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Sep 22, 2016 The Earth is soaking up less carbon than we thought — which could make it warm up even faster
It might sound strange, but scientists believe the ground we walk on can be a huge weapon in the fight against climate change. That’s because the earth’s soil is serves as a giant carbon reservoir, containing trillions of tons that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere.   Currently, soil is...
Sep 22, 2016 Soil carbon storage not the climate change fix it was thought, research finds
Hopes that large amounts of planet-warming carbon dioxide could be buried in soils appear to be grossly misplaced, with new research finding that the ground will soak up far less carbon over the coming century than previously thought. Radiocarbon dating of soils, when combined with previous models...
Sep 22, 2016 Soil will absorb less atmospheric carbon than expected this century, UCI-led study finds
By adding highly accurate radiocarbon dating of soil to standard Earth system models, environmental scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have learned a dirty little secret: The ground will absorb far less atmospheric carbon dioxide this century than previously...
Aug 15, 2016 UCI physicists confirm possible discovery of fifth force of nature
Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine. “If true, it’...
Jul 27, 2016 James Nowick named to 2016 class of ACS fellows
The American Chemical Society has named James Nowick, UCI professor and chair of chemistry, to its 2016 class of fellows. He is one of 57 distinguished scientists chosen as ACS fellows this year for “outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and important contributions to ACS, the world’s largest...
Jun 30, 2016 Remember the Ozone Hole? Now There's Proof It's Healing.
After three decades of observation, scientists have finally found the first fingerprints of healing in the notorious Southern Hemisphere ozone hole. In 1974, Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland, two chemists at the University of California, Irvine, published an article in Nature detailing...
Jun 29, 2016 El Niño could drive intense season for Amazon fires
The long-lasting effects of El Niño are projected to cause an intense fire season in the Amazon, according to the 2016 seasonal forecast from scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine. El Niño conditions in 2015 and early 2016 altered rainfall patterns around the world.  In the...
Jun 24, 2016 UC Irvine Scientists Develop New Method in Converting Plastic Garbage to Liquid Fuel
A team of researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC) in China has devised a new method of converting millions of tons of plastic garbage into liquid fuels. The new method, described in a paper published in the journal Science...
Jun 20, 2016 Kenneth C. Janda appointed to serve second term as dean
Kenneth C. Janda has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the UCI School of Physical Sciences. The announcement came from UCI’s Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, Enrique Lavernia, on June 14th and will be effective July 1, 2016. During the last five years, the school has...
Jun 20, 2016 UCI chemists help find way to recycle plastic waste into fuel
Millions of tons of plastic bottles, bags and other trash littering the oceans and clogging landfills could be turned into reusable fuel, thanks to research by the University of California, Irvine and the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry. UCI chemist Zhibin Guan is among those who have...

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