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Innovation marks last day parallel event to Rio +20


June 13, 2012

Estado (Brazil)
Technological innovations were the highlight of the last day of presentations TEDxRio +20 yesterday, Tuesday, at the Copacabana Fort. Among the creations, a floor that produces and accumulates energy and an underwater robot designed to conduct expeditions in deep water. (Features 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


June 4, 2012

Monaco Blue Initiative
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet was a participant in this global discussion.


What’s an Ocean Worth?


June 1, 2012

The Vancouver Sun
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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May 29, 2012 (online)
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Deep Respect for the Oceans Our Lives Depend On


May 28, 2012

Korea JoongAng Daily
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)


James Cameron ‘Bearing Witness’ in the Deepest Dark


March 27, 2012

Washington Post
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.


Exploring Our Own Alien World


March 26, 2012

New York Times
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)


Scripps’ Tony Haymet: We Need a Trust Fund for Ocean Data


February 24, 2012

World Ocean’s Summit
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.
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Insuring the Oceans


February 22, 2012

Straits Times
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)
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The Monetary Worth of Preserving the Ocean


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 WorthÂ


August 1, 2011

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)
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Southern Calif. Energy Hub Eyed for Clues to  U.S. Green Economy


June 2, 2011

The New York Times
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


May 28, 2011

San Diego Union-Tribune
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 OceansÂ


April 11, 2011

University of Sydney
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


February 9, 2011

La Jolla Light
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


January 12, 2011

Scientific American
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)


December 19, 2010

European Project on Ocean Acidification
Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego Director Tony Haymet discusses ocean acidification at COP-16 in Cancun Mexico.
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OpEd: The Oceans’ SOSÂ


December 13, 2010

Los Angeles Times
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


December 7, 2010

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)


December 6, 2010

Climate Change TV
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


December 3, 2010

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.