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Mar 04, 2016 Meat Is Murder — On the Climate, Anyway
Sure, it looks like we've got them where we want them, penned up in farms, easily led to the meat-packing plants. But in an ongoing display of passive resistance, they may be trying to take us with them. Beyond the fat and cholesterol, they're also one of the leading sources of methane — a planet-...
Feb 26, 2016 Eric Rignot Appointed Bren Professor
Eric Rignot was appointed Donald Bren Professor of Earth System Science, one of the most distinguished appointments at UC Irvine.  Funded by Donald Bren, this endowed chair is granted to professors who are internationally recognized as leaders in emerging issues. ​ Rignot is a world-renowned...
Feb 25, 2016 Researchers sniff out more than 200 methane hot spots in LA, Riverside, Orange counties
Power plants, water treatment facilities and even cattle in Chino are just a few of the things creating methane hot spots around Southern California, according to a new study out from the University of California, Irvine. The study looked at areas around the Los Angeles Basin emitting the highest...
Feb 25, 2016 California gas well blowout caused nation’s largest methane release, study finds
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 25, 2016 — The Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout released more than 100,000 tons of the powerful greenhouse gas methane before the well was finally plugged Feb. 11, according to the first study of the event, to be published Feb. 26 in the journal Science. The results...
Feb 24, 2016 UCI maps methane leaks across Los Angeles Basin
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 24, 2016 – Hundreds of methane-emitting hot spots have been identified across the Los Angeles Basin, including a “clean ports” truck refueling facility near the Port of Long Beach, power plants, water treatment facilities, and cattle in Chino, according to new findings by the...
Feb 24, 2016 What do cows in Chino and the Porter Ranch-area gas leak have in common?
If anyone thought the Porter Ranch-area gas leak was the only major contributor of methane to Southern California’s air, think again, according to a new study. The findings, by UC Irvine atmospheric scientists, show hundreds of “methane-emitting hot spots” across the Los Angeles region. They...
Feb 23, 2016 Low-Lying O.C. Cities In Most Danger, UCI Educator Says
 Orange County, low-lying coastal cities like Huntington Beach and Newport Beach face the most dire consequences of climate change because “a lot of sea level rise is now inevitable,” says Steve Davis, an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s Department of Earth System Science. The most vulnerable...
Feb 23, 2016 Physicist Franklin Dollar Named 2016 Sloan Fellow
Assistant Professor Franklin Dollar was selected as 2016 Sloan Fellow, a significant distinction for early career scientists. Dollar’s research is on the most intense laser interactions with matter. These interactions generate some of the highest electric and magnetic fields in a lab, and are...
Feb 17, 2016 UCI’s Trimble attends announcement of LIGO gravitational wave discovery
UCI astronomer and physicist Virginia Trimble was a special guest at the National Science Foundation’s major announcement Feb. 12 of the long-sought detection of gravitational waves, a key part of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Trimble was invited by agency director France Cordova...
Feb 12, 2016 Remembering Joseph Weber, the controversial pioneer of gravitational waves
Yesterday, as dozens of journalists, scientists, and government officials crammed into a press conference in Washington, D.C., to hear the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s (LIGO’s) official announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves, organizers reserved a place in the...

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