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The New York Times, April 10, 2022 (Opinion)
Opinion: We Are Wasting Time on These Climate Debates. The Next Steps are Clear.
Steven Davis, professor of Earth system science and others write, “Climate change threatens to jeopardize communities, public health and the environment. The next steps are clearer and more affordable than they have ever been. Rather than getting distracted by distant and likely irreducible uncertainties, let’s focus on what matters: deploying clean technologies we know we need, implementing a coherent climate policy, laying the groundwork for future progress and creating a just transition that shares the benefits of a sustainable energy system.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/nytimes]

The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2022
Financial Policy Stymied as Biden Faces Confirmation Struggles
Divergent Democratic views regarding financial regulation have made advancing financial nominees unusually difficult in the evenly divided Senate, where Mr. Biden typically can’t afford to lose a single Democratic vote. “It’s rare, especially in banking, that you’re going to get one candidate that aligns with both camps of Democrats,” said Mehrsa Baradaran, a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Baradaran was among several individuals the administration considered last year to become the comptroller of the currency but never nominated for the position. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]

Health, April 8, 2022
Will BA.2 Cause Another COVID Wave in the U.S.?
Additionally, current events can impact COVID-19 waves, and might be helpful in explaining why certain populations are seeing a rise in BA.2 cases while others aren’t. Some of the surges in Europe could currently or eventually be related to the war in Ukraine—and the resulting mass migration—Bernadette Bodin-Albala, PhD, MPH, director and founding dean of public health at University of California Irvine, told Health.com. “You have a lot of potential for variants or spread because you’ve got more vulnerable populations,” she said. Only around 35% of Ukrainians have been vaccinated.

Orange County Business Journal, April 11, 2022
Why Executives Rate California Business Climate Unfavorably
Ken Murphy, assistant professor, UCI Merage School of Business and Chapman professors write, “About 63% of CEO’s rate the state’s overall business climate as being either highly unfavorable or somewhat unfavorable. … Clearly, if the state and Orange County want to reverse this trend, in addition to rethinking the tax environment for businesses and individuals, the government needs to focus on regulatory reform and the relationship it has with businesses.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Popular Science, April 9, 2022
How researchers in a simulated moon habitat survived extreme isolation
For two space architects who spent two months in a remote Arctic habitat to simulate lunar exploration, getting personal and spending time on leisure helped keep them happier and pass the time quicker, according to a new study. … Even though there were only two participants, the study was conceptually robust, says Valerie Olson, an environmental anthropologist [and professor] at the University of California, Irvine, who has authored a book on the culture of spaceflight and wasn’t involved with the work. It is a nice example of exploring the relationship between social and psychological factors, she says.

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