National Geographic, Jan. 11, 2023
What is the ozone layer, and why does it matter?
In 1974, Mario Molina [postdoctoral student] and Sherwood Rowland, [chemistry professor] at the University of California, Irvine, published an article in the journal Nature detailing threats to the ozone layer from chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases. At the time, CFCs were commonly used in aerosol sprays and as coolants in many refrigerators. As they reach the stratosphere, the sun’s UV rays break CFCs down into substances such as chlorine. This groundbreaking research—for which they were awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry—concluded that the atmosphere had a “finite capacity for absorbing chlorine” atoms in the stratosphere.
The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 11, 2023
Los Angeles at Greater Flood Risk Than Government Estimates, Study Shows
But the flood risk in Los Angeles is much greater than what the latest storm delivered, according to a study published in October. Hundreds of thousands of residents and billions of dollars in property are exposed to widespread flood risk in Los Angeles, a greater impact than federal flood zones suggest. “Watching these storms roll in really reaffirms how poorly prepared we are for any type of street and road flooding. We’re seeing highways and roads across California being impacted by floodwater, or downright blocked,” said Dr. Brett Sanders, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the study published in Nature Sustainability. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/wsj]
CNN, Jan. 11, 2023
Your attention span is shrinking, studies say. Here’s how to stay focused
Gloria Mark, a [Chancellor’s] Professor of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, studies how digital media impacts our lives. In her new book, “Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity,” Mark explained how decades of research has tracked the decline of the ability to focus. … “There’s no way that a person can just completely cut off from technology and work in today’s world,” Mark said. “So let’s learn how to live with it in a way that maintains our positive well-being.”
NBC News, Jan. 10, 2023
Amid California’s stormy weather, it feels like El Niño and La Niña have switched roles
Jin-Yi Yu, a University of California, Irvine, atmospheric scientist [and professor of Earth system science], said ….”The research community has noticed that the duration of El Niño and La Niña events seems to be elongated so far in the 21st century, which may be a result of global warming …. This storm pattern in Southern California is not what we typically expect for a La Niña year, it is more like a winter rainfall pattern we would expect in Southern California during an El Niño year.”
The Orange County Register, Jan. 11, 2023
From Nixon to Porter, Orange County has given America colorful politicians
Unlike some other pols, though, [Katie] Porter brings true policy expertise to the table, said Louis DeSipio, political science professor at UC Irvine. “I would put her — not ideologically in any way — but in the Nixon camp,” he said. “For all his faults, Nixon was serious about issues and developed a national reputation for his expertise, and I would think of Porter in a similar way.”[Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/ocregister]
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