In the News
- Inovação marca último dia de evento paralelo à Rio+20
Estado (Brazil) - June 13, 2012
As inovações tecnológicas foram o destaque do último dia de apresentações do TEDxRio+20 ontem, terça-feira, no Forte de Copacabana. Entre as criações, um piso que produz e acumula energia e um robô submarino desenvolvido para realizar expedições em águas profundas. (Features Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet)
Korea JoongAng Daily - May 28, 2012
Deep-sea exploration could be the beginning of a reversal. It’s really not too strong to say our lives could depend on it. The deepest part of the ocean became a movie
star in March when filmmaker James Cameron corkscrewed his way to the
Challenger Deep, becoming only the third person in history to visit the
Mariana Trench. (Opinion piece written by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet)
- What's an Ocean Worth?
The Vancouver Sun - May 29, 2012 (online);
June 1, 2012 (print, A11, Issues & Ideas)
If you like oysters, it is time to pay attention to what is happening in Oregon. And even if you don't like them, but care about the global food web that allows oysters to grow, reproduce and thrive, what's happening Oregon should give you pause. (Opinion piece written by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet)
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- Marine Protected Areas: A Win-win for Biodiversity and Economic Development
Monaco Blue Initiative - June 4, 2012
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet was a participant in this global discussion.
- Exploring Our Own Alien World
New York Times - March 26, 2012
Nearly 36 years ago, our understanding of life was changed forever when scientists towing a remote vehicle through the depthsphotographed a cluster of clams on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean far beyond the reach of sunlight, where no life was supposed to be. The clams were nourished by geothermal ocean vents instead of energy from the sun. Since then, scientists and explorers from around the world have quietly and patiently discovered a foreign universe full of life here on Earth. The latest foray was on Sunday, when the director James Cameron descended nearly seven miles into a trough known as the Challenger Deep, the planet’s deepest known recess, off Guam. (Opinion piece written by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet)
- James Cameron ‘Bearing Witness’ in the Deepest Dark
Washington Post - March 27, 2012
For three decades, filmmaker James Cameron has vividly rendered alien worlds. On Monday, ocean explorer James Cameron visited one: the bottom of the sea. “It’s time to finally open up this frontier to science,” Cameron said. But this kind of science is expensive, and government research budgets are stagnant or declining around the world, said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. He’s hopeful that Cameron’s adventure attracts more money — private or public — for exploring the deep. “We want to go there repeatedly for 10 years,” Haymet said. He sees exploring the deep as akin to exploring Mars: Robots will do most of the work, but humans’ journeys will fire the public imagination.
- Scripps' Tony Haymet: We Need a Trust Fund for Ocean Data
World Ocean's Summit - February 24, 2012
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet: We need a trust fund for ocean data. Speaking at the Economist World Oceans Summit in Singapore.
- Insuring the Oceans
Straits Times - February 22, 2012
The global oceans are not
insured. They do not have high-priced legal representation and cannot sue. But their
proxies are tourists, recreational sailors and boaters, surfers, seafood eaters
and the fishing industry that supplies them, and myriad businesses small and
large. They are also all of us who stand on the shore drawing inspiration from
the oceans' beauty.
Continued ocean health is
more than a feel-good objective. We all have a financial interest in letting
nature "do its thing," as new research is establishing. (Opinion piece written by Scripps Oceanography Director Tony Haymet)
PDF of article
- The Monetary Worth of Preserving the Ocean
Okeanos -- December 5, 2011
Dr. Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, gives many examples of how the ocean is worth more intact than irreversibly altered. From helping to stabilize our climate by regulating heat, to providing medically useful bacteria, to supporting biodiversity, functioning marine ecosystems deliver services that can be evaluated in concrete financial terms. These services have been undervalued in the past, where only resource extraction was used to calculate the ocean’s monetary worth.
- What is the Ocean Worth
Mare -- Appearing in the August 2011 issue
For millennia, people have only attributed value to the world's oceans with a view to what can be gained from them. Now science and business finally are joining to document what it is worth in monetary terms to let the oceans remain intact as possible.
(Essay written by Scripps Oceanography Director Tony Haymet)
PDF of article as it will appear in German
PDF of English translation
- Southern Calif. Energy Hub Eyed for Clues to
U.S. Green Economy
The New York Times -- June 22, 2011
SAN DIEGO -- Renewable power developers, biofuel researchers, and clean technology entrepreneurs have flocked to this coastal city, making it a growing hub of energy-sector interests. The city is working to boost the growth of its energy companies. In 2007, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders along with the University of
California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego
State University, and a few others launched an initiative called CleanTECH.
- La Jolla Gears Up for New Era of Ocean Research
San Diego Union-Tribune -- May 28, 2011
Climate and marine researchers in La Jolla are retooling to remain at the forefront of oceanography, powered by nearly $250 million in new projects. A $56 million laboratory is going up at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and construction of a $26.5 million building is planned to start on the campus this summer. “This is a welcome expansion,” said Tony Haymet, director at Scripps. “We are a little under-accommodated at the moment.
- Sydney Science Forum - The Blue Future: The Robotic Exploration of the Oceans
University of Sydney -- April 11, 2011
Robots are revolutionising how we explore our oceans. Find out what this new era of ocean exploration means when Professor Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, USA, presents his free public talk 'The Blue Future: The robotic exploration of the oceans' as part of the Sydney Science Forum on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
- New California Sea Grant Director Staying the Course
La Jolla Light -- February 9, 2011
The new director at California Sea Grant, James Eckman intends to “stay
the course” at the marine research and education program based at
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. “Jim brings a fine mix of stellar leadership skills and excellent
research credentials that will enable Sea Grant to continue its upward
momentum,” said Scripps Director Tony Haymet in a prepared statement.
“We look forward to a new era with Jim at the helm.”
- Adding Greenhouse Gas Measurements to Weather Monitors
Scientific American -- January 12, 2011
The newly renamed Earth Networks said today it has partnered with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego to launch the world's largest greenhouse gas monitoring network. "We've been measuring CO2 in the atmosphere, the global average, at
Mauna Loa and in a few other places for 53 years," Scripps Director Tony Haymet said. "We've
always wanted to somehow do this regionally. Our dream these last few
years has been to replicate our scientific instruments and put them in
enough locations that we could start to address these questions."
- Tony Haymet – Critical Needs in the Race to Observe Ocean Acidification (Video)
European Project on Ocean Acidification -- December 19, 2010
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet discusses ocean acidification at COP-16 in Cancun Mexico.
- OpEd: The Oceans' SOS
Los Angeles Times -- December 13,
The planet's great communal resource provides protein sources and oxygen and is used for transportation, recreation, and inspiration. It's time to put it at the center of the climate change discussion. (OpEd co-written by Scripps Director Tony Haymet and Scripps Researcher Andrew Dickson.)
Report from Cancun
KQED News -- December 7,
The UN climate negotiations in Cancun may be the official attraction, but in many ways, there's just as much happening at the "side events" here at COP16. While the side events allow regional governments and businesses to share ideas and celebrate what they consider their achievements, they're also a venue for organizations and scientists to raise awareness about issues they think are not getting enough attention. Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution for Oceanography at UC San Diego was doing just that on Friday, across the lawn from the UN negotiations at a briefing about ocean acidification.
- Cancun: COP16 UN Climate Change Conference 2010 (Video)
Climate Change TV -- December 6,
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography
at UC San Diego explains how new science will make “top-down” verification of greenhouse
gas emissions a reality in the next three years.
- UCSD Scientists Warn of Ocean Acidification in Cancún
KPBS -- December 3,
UC San Diego researchers say action is needed now to keep carbon dioxide from making the world's oceans more acidic. The scientists are highlighting the problem at a climate summit in Cancún, Mexico. Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers say more acid in the ocean depletes calcium carbonate which is needed for corals, snails, and other marine life to make their shells. The director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography is Tony Haymet. He said reducing the threat of ocean acidification means reducing carbon emissions that come from natural gas, oil, and coal - the same gases linked to climate change.
- NIST Blue Ribbon Commission on Management and Safety (II) Final Report by Seven Commission Members Including Director Haymet
NIST Office of the Director -- November 18,
NIST management has responded effectively to [earlier] criticism. The entire NIST organization has been revamped with clearer roles and responsibilities. Resources for safety have been identified and applied. New talent has been attracted to a reorganized safety organization. Hazards analyses have been performed throughout the organization. Major progress has been made in developing a safety culture at NIST. Despite the extraordinary progress, much remains to be accomplished in order for the new safety efforts to be institutionalized beyond the tenure of the current NIST Director. The first priority is the need to appoint an Associate Director for Laboratory Programs (and Principal Deputy) who will drive the present successes to the next level. The second priority will be to address the enthusiasm gap observed at the laboratory director level. In our interviews and focus group sessions with staff members from across the NIST organization, we were amazed at how well the NIST Director has driven the message all the way down to the bench-level scientists, even with a circumspect response of some of the laboratory directors.
- Science is Sexy, National Public Radio Host Says
This Week @ UCSD -- November 15,
“When Barbie gets to be a computer scientist, you know that science has become sexy,” Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s “Science Friday,” said last week during a visit to UC San Diego. Flatow had come to campus to receive the
Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest at UCSD’s Scripps
Institution of Oceanography. “He makes
science fun and brings energy to all his stories,” Scripps Director
Tony Haymet said of Flatow.
- Tony Haymet Spoke for the Oceans at TEDx San Diego -- November 8, 2010
See what all the buzz is about:
TEDx San Diego to Talk Environment
San Diego Union-Tribune -- October 21,
Two top environmental experts from the San Diego region have been tapped to speak at Tedx San Diego, a daylong event of compelling speeches from innovators in science, technology, conservation and entertainment. The Nov. 8 function will feature Tony Haymet,
the director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University
of California San Diego, one of the oldest centers for ocean and science
research in the world.
- Scripps: How Robotic Explorers Will Rule the Seas
San Diego Union-Tribune Radio -- September 28,
The army of miniature robots that monitor conditions in the sea is going
to get a lot bigger, says Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution
of Oceanography at UC San Diego, who sat down with us on Sept. 27 to
talk about everything from deep sea exploration to controversies in
climate change research. (There are two interviews. To listen, click on
the segment title in the box on the right.)
Are We Causing a Mass Extinction in Our Oceans?
Christian Science Monitor -- July 29,
One hundred days ago Thursday, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon began
spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. As profoundly as the leak of
millions of barrels of oil is injuring the Gulf ecosystem, it is only
one of many threats to the Earth's oceans that, many experts say, could
change the makeup of the oceans as we know them and wipe out a large
portion of marine life. Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, describes the oceans, like the
atmosphere, as victims of "the tragedy of the commons: everybody owns
them, and nobody owns them."
UCSD Effort Reaches Out to Compton
San Diego Union-Tribune -- July 23,
From the ashes of the “Compton Cookout,” an off-campus student party
meant to mock Black History Month, a Compton reach-out has risen at UC San Diego.
And that is how a group of 20 Compton High School students and four
of their teachers ended up in La Jolla for a special three-week summer
program at the university’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. “We have a lot of people at Scripps who have relatives in Compton or
are from Compton,” said Tony Haymet, director of the institution and a
university vice chancellor.
Growing San Diego’s Green Economy
KPBS -- June 24,
An organization called "CleanTECH San Diego" hopes to make San Diego a hub for clean technology businesses and manufacturing. Its primary job is to make it easier for clean tech businesses to get started and flourish in San Diego. "It's a wonderful boon for all the universities around town," said Tony Haymet, director of UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
World's Largest Oceanography Library Goes Digital
YubaNet -- May 21,
Approximately 100,000 volumes from the
Scripps Institution of Oceanography Library, the world's largest
oceanography library, have been digitized and are being made publically
accessible as part of a partnership between Google, the University of
California and the UC San Diego Libraries. "I am very proud that another vital part of
the Scripps-Google relationship has come to fruition," said Tony Haymet,
director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
U.S. Navy Awards $88M Grant for Scripps Research Ship After
San Diego News Network -- May 17,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego continued its
success in obtaining federal funds with the announcement of an $88
million grant from the U.S. Navy to fund a yet-to-be-designed scientific
research vessel. “Scripps is enormously pleased that we’ve been selected, and we are
grateful to the United States Navy and its Office of Naval Research,
which recognized the need for this new class of research vessel,” said
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps.
After 'Compton Cookout' Scandal, UCSD Forges a More Positive Association with the City
Los Angeles Times -- May 3,
High school students in Compton were upset in February when they heard that a group of UC San Diego students had mocked their hometown by holding a "Compton Cookout" party and inviting guests to come as "ghetto chicks" and gangsters. From this tension, an academic alliance — and a measure of understanding — are emerging.
OpEd: Argonauts on a Quest for Science
The Australian -- April 14, 2010
robotic age of oceanography is here. Scientists have long theorised
that, as Earth's surface warms the endless global cycle of evaporation
and precipitation should accelerate. The logistics and expense of
testing that hypothesis using many scores of research vessels made the
gathering of evidence in sufficient quantity merely a fond dream for
generations of oceanographers.
(Written by Scripps Director Tony Haymet)
- UC San Diego Calls Students with Good News on Admission
University of California Newsroom -- March 29,
Imagine: it's a week before the magic date when UC admissions decisions
are posted online. An anxious high school senior answers her phone and
hears Dr. Tony Haymet say, "Congratulations! You've been admitted to UC
San Diego." Haymet, vice chancellor of marine sciences and director of Scripps
Institution of Oceanography, was one of 180 UC San Diego faculty, staff
and administrators -- including Chancellor Marye Anne Fox - who called
more than 2,800 students from underrepresented groups this March to let
them know they'd been admitted to UCSD.
Summit Highlights Drug Development, Cleantech, and Potential Impact of
Xconomy -- March 4,
The La Jolla Research & Innovation Summit held yesterday at the
Salk Institute was a smaller and a much more modest affair than the
inaugural summit that Connect CEO Duane Roth organized last year. When
someone in the audience asked about current prospects for desalination
technology, Australian-born Tony Haymet, who is director of Scripps
Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, stepped to the microphone
to explain that desalination remains very expensive.
- Clean-Tech Sector World-Class
San Diego Business Journal -- March 1, 2010
In just a little more than two years a local business organization called CleanTECH San Diego has become a key champion for the clean-tech industry, and is working to mirror the region’s high-tech and science success. CleanTECH San Diego has not only delivered, but has attached itself to some key players from industry, government, and academia, such as Tony Haymet, vice chairman of the organization and director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Director Provides Key Scientific Perspective at
Davos World Economic Forum
Scripps Oceanography News -- February 5, 2010
Fisheries, ocean acidification, and the Great Pacific
Garbage Patch among issues presented by Tony Haymet at global gathering.
Community, Elected Leaders Think Big When It Comes to Resolutions
San Diego Union-Tribune— January 6, 2010
As we start the first full week of 2010, here’s how some local leaders are resolving to make San Diego County a better place to live.
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego: California’s continued leadership in business-oriented solutions to global warming, and the international perception of our leadership, will be great for our San Diego clean-tech businesses.
Scripps Looks to Fuel Its Future
San Diego Union-Tribune — December 28, 2009
Scripps Institution of Oceanography is better off than ever — if you’re
just looking at grants, donations and other revenue. It collected
nearly $165 million last year, the highest amount in its history. Beneath that success, this iconic unit of the University of California San Diego faces staggering challenges. “You have to be at the top of your game every year,” said Tony Haymet,
the director of Scripps since 2006. “In Scripps’ case, that has led to
a kind of Darwinian excellence. You either survive or die.”
Scripps Science Delegation at Climate Change Conference (Radio)
KPBS — December 14, 2009
The climate summit in Copenhagen is of course, dealing with the global impact of climate change. But within the international political deal-making and major statements by world leaders, it's good to remember that California has a role and a stake in what will be become the Copenhagen Protocol. (Interview with Scripps Director Tony Haymet.)
Dr. Tony Haymet Joins the 7.30 Report (Video)
7.30 Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation —
November 26, 2009
The highly-respected American-based Australian scientist Dr. Tony
Haymet has close links to the internal Obama dialogue, and from his
post as director of the prestigious Scripps Institution of Oceanography
and as vice chancellor of marine sciences at UC San Diego, he also
works closely with leading Chinese climate scientists. (To watch video
click on the Windows media option suitable for your computer.) More
- LA Aims to be Coal-Free by 2020 (Video)
Lateline, Australian Broadcasting Corporation —
November 23, 2009
Los Angeles is one of the biggest power consumers in America but it has
set the ambitious goal of being a coal-free city by 2020. They are
calling it an energy revolution. (Features interviews with Scripps Director Tony Haymet and Scripps researcher Greg Mitchell.)
- AARNet Connects the World’s Brightest Minds
CIO — November 12, 2009
Australia’s Academic and Research Network
will connect some of the world’s most acclaimed academics and
researchers for the Driving eResearch Across the Pacific
conference that opens in Sydney today. Luminaries at this event include:
Dr. Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice
Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate School of
Marine Sciences at UC San Diego.
- Scripps to Honor Prince Albert II with Revelle Prize This Week
San Diego Union-Tribune — October 13, 2009
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego will present its second Roger
Revelle Prize this week to Prince Albert II of Monaco for the
sovereign’s work to raise awareness about global warming. Dr. Tony Haymet, director of the institution, said Prince Albert II is
being given the award largely for his work organizing the Monaco
Declaration, a statement signed earlier this year by 150 top marine
scientists who said the world’s fisheries are in serious trouble if the
amount of CO2 in the oceans continues to rise.
- Researchers Determining the Costs of Climate Change
San Diego Union-Tribune — October 13, 2009
In an effort to pin down the costs of global climate change, one of the
world's largest insurers announced yesterday that its research network
is joining with UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography to
study the effect of changes in the weather and sea level. No monetary details of the arrangement were disclosed, but Tony Haymet,
Scripps' director, said that partnership with corporate clients such as
Willis help make up for reductions in funding from Sacramento.
- Scripps Director Joins NIST Advisory Group
Thomas Net News — October 12, 2009
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of
Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, was appointed to NIST's
Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. In addition to serving
several positions at Scripps and UC San Diego, Haymet is co-founder of
CleanTECH San Diego, a business organization devoted to advancing clean
- Local Leaders on a Global Stage
Huffington Post — October 10, 2009
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and United Nations officials welcomed
more than 1,200 attendees from over 70 states, provinces, and countries
to the Governors Global Climate Summit 2. As the largest gathering of regional leaders who are focused on climate
solutions, this summit will help develop cooperative partnerships and
promote the collaboration needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
build green economies, and fight climate change.
- Hub Culture Interview at the Governors' Global Climate
YouTube — October 3, 2009
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of
Oceanography at UC San Diego, interviews with Hub Culture green
journalist Sarah Backhouse at the Governors' Global Climate Summit 2.
- OpEd: Loving Our Oceans to Death?
San Diego Union-Tribune — September 24, 2009
It is more true than ever that from pollution to poaching we are loving
our oceans to death. When we humans come to the ocean we look out to
sea, not back at land. The oceans are a source of inspiration, protein,
recreation and transport from nation to nation. Yet we don't always
know how to look after them. (Co-written by Scripps Director Tony Haymet.)
- King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Inauguration Symposium: Sustainability in a Changing Climate
KAUST Inauguration Symposium — September 24, 2009
King Abdullah’s vision for KAUST combines several elements that meet
under the theme of sustainability, including contributing to scientific
discovery, transforming the regional economy, and improving human lives
around the world. Facing the possibility of climate change, concerted
global effort will be required simply to sustain the quality of life
the inhabitants of the Earth now enjoy, let alone advance it. (Scripps Director Tony Haymet participated in a panel discussion on Food and Water in a Changing Climate.)
- Partnership Bridges Science Education Gap
University of California Newsroom — September 16, 2009
As part of a U.S. initiative to
improve science education in public schools, graduate students and teachers
from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and San Diego Unified
School District are partnering on an innovative program to help translate
cutting-edge Earth science research into new education programs and curriculum for
aspiring young scientists.
- U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Breaks Ground on Major San Diego-Area Recovery Act Project
U.S. Department of Commerce — September 15, 2009
Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Mayor Jerry Sanders led a
groundbreaking ceremony in La Jolla, Calif., today for two new
buildings dedicated to ocean science on the campus of Scripps
Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The project is a major
groundbreaking in California under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. The buildings are supported by two federal
agencies—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and
the National Institute of Standards and Technology—and will
feature state-of-the-art marine life tanks and cutting-edge science
- Cyberinfrastructure for Ocean Observation on Tap
University of California Newsroom — September 2, 2009
The U.S. has taken the next step toward construction of the
revolutionary Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI): a network of ocean
observing components, and their associated cyberinfrastructure, that
will allow scientists to examine ocean processes on global, regional,
and coastal scales.
"OOI has been under design by NSF and its contractors for nearly a
decade," said Scripps Oceanography Director Tony Haymet, "and significant institutional support from Scripps and its partners
has contributed to the successful development of the OOI over that
period. We are delighted to be playing such a key role in implementing
these critical capabilities for ocean science and society."
- Researchers: Pacific Trash Threatens Marine Life
Associated Press — August 28, 2009
A tawny stuffed puppy bobs in cold sea water, his four stiff legs tangled in the green net of some nameless fisherman. It's one of the bigger pieces of trash in a giant patch of
garbage-littered water — one that's bigger than Texas — where most of
the plastic looks like snowy confetti against the deep blue of the
north Pacific Ocean. During their August fact-finding expedition, a group of University of
California scientists found much more debris than they expected.
- NOAA and the University of California Sign Ground Lease for New Fisheries Science Center
NOAA—July 8, 2009
NOAA and the University of California have signed a 55 year ground
lease clearing the way for construction next year of a new federal
laboratory and office center at the University of California, San
Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography campus in La Jolla. “NOAA’s new facility will enable continued expansion of collaborative
research among our scientists, and will foster interaction between
Scripps Ph.D. students and NOAA experts,” said Tony Haymet, director of
Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
- OpEd: Help From Within and Without
The Straits Times—May 9, 2009
Recent moves by the countries of the 'Coral Triangle' — Indonesia, Malaysia,
the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, and the Solomon Islands - to
protect the reefs of South-east Asia are both timely and laudable. But they
cannot be fully effective without focused help from their friends. (Written
by Scripps Director Tony Haymet.)
- Global Ocean Talks Underway in Indonesia
Yahoo! News—May 11, 2009
A key global conference on oceans opened Monday in Indonesia with a warning
that climate change will accelerate the destruction of already precious
marine resources. Officials and ministers from more than 70 countries are
meeting over five days in the port of Manado in a bid to influence crucial
climate change talks in Denmark in December.
- Regional Partnership to
Develop Algal Biofuels Gets Backing of San Diego Leaders
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
News – April 28, 2009
San Diego Mayor Jerry
Sanders today joined UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, local
scientists and industry leaders to announce their support for a regional
partnership designed to develop innovative ways to turn algae into
- ICSU-WMO-IOC-IGFA Review of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP): Final Report – Prepublication
During 2007–09, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is under review by ICSU, the International Group of Funding Agencies for Global Change Research (IGFA), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC). The goal of the reviews is to evaluate the extent to which the international programmes add value to their respective areas of research and to the national programmes that contribute to them.
- A Home for Climate Center
San Diego Union-Tribune – April 19, 2009
With world-renowned scientists at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, including such historical icons as Roger Revelle and Charles David Keeling, San Diego rightly can claim to be a global center of climate change research.
- Tony Haymet Participates in China-US Workshop on Cooperation in Energy and Climate Change
Beijing – April 9, 2009
A panel of a dozen American climate experts and China hands were in Beijing this week with Chinese counterparts for a day-long workshop organized by the Asia Society and Peking and Tsinghua Universities.
(Read New Yorker Blog)
- Climate Change Effects in California
Science Daily – April 1, 2009
A biennial report released April 1 by a team of experts that advises
California’s governor suggests that climate changes are poised to
affect virtually every sector of the state’s economy and most of its
ecosystems. Significant impacts will likely occur under even moderate
scenarios of global greenhouse emissions and associated climate change,
but without action, severe and costly climate change impacts are
possible across the state.
- What's on Your Cleantech Innovation Wish List?
CleanTech Forum - Washington, D.C. – February 25, 2009
Leaders of the scientific community talk about what needs to
happen--and the little-known work already being done--in the cleantech
- Opinion: Carbon Soot is an Important Player in Climate Change
San Diego Union-Tribune - March 17, 2009
Soot and pollutants like it are among the last climate change agents to be fully appreciated by science, but their control could lead to the first international victory in the fight against global warming. These aerosols may feature in a fascinating interplay of science and policy in the lead-up to the United Nations' climate conference in Copenhagen this December, but only if conference participants can broaden their perspective on the causes of global warming. (Written by Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.) More
- Oceans, Carbon Dioxide, and Acidity
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The Science Show (Radio) - Feb. 28, 2009
Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is increasingly worried about ocean acidification. He cites the work of Dick Feely which showed highly acidic water off California. He too says human interaction with chemicals or additives is no solution. He says verification of such intervention would be extremely difficult and costly. The Great Barrier Reef is threatened by increased ocean temperature, increased acidity and pollution from runoff. It all adds up to stress and threat to the reef. Click here to listen to interview
- Opinion: Four Developments to Watch in Clean Tech
San Jose Mercury News– Feb. 24, 2009
The nexus of global energy markets and climate change science is a dynamic place these days. As more than 800 clean-technology leaders representing about $3 trillion in capital gather this week at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco on the eve of a new era for green jobs and the environment, major shifts are under way that could change the global energy and climate agenda. (Written by Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.) Click here to view full article (Copyright held by San Jose Mercury News)
- Scripps Contributes to Google Earth's Expansion into the Ocean
Imperial Valley News – Feb. 2, 2009
Seafloor imagery from a Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego scientist brings the oceans to life in a new version of Google Earth unveiled today. “Google Earth’s expansion into the ocean offers tremendous opportunities to educate the public about the challenges facing our planet, of which 70 percent lies underwater,” said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps and vice chancellor for Marine Sciences at UC San Diego.
- San Diego Algae Biofuels Industry Gains Steam with R&D Consortium
Xconomy – Jan. 21, 2009
The San Diego region is undertaking a broad initiative to accelerate development of algae-to-biofuels technology by establishing a new organization, the San Diego Center for Algae-based Biofuels, or SD-CAB. Algae research is still at a relatively early stage, says Tony Haymet, director of UC San Deigo’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and vice chairman of CleanTech San Diego’s board. But Haymet says he’s encouraged by San Diego’s “critical mass of companies, General Atomics included.”
Director Keeps Scripps at Forefront of Oceanographic Study
San Diego Daily Transcript – Dec. 31, 2008
Tony Haymet is at the helm of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a scientific organization that provides society with knowledge -- real data on the effects of global climate change -- that will help shape the future of the planet. He's a distinguished professor and researcher with stints at Harvard and Berkeley. He has authored more than 160 peer-reviewed scientific articles and serves as the University of California, San Diego's vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences.
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- Scripps Institution Nets $12M from Washington
San Diego Business Journal – Dec. 1, 2008
A $12 million award from the Department of Commerce will jump-start efforts to build environmental research laboratories at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The facility will house research on marine ecosystems, which offer insights into climate change and other global phenomena, and will act as a gathering site for national organizations with similar interests. “It’s a morale booster,” said Scripps Director Tony Haymet. “I’m just thrilled for all of our people who work so hard, first of all, to get the science right."
- Building Boom at Scripps
San Diego Union-Tribune – Nov. 25, 2008
Construction is winding down on a state-of-the-art conference center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, but campus officials won't get much of a break before their next building project begins. The institution announced the U.S. Department of Commerce pledged $12 million toward a new marine ecosystems laboratory. Construction is scheduled to start in summer 2010 and conclude in 2012. The award was a coup for Scripps, selected from among 93 grant applications nationwide. Officials said it's rare for the federal government to offer grant money for building laboratories. “We are grateful for this vote of confidence,” said Tony Haymet, Scripps director.
- Advice and Comments: Make Climate Change the Priority, Involve China
San Diego Union-Tribune – Nov. 13, 2008
From climate change and science education to energy and the space program, President Barack Obama will be faced with a host of pressing issues in science, medicine, and technology when he takes office in January. The choices he makes – and the actions he takes – will affect all of us, immediately and far into the future, in ways both obvious and unforeseen. Which problems should he tackle first? What is the top priority? What is most important? We asked local scientists, doctors, teachers, and thinkers for their ideas and insights.
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Unprecedented Look at San Diego Bay via New Center
Imperial Valley News – Oct. 11, 2008
The San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has approved funding for a new interdisciplinary research center to study San Diego Bay, its watershed and San Diego’s beaches and coasts. The Center for Bay and Coastal Dynamics (CBCD) brings together geologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and ecologists from San Diego State University (SDSU) to study the complex environmental processes influencing San Diego Bay and surrounding coastal waters.
Haymet Talk on Breakthroughs from the World’s Leading Research InstitutionsABSTRACT:
CleanTech Forum - Washington, D.C. – Sept. 16, 2008
Forward looking leaders from Science outline the near to medium term breakthroughs which may provide disruptive market opportunities while addressing resource constraints, climate change, water scarcity and mitigation and adaptation opportunities over the 2nd and 3rd decades of the 21st Century. (Download PDF)
- Protecting Oceans Now a Regional Quest
La Jolla Light – Aug. 27, 2008
The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington pledged to better protect and manage the ocean and coastal resources when they signed the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health in 2006. The agreement's long-term action plan, released in July, calls for the three states to coordinate efforts and share information on several fronts, from clean beaches to research and public education. "It's a great step," said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. "It capitalizes on things done before and takes them to another level."
Acid Threat to Ocean Fisheries
Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Aug. 19, 2008
A scientist is warning excessive greenhouse gas emissions are making the oceans more acidic, putting at risk global fisheries. Director Tony Haymet, from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, says organisms that make calcium carbonate shells are a pivotal part of the food chain for fish, and are being affected by the rising acidity. He says recent research work on carbon dioxide sinks in the oceans indicates there's a problem.
- An Educational Journey: Questions for Tony Haymet
Voice of San Diego - July 4, 2008
Tony Haymet, an Australian chemist, was named the 10th director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego. He came to Scripps from Australia's national science research agency, where he served as science and policy director. In his two years at Scripps, four of the school's climate change researchers have won Nobel Peace prizes and the institution's global warming studies -- and its other academic research -- have continued receiving international attention. We sat down with Haymet to get his assessment of the world's oceans, to learn what evolutionary mysteries he'd like to understand about the ocean and to talk about his beef with NASA.
China Just Might Surprise the U.S. on Climate Change
San Francisco Chronicle, Opinion - May 28, 2008
The next American administration should be prepared for a China that is getting serious about the climate change issue for its own domestic reasons. Chinese experts understand that global warming will affect their country much more severely than North America. (Written by Tony Haymet, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and Susan Shirk, Director of the UC System-wide Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation)
- UCSD to Lower Its SDG&E Bills, Energize Renewable Resource Plan
San Diego Business Journal - April 28, 2008
As part of its effort to promote renewable energy, UC San Diego will gradually reduce the amount of electricity it purchases from San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and replace it with "green" power produced from fuel cells and solar sources on campus. The primary reason for the change, which may result in cheaper electricity bills, is to reduce the school's greenhouse gas emissions, university officials say.
- Keelings' Half-Century of CO2 Measurements Serves as Global Warming's Longest Yardstick
San Diego Union-Tribune - March 27, 2008
Fifty years ago this month, geochemist Charles David Keeling began recording the curve of the earth. Few scientific studies have had a bigger impact, and not just on people in white lab coats. Like the carbon dioxide Keeling studied, the results of his research have circled the globe. He began monitoring CO2 levels in the atmosphere at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, in March of 1958. He was working for Roger Revelle, then director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and one of the founders of UC San Diego.
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Metro Movers To Watch In 08
San Diego Metropolitan - Dec. 3, 2007
Tony Haymet is the new face of global warming at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego,
where in 1956 then-Scripps Director Roger Revelle established an atmospheric carbon dioxide monitoring program that laid the foundation for what concerns us today.
Better Ocean Monitoring 'Vital'
BBC News - Nov. 25, 2007
Warming seas, overfishing, and pollution mean it is vital to improve the system for monitoring the world's oceans, says a group of distinguished scientists. The researchers say more data is needed to ensure the world is able to respond effectively to any potential threats. Tony Haymet, chairman of the Pogo's executive committee and director of UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said the international community had agreed to "construct a comprehensive, integrated ocean observing system two decades ago." But he added that the venture was less than half completed.
- Studying Oceans with JOI
La Jolla Village News - October 26, 2007
The Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI) has awarded a $97.7 million contract to an academic partnership led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), to support the development, installation, and initial operation of the coastal and global components of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The WHOI partnership includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
- Governor Signs Ocean Protection Bills
North County Times - October 15, 2007
In a flurry of activity leading up to today's deadline for signing legislation passed this year, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week put his signature on several bills that boost protection of the Pacific Ocean. Tony Haymet, director of UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a trustee with the California Ocean Science Trust, praised the governor and Legislature. Haymet said the bills "demonstrate the commitment of our state's leadership to broad and forward-thinking ocean protection policies."
- Project to Bring Undersea Wonders to Web Users
San Francisco Chronicle - July 29, 2007
Up to now, oceanographers went out on research vessels periodically, taking samples and making measurements, at a cost of about $25,000 per vessel per trip, said Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. For the Ocean Observatories Initiative, Scripps will develop and manage sensors going deep into the ocean. Down the road, scientists will be able to predict what the ocean will be like in the future, create that world virtually, and travel in it, say those involved in the project.
Economic Summit Examines Both Threat and Opportunity
Vancouver Sun, Opinion - May 31, 2007
There is serious leadership on climate change arising from the west coast of the North American continent.
The Planet NASA Needs to Explore
Washington Post, Opinion - May 10, 2007
As momentum gathers to reinvigorate human space missions to the moon and Mars, we risk hurting ourselves, and Earth, in the long run.
- Changing the State's Energy Dynamic
San Diego Union-Tribune - May 9, 2008
The creation of the California Institute for Climate Solutions, a $600 million new research institute created by the state Public Utilities Commission, demonstrates bold leadership on the seminal environmental and economic issue of our time – climate change. It also lets Californians do what we do best: lead in innovation in a way that is good for both the environment and the economy. Climate science was born here at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and continues to inform policy conversations today. Since its founding in 1903, Scripps has been an international leader in studying oceans, the driver of global climate change. Fifty years ago, Charles David Keeling from Scripps started the record of human impact on climate by measuring carbon – innovation that continues to this day. Now, led by renowned scientist Tony Haymet and supported by an entire community of world-class research institutes, universities, and companies, San Diego has been the center of activity around climate change for 50 years.
Urgent Need for Aussie Eyes in the Skies
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia - Mar. 31, 2007
Australians are inspired by human space flight, but more importantly we are one of the world's great observers of planet Earth from space. During the past decade, we have opened our eyes in space and learned to use a variety of satellites to forecast cyclones, spot bushfires, measure soil moisture, foretell our weather, prospect for minerals, measure rising sea levels, monitor the Great Barrier Reef, and predict the "ocean state" for everyone from recreational fishermen and surfers to the Royal Australian Navy. The economic and security value of this information is untold. (Written by Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.)
- Overloaded Oceans
Nine MSN, Opinion - Mar. 30, 2007
Ocean acidification is a real and potentially devastating consequence of climate change that demands immediate attention. (Written by Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography.)
Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere - First Signs of Increase
The Science Show - Mar. 10, 2007
ABC National Radio, Australia
The first predictions about CO2 were made 100 years ago. The then director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Roger Revelle and Scripps scientist Charles David Keeling conducted the first experiments on CO2 in the atmosphere 50 years ago. Tony Haymet says what we do in the next 5 years will effect where the world goes in terms of climate in the next 50, and beyond.
Keeping our Focus on What Matters Most
The Oregonian, Opinion - Mar. 15, 2007
The climate change we're experiencing is the most critical problem planet Earth has ever faced. The West needs to deliver that message with one voice.
Climate Change and the Ocean Environment - Tony Haymet
NATO Parliamentary Assembly - Nov. 15, 2006
Science And Technology Committee
This is the almost 50 year record of CO2 concentration on top of Mauna Loa started by C.D. Keeling. The funding challenges along the way are noted. This CO2 stays in the atmosphere for hundreds of years, and heats up our planet by trapping additional radiation energy - the so-called "greenhouse" effect. The physics of this effect is not contested by scientists. More