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To help combat California’s worst drought for more than 1,000 years, state governor Jerry Brown has called for the replacement of urban lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping. … Ecologists should work with municipal initiatives to expand such refurbished urban green spaces into nearby areas of native vegetation, which would restore connectivity between native-habitat remnants. … Peter Bowler, University of California, Irvine. PDF
Is it possible that raising the minimum wage isn’t actually the best path toward helping low-income workers? KCRW talked to David Neumark, Economics Professor and Director at the Center for Economics & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Neumark said that it isn’t the minimum wage that will help the close the income inequality gap, but more reliance on the Earned Income Tax Credit.
It’s family-run small businesses like this that will suffer the most as Orange County undergoes a landscape change, said UC Irvine law professor Robert Solomon …. Solomon predicts an initial boon in business for the landscaping industry as homeowners spend money on new drought-tolerant plants. Those landscapes then have to be maintained, possibly by workers with more expertise than mowing lawns.
Drought-stricken California has a lot to learn from Melbourne, Australia, according to UC Irvine civil and environmental engineering professor Stanley Grant. He’s the senior author of a study published Tuesday outlining how Melbourne slashed its water consumption in half during a recent drought that lasted more than a decade. … “We can take inspiration in the degree of leadership, the very public debate, and the experimentation,” Grant said.
We believe that awe deprivation has had a hand in a broad societal shift that has been widely observed over the past 50 years … To reverse this trend, we suggest that people insist on experiencing more everyday awe, to actively seek out what gives them goose bumps, be it in looking at trees, night skies, patterns of wind on water or the quotidian nobility of others … All of us will be better off for it. Paul Piff is an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine.
In the past 20 years, more than 100 campaigns to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced in various states. All but three have failed. … According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is currently the third-leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults, and the 10th-leading cause of death overall in the U.S. … Dr. Kheriaty is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry and director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine, School of Medicine. PDF
The Global Compassion Summit at UC Irvine is expected to feature fellow Nobel Laureates, leaders and experts with whom the Dalai Lama has collaborated or shares common values. Some of the discussions will address awakening compassion, the effects of climate change and the significance of education in advancing universal human values.
UC Irvine’s environmental staff plans to chop down at least 1,000 trees, because they’ve been invaded by a tiny species of beetle. “We’re seeing an infestation of the polyphagous shot hole borer,” said John Kabashima, who studies infestations for the UC system … “It’s very prevalent in the Orange County region, so things we can learn on the campus here, hopefully can be applied to the region around us,” said Richard Demerjian, from the university’s environmental planning and sustainability office.
So when Mr. Burden, who died on May 10, decided to create “Shoot,” back in 1971, he made sure to find both a trained marksman and a trustworthy friend. Under the auspices of performance art, a handful of friends gathered in a makeshift art gallery and watched a long-haired man train his .22-caliber rifle on Mr. Burden … [Chris Burden and Bruce Dunlap are alumni of UCI]
Jay Famiglietti – hydrologist, UC Irvine professor, and senior water scientist for NASA’s JPL … sounding an alarm about California’s epic drought … It’s possible that recent water restrictions will signal a new era of savvy water management in California, but Famiglietti knows there is much work left to be done. … California’s water wars are really a national, even global, concern.
Want to be more selfless? Try gazing at the stars: Feeling a sensation of awe from the world around us could make us kinder
By making us ‘feeling diminished in the presence of something greater than oneself’ … awe shifts our focus away from our own individual needs and towards the greater good, the researchers from the University of California, Irvine said. … Said lead researcher, Dr. Paul Piff, “When experiencing awe, you may not, egocentrically speaking, feel like you’re at the center of the world anymore.”
I’m afloat above the Arctic Circle on the MV Cape Race, a 110-foot commercial fishing trawler refurbished as an expedition yacht, my back turned to the northwest coast of Greenland …. My 11 fellow travelers include a research team organized by glaciologist Eric Rignot, professor of earth system science at UC Irvine and senior scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ….