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CBS 8
Nov 18, 2014

Millions of sea stars along the Pacific Coast are dying. Researchers believe a virus is attacking and melting the sea stars.  In this CBS News 8 video story, Ed Parnell, a research oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is interviewed on what he thinks is causing the high mortality rate.


U-T San Diego
Nov 17, 2014

A virus that typically infects insects may be the culprit in massive die-offs of sea stars along the West Coast. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researcher Ed Parnell reported that both ochre sea stars and giant sea stars showed signs of withering beginning last winter, and have nearly vanished from the San Diego coast. “Adults have virtually disappeared from 20 regularly monitored study sites from south Pt. Loma up to Cardiff,” Parnell said. “However, healthy adults are seen occasionally in other areas, but in much reduced numbers.”


KPBS
Nov 14, 2014

The San Diego City Council votes Tuesday on whether to generate more recycled water for thirsty residents in exchange for giving a "pass" to the city's sewage plant, which has never met federal Clean Water Act standards. Years of mandated monitoring by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego prove there's no harm to the environment, according to Ann Sasaki, an Assistant Director in the San Diego Public Utilities Department.


U-T San Diego
Nov 13, 2014

Maritime technology showcased at "Blue Economy' summit in San Diego. The Maritime Alliance says San Diego has one of the largest clusters of technology firms specializing in ocean/hydro applications in the country, thanks to the large U.S. Navy presence in the region and research centers such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


Popular Mechanics
Nov 13, 2014

Scientists stuck some seismometers into Gorner Glacier in the Swiss Alps. As lake water flowed through the glacier, the seismometers picked up tiny tremors and the sounds of icequakes at the glacier's base. The research team, led by David Heeszel of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, deployed eight seismometers through boreholes in the ice, then the team sped up the seismogram 250 times so that humans could hear the rumblings.


Fox 5
Nov 13, 2014

A rare sighting of an orca attack off the coast of Tijuana was captured by a photographer this week. The orca appears to be attempting to prey on a coastal bottlenose dolphin just off the coast of Playa de Tijuana. Dr. John Hildebrand of the Scripps Whale Acoustic Lab at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, explained the event shown in the pictures is rare in the San Diego area. Although orcas are not residents of the area, they have been seen from time to time. Carlos Bravo snapped the pictures of the encounter on Tuesday morning.


Discovery News
Nov 13, 2014

The U.S.-China climate agreement is a big political deal for President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping. Both will gain points for making an effort to slow global warming. But the real question is whether the agreement will be enough to affect the planet’s giant climate engine. Experts say it’s not going to solve the problem, but it’s a pretty good start. “We will not be able to reverse anything, but we will be able to slow it down,” said V. Ramanathan, director of the atmospheric sciences program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.


KPBS
Nov 12, 2014

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, scientists are currently in Antarctica to collect data on the continent's largest ice shelf. Ice shelves prevent land ice from reaching the ocean. When these barriers fall apart, sea levels rise. Three San Diego researchers are installing an array of seismic sensors that will gauge stress on the critical Ross Ice Shelf. "There's about three meters of sea level rise that it's restraining," said Peter Bromirski, reached in Antarctica via Skype. "And of course, for California — with all our coastal regions — sea level rise is a significant concern."


Archaeology
Nov 12, 2014

Last March, a team of researchers and volunteers found two planes that had crashed into the Pacific Ocean near the Republic of Palau during the fierce fighting of World War II. Eric Terrill of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Mark Moline of the University of Delaware were studying currents and making maps of the flow of water around the islands when they met Patrick Scannon, whose nonprofit group BentProp uses historical records and first-hand accounts to search for the remains of American service members, and which had already identified a downed Corsair fighter off Palau. Their combined efforts led to the discovery of an Avenger bomber that went down with two men and a F6F Hellcat.


New Scientist
Nov 12, 2014

The world's oceans are the hottest they've ever been in the modern record. An analysis shared exclusively with New Scientist suggests that the global slowdown in the rise of air temperatures is probably over, and we are entering another period of rapid warming. But some are cautious about linking the peak to an upward trend. "Beware of single peaks," says David Checkley of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He doesn't interpret the data as showing a return to consistent warming.