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New York Magazine – Intelligencer , Aug. 5, 2022
Will the Inflation Reduction Act Bring Carbon Capture to the Market?
Experts hope that incentives like this bill — which includes a $180 per ton credit for direct capture, up from $50 — could help launch commercial-scale carbon capture. To understand how the bill could impact the industry, I spoke with University of California, Irvine, chemist [Chancellor’s Professor], Jenny Y. Yang, who researches how to power carbon capture through electricity.

Axios, Aug. 5, 2022
The next public health emergency
Facing a groundswell of criticism for its sluggish response to monkeypox, the Biden administration declared a public health emergency on Thursday, potentially unlocking resources to expedite vaccine availability in the U.S. Why it matters: It’s likely the first step toward asking Congress for more money, but also allows the federal health department to tap into other resources as it seeks to beef up countermeasures. “It’s absolutely welcome. It’s many weeks overdue, but it’s the right move,” University of California, Irvine epidemiologist, [associate professor of public health], Andrew Noymer told Axios.

Healthline, Aug. 1, 2022
Is it Luck or Something Else? How Never COVID ‘Novids’ Have Avoided COVID-19
“Some people have been more faithful to mitigation measures, including being vaccinated and boosted, masking, social distancing and avoiding crowds, working remotely, and avoiding travel and venues that increase risk,” David Souleles, MPH, director of the COVID-19 Response Team at the University of California Irvine and director of MPH Program & Practice at the UCI Program in Public Health, told Healthline. “These measures all work to reduce the risk of becoming infected and, when layered together, can provide significant protection against COVID-19 infection.”

MoneyGeek, July 31, 2022
What are the key differences between recessions and stagflations?
Eric Swanson, UCI professor of economics says: “Normally, the economy grows over time. A recession is a time when a wide range of economic variables reverse course and move in the opposite direction for more than a month or two. …  Stagflation is a period when the economy is experiencing inflation and also stagnation, where stagnation means either a recession or unusually slow growth. Thus, if the economy is growing slowly, we can have stagflation without a recession. On the other hand, if inflation is low, but the economy is shrinking, we could have a recession without stagflation.”

FiveThirtyEight, Aug. 3, 2022
Why Abortion May Be A Winning Issue For Democrats
Michael Tesler, UCI professor of political science writes, “Abortion has all the elements, then, of a particularly potent wedge issue for the Democratic Party. Democrats are increasingly unified and motivated to return to the status quo of legal abortions under Roe — a constitutional right that most Americans had long taken for granted. Republicans, meanwhile, are more divided and demobilized by an issue that has historically rallied its base. And independents are closer to Democrats on abortion, especially in states where Republican lawmakers have passed overwhelmingly unpopular abortion bans without exceptions for rape and incest.”

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