UCI News

Newsweek, Feb. 25, 2016
First study of Aliso Canyon leak confirms it was largest methane leak in U.S. history
Juli Gallaher didn’t think twice when Donald Blake asked her to help collect air samples from locations where her Porter Ranch neighbors reported smelling gas. She’d known Blake, an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine, for years. Plus, she wanted to know for sure: Should she expect more persistent aches and pains − or worse − for her family who had been breathing in methane by that point for weeks?

Los Angeles Times, Feb. 25, 2016
Porter Ranch leak declared largest methane leak in U.S. history
Conley and colleagues also had help from UC Irvine atmospheric chemist and study coauthor Donald Blake, who used sampling canisters both on the ground and in flight to store some of the plume and take the contents back for analysis. … Thanks to Blake’s canisters, the researchers were also able to quantify the amount of benzene released in the plume.

Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 25, 2016
Study estimates Porter Ranch gas leak doubled LA’s methane emissions
UC Irvine researcher and co-author Donald Blake …. estimated that the pollution put out by the gas leak was the equivalent to the annual emissions from half a million vehicles. … Another study from UCI published this week highlighted several recurring methane hotspots throughout the Los Angeles basin ….

Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 25, 2016
Researchers sniff out more than 200 methane hot spots in LA, Riverside, Orange counties
Power plants, water treatment facilities and even cattle in Chino are just a few of the things creating methane hot spots around Southern California, according to a new study out from the University of California, Irvine. … Guest:  Francesca Hopkins, post-doctoral fellow at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead author of the UCI study, which mapped methane hot spots across the L.A. Basin.

Southern California Public Radio, Feb. 25, 2016
After Scalia, gauging political will for Supreme Court term limits
In the current climate, could Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama gin up support for such an amendment? Guests: Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the School of Law at UC Irvine and an expert on constitutional law ….

CNN, Feb. 25, 2016
How should Obama pick a replacement for Scalia?
Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine, [and] author of The Case Against the Supreme Court, [writes]: He should pick a person with impeccable credentials, a compelling life story, and no paper trail with regard to ideology. He should select someone that the Republicans cannot campaign against and where Republican opposition would come at a significant political cost.

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