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The San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb 04, 2016
Naturalists and guests aboard the Flagship Cruises boat Marietta had an unexpected encounter Wednesday with a pod of 30 false killer whales off the coast of San Diego. The cetaceans, which are part of the oceanic dolphin family, typically stay in warmer tropical waters. Officials at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps in La Jolla, which organized Wednesday's nature trip on the Marietta, say that it appears that the whales traveled north to San Diego in waters warmed by El Nino. "This is the first time, as far as we know, that false killer whales have been seen from The Marietta," said Hallie Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Birch.

The New York Times
Feb 01, 2016
Perched on a wild, windy promontory on the rugged tip of northwestern Tasmania, the tiny Cape Grim research station has been measuring airborne greenhouse gases since 1976. Now a decision by Australia’s science agency to lay off 350 researchers and shift the organization’s focus to more commercial enterprise threatens not only the work done at the station but also climate studies around the globe. Scientists worldwide have protested the shift, saying the loss of the Australian data — from both Cape Grim and the agency’s role in a vital ocean-monitoring program called Argo — could impair their ability to predict severe regional weather and help people prepare for extreme floods, drought, bushfires and cyclones. “The Southern Hemisphere is half the world’s atmosphere and more than half the world’s ocean,” said Ray Weiss, a scientist from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, in a telephone interview. “Csiro is immensely important from a global point of view, both observations and modeling, and it should not be cut off at the knees.”

National Geographic
Jan 29, 2016
Manta rays, which are among the bigger and more charismatic animals in the ocean, have captured humans' imagination for generations. And yet scientists still have many unanswered questions about rays' behavior. To answer some of these questions, and to find information that could stem population decline, National Geographic's Crittercam team joined forces with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in southern California and the Manta Trust in the U.K. to attach cameras to wild mantas. We spoke with Scripps and Manta Trust researcher Joshua Stewart about the Crittercam project.

Jan 26, 2016
Despite a recent stretch of warm weather in San Diego, climate experts say there is still a good chance for more strong El Niño storms for the next 2-3 months. Experts from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the Desert Research Institute, and UC Santa Barbara delivered the "California Winter Status Update" on Tuesday. They said El Niño's warmer ocean temperatures will stick around until mid- to late spring.

The Washington Post
Jan 26, 2016
On Tuesday, the people who keep the Doomsday Clock announced that they have — not adjusted it. The clock is still set three minutes to midnight. The clock was previously set at 5 minutes to midnight until it moved up to 3 minutes this time last year, reflecting climate change trends. Professor Richard Somerville of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego unveils the “Doomsday Clock” showing that the world is now three minutes away from nuclear disaster, from five minutes previously, during a press conference of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists in Washington, DC on January 22, 2015.
Jan 25, 2016
Don't worry: When the drillers eventually pierce the mantle, hot molten rock won’t surge up the hole and spill onto the seafloor in a volcanic eruption. Although mantle rocks do flow, they do so at a speed akin to the growth rate of a fingernail, says Holly Given, a geophysicist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

Jan 25, 2016
Sea cliffs have crumbled and several beaches in North County have eroded down to pebbles by high tides and El Niño storms. This winter may reveal how expensive it would be to preserve San Diego beaches as sea levels rise. Robert Guza, professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, said places that flood intermittently now could find themselves flooded on a daily basis in the long term. He said this winter’s king tides and El Niño storms will give us a glimpse into the future of sea level rise.

Jan 22, 2016
“If we actually get folks taking pictures from the same locations, pointed in the same direction, repeatedly — so say, every day or every week — that’s actually the most valuable data for us,” said Sarah Giddings, a researcher and professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

San Diego Magazine
Jan 21, 2016
I meet fascinating people on the Mesa and want to learn who they are, apart from the science. So the pressure has been mounting as I put off writing about our colorful conversation, worried I would not do his story justice. Who is this intriguing mystery man I speak of? None other than the quirky yet legendary B. Greg Mitchell. Greg is an explorer, who travels the world studying algae. Trips to Antarctica and the Arctic and Central Pacific are the norm for this globetrotter and he has been known to practice his yoga headstand on a meter of Arctic sea ice. His current work is the study of microalgae photosynthesis from laboratory, to commercial, to global ocean scales. At the ripe age of 13 he set out to become a Marine Biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, where he could surf daily at Black’s.

Jan 21, 2016
San Diego has stayed pretty dry after an early burst of El Niño-driven storms drenched Southern California in early January. But recent storms in Northern California have kept rain and snow levels climbing steadily. "Northern California has been getting some precipitation recently, which is good," said David Pierce, a climate researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego who helped compile data for the KPBS Drought Tracker.