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Sep 08, 2019 Irvine can lead fight on climate change, by transitioning to solar
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns we have until 2030 to reduce our global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 45% to avoid a catastrophic outcome. Short of this, we can expect worsened droughts, diminished air quality and skyrocketing food prices. This reduction seems insurmountable...
Sep 03, 2019 Steven R. White Awarded 2019 Feenberg Memorial Medal
Feenberg Memorial Medal Awarded to Steven R. White, Founder of the Many Electron Collaboration The Feenberg Memorial Medal serves to preserve the memory of the unique and enduring contributions of Eugene Feenberg to physics, especially to the foundations of nuclear physics and the microscopic...
Sep 02, 2019 Global Carbon Emissions Continue To Rise Despite Efforts To Cut Them
      AILSA CHANG, HOST: Think about a world in which not a single new gas car hits the road. All new homes are heated with electricity, not gas. New power plants come online free of fossil fuels, and a quarter of existing power plants shut down right away, well before their expected lifetime is...
Sep 02, 2019 Turning seawater into drinking water
What if you could dip your water bottle into the ocean, let it sit in the sun for about an hour and then gulp it down? Revolutionary, right? That’s what Shane Ardo is working on in his lab at UC Irvine. And he’s got a lot of backers who believe he can do it. The associate professor of chemistry has...
Aug 29, 2019 How Satellites and Telescopes are Tracking the Effect of Global Change, Down to the Millimeter
Last July, engineers achieved first light on a towering radio antenna, 12 meters across, that watches for signals flashing from cosmic beacons called quasars located in the distant universe. Nearby, scientists have set up new global-positioning-system stations—tripods topped with bulbous heads that...
Aug 29, 2019 Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon
NASA has called Africa the “fire continent” that’s home to at least 70% of the 10,000 fires burning worldwide on an average August day, though the agency says the number of fires is consistent from year to year. While French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is considering launching an...
Aug 28, 2019 UCI-led team creates first high-resolution global map of surface ocean phosphate
The researchers’ findings, published today in Science Advances, have important implications for climate change predictions. Ocean algae, or phytoplankton, absorbs a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s atmosphere, thereby providing a valuable service in regulating the planet’s...
Aug 27, 2019 The Amazon has a point of no return
The rise in fires set in the Amazon this year, stoked by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's encouragement of large-scale deforestation for logging and agriculture, is emblematic of the region's persistent deforestation woes: Some fires are set to clear forest that has already been chopped down,...
Aug 26, 2019 Putting out the Amazon fires isn’t just a physical challenge — it’s a political one
Now comes the hard part. The fight to quell the blazes will be waged not only in one of the most inhospitable places on Earth — an expanse so vast, dense and remote that many of the fires can be reached only by foot — but also in a country where the president is openly antagonizing the donors who...
Aug 19, 2019 Lifelong Successes, Public Enlightenment: Virginia Trimble to Receive Gemant Award for Championing the Social Perspective of Science
Trimble is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, is a staff astronomer and member of the advisory board for the Las Cumbres Observatory in Goleta, California, and holds an honorary staff position at the Queen Jadwinga Observatory in...

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