The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 15, 2015
The evidence is piling up that higher minimum wages kill jobs
[David] Neumark, economics professor and director of the Center for Economics and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine [writes]: Economists point to a crucial question: Will a higher minimum wage reduce the number of jobs for the country’s least skilled workers? President Obama says “there is no solid evidence that a higher minimum wage costs jobs.” On the contrary, a full and fair reading of the evidence shows the opposite. Raising the minimum wage will cost jobs, particularly those held by the least-skilled.
KPBS, Dec. 15, 2015
Southern California researchers help Tijuana residents prepare for rains
The bi-national effort is part of FloodRISE, a UC Irvine-led project that aims to decrease damage from coastal floods in Southern California. “We’re working with the community to better understand what the flood risk is in this location,” project manager Kim Serrano said. Researchers are creating computer models of flood-prone areas in Tijuana to measure how risks change in different scenarios, Serrano said.
Reuters, Dec. 16, 2015
Near shooting site, views of Republican debate shaped by events
That wasn’t how Bushra Bangee, 19, saw things. She was frustrated by how much of the debate focused on Muslims at the expense of other issues. Watching the debate … with other Muslim students at the Southern California offices of the Council on Islamic Relations, the urban planning major at the University of California, Irvine, noted that the Paris climate talks, which just concluded, weren’t a subject of serious discussion.
The Huffington Post, Dec. 14, 2015
“Self-radicalization” and responsibility for violence
Cecelia Lynch, professor of political science and international studies at the University of California, Irvine [writes]: If we’re going to talk about self-radicalized shooters … we need to be egalitarian, and identify as “self-radicalized” all those disconnected individuals who commit mass murder in the name of Christianity, Islam, white power or any other ideology or creed.
Scientific American, Dec. 16, 2015
El Niño could ignite Amazon, drench California
This El Niño, which has helped trigger more than 100,000 fires in Indonesia and spewed an estimated 1.75 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents into the atmosphere, will next threaten tropical forests in Southeast Asia and in southern Mexico, Guatemala and other countries in Central America, said James Randerson, an Earth system scientist at the University of California, Irvine.
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