "And at this point we don't even have a cure."

Nature World News
Nov 21, 2013

A breakthrough in the production of biofuel from marine algae could lead to a new ecnomically sustainable form of alternative energy. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have developed a way to target a specific enzyme inside a group of algae known as diatoms, metabolically engineering a way to increase lipids without hurting growth. The resulting genetically altered strains can be produced broadly in other species, the scientists say. Graduate student Emily Trentacoste led the study, published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

LA Times
Nov 21, 2013

An exploding underwater volcano is causing a new island to form in the Pacific Ocean about 620 miles south of Tokyo, and you can watch a bit of its dramatic rise in the video above.



Nov 20, 2013

Scientist struggles to maintain long-standing carbon dioxide record and more recent atmospheric-oxygen monitor

The New York Times
Nov 19, 2013

Nicholas Mevoli saved money from an assortment of jobs to pay for the bottomless pursuit of holding his breath and sinking his body as far as possible into the ocean. On Sunday, in pursuit of another record in a championship event in a hidden cove of the Bahamas, in front of the best free divers in the world, Mr. Mevoli came to the surface — but he was not all the way back. After diving down to 68 meters, he paused and reached 72 meters before turning back. After staying under water for 3 minutes 38 seconds, Mr. Mevoli, 32, pulled off his goggles — and quickly fell into unconsciousness. He died soon after. Medical experts say deadly problems can arise as a diver goes ever downward and pressures from the water keep rising. “There’s a limit to lung compression when you dive deep,” said Dr. Paul J. Ponganis, a practicing anesthesiologist and a physiologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “This sport is always pushing that limit.”

UT San Diego
Nov 16, 2013

We’re coming up on the two-year anniversary for the ocean closures off Southern California caused by the Marine Life Protection Act. Locally, in addition to those closures that went into effect Jan. 1, 2012, we’ve seen big changes in regulations for barred sand bass, calico bass and spotted bay bass. I met recently with Lyall Bellquist, a graduate student from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. A fisherman, diver and hunter, Bellquist knows the value of having recreational fishermen involved in the management process, so he has enlisted them in his two-year study of our local bass population. He has brought together Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the San Diego Oceans Foundation and recreational fishermen to conduct a tag-and-release project to measure populations of calico bass, barred sand bass and spotties off coastal San Diego.

Nov 14, 2013

One common sea worm has a rather uncommon trick: Chaeteopterus variopedatus – also known as the parchment tube worm for the paperlike tubes it builds for itself and lives within throughout its life — secretes a bioluminescent mucus that makes it glow blue. Now, scientists are a step closer to understanding the mechanisms behind the worm's glow. The parchment tube worm can be found on shallow, sandy seafloors all around the world. Its glow sets it apart from other tube worms, most of which don't glow, and other shallow water organisms, which typically emit green light, not blue. "Shallow water is much more complex than deep water from a physical standpoint, and green is what organisms see best," Dimitri Deheyn, a biologist involved in the research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, told LiveScience's OurAmazingPlanet. "If you produce light and you want light to be associated with an ecological function, you want organisms to see it."

Nov 13, 2013

The devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines has become a rallying cry at the U.N. Climate talks taking place this week in Poland. Climate change experts from around the globe are making pleas that world leaders take seriously the threat of more dangerous storms and rising sea levels. Ten graduate students from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will be witnessing this international process and participating in presenting research during the conference.