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2009-04-21 10:27:18

Scripps researchers find that currently scheduled water deliveries from the Colorado River are unlikely to be met if human-caused climate change reduces runoff in the region The Colorado River system supplies water to tens of millions of people and millions of acres of farmland, and has never experienced a delivery shortage. But if human-caused climate change continues to make the region drier, scheduled deliveries will be missed 60-90 percent of the time by the middle of this century,...

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2009-04-09 08:52:29

New Scripps study of low-frequency sound from Mount St. Helens and Tungurahua volcanoes provides explanation for how the large-amplitude signals from eruptions are produced New research on infrasound from volcanic eruptions shows an unexpected connection with jet engines. Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego speeded up the recorded sounds from two volcanoes and uncovered a noise very similar to typical jet engines. These new research findings provide scientists...

2009-04-06 12:45:58

U.S. scientists say they've uncovered clues about the bioluminescent process used by marine fireworms that produce a green glow often seen in tropical seas. Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers at the University of California-San Diego led by Dimitri Deheyn and Michael Latz said the fireworms use bioluminescence to attract suitors in an undersea mating ritual and might also use the light as a defensive measure. This is another step toward understanding the biology of the...

2009-03-30 02:00:00

Scripps Health, Qualcomm Join Forces as Founding Health Care Affiliate, Founding Sponsor SAN DIEGO, March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gary and Mary West Foundation today committed $45 million to create the West Wireless Health Institute, one of world's first medical research organizations dedicated to advancing health and well-being through the use of wireless technologies. Scripps Health has signed on as the founding health care affiliate, with Qualcomm as a founding sponsor. Gary West...

2009-03-25 13:01:07

A series of small earthquakes like the ones that have shaken Southern California this week has a 5 percent chance of triggering a major quake, experts say. The tremors have occurred in the Salton Sea area east of San Diego, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Most have been too small to feel but a temblor early Tuesday measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, big enough to be felt and heard, although unlikely to cause damage. The area is near the southern end of the San Andreas Fault, Neal...

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2009-03-24 10:15:00

Two new greenhouse gases are accumulating in the atmosphere, according to an international research team led by scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the US and CSIRO scientist, Dr Paul Fraser, from the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. Nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2) are powerful greenhouse gases that have recently been discovered to be growing quickly in the global background atmosphere. These gases are used in industrial...

2009-03-23 12:10:00

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of California, San Diego, a world leader in climate change research, has announced it will offer an innovative program on climate change and its impact on business. "The ROI for Going Green" will provide participants with a basic understanding of climate change, and what strategies businesses and investors can employ to increase their bottom line. In response to the increasing interest in climate change, Scripps Institution of Oceanography...

2009-03-16 10:28:01

California Sea Grant researchers say they've determined Northern California septic tanks are leaking nitrogen and phosphate into Pacific coastal waters. The researchers said they have discovered elevated levels of the nutrients in the surf zone during periods of high groundwater flows to the beach. The scientists said such leakage can cause algal blooms. Our project is one of the first in California to show definitively that septic tanks can affect coastal water quality through submarine...

2009-03-12 11:49:00

U.S. scientists have discovered a fumigant pumped into tented houses to kill pests remains in the atmosphere six to 10 times longer than previously thought. Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers at the University of California-San Diego said the greenhouse gas most often used to rid buildings of termites, rodents and other pests -- sulfuryl fluoride -- remains in the atmosphere about 36 years. A Scripps team led by Jens Muhle found the concentration of the gas rose at a rate of 4...

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2009-03-10 14:55:00

Sulfuryl fluoride, a compound developed to phase out the use of methyl bromide in fumigants has been implicated as a possibly significant contributing factor for greenhouse warming, according to an international team of researchers. Methyl bromide has been used to control insect infestations in grain storage facilities. As methyl bromide use was being reduced under the Montreal Protocol because of its detrimental effects on the environment, scientists introduced sulfuryl fluoride as its...


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