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Mar 25, 2016 LA's Methane Leak Was the Biggest in US History
When Steven Conley first circled the cloud pouring out of a ruptured Los Angeles natural gas reservoir, he was shocked at the numbers his instruments were recording. "Right away, I knew it was something strange. Either this was an equipment problem, or this was an off-the-scale, huge leak," said...
Mar 25, 2016 First study of Aliso Canyon leak confirms it was the largest methane leak in U.S. history
Updated | Juli Gallaher didn’t think twice when Donald Blake asked her to help collect air samples from locations where her Porter Ranch neighbors reported smelling gas. She’d known Blake, an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine, for years. Plus, she wanted to know for sure:...
Mar 07, 2016 Star power
Occupying a nondescript building on the outskirts of suburban Orange County that looks more like a warehouse than a superhero’s lair, a team of scientists and engineers believe they’re on a path to saving the planet. They work for Tri Alpha Energy, a company with deep connections to the University...
Mar 05, 2016 Storify: Methane Gas Leak Studies
Two recent studies by UC Irvine researchers look at the damaging effects of methane gas leaks. One mapped methane gas leaks across the LA Basin. Another showed the Aliso Canyon natural gas well blowout caused the nation's largest methane release.  To view a collection of media coverage go to: https...
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 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 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 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 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...

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