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Earth, June 13, 2018
Winter rain in southwest U.S. determined by New Zealand summers
“The interhemispheric teleconnection that we have discovered promises earlier and more accurate prediction of winter precipitation in California and the southwestern U.S.,” said study co-author Professor Efi Foufoula-Georgiou. “Knowing how much rain to expect in the coming winter is crucial for the economy, water security and ecosystem management of the region.”

The New York Times, June 14, 2018
How Much Can Democrats Count on Suburban Liberals?
I asked a number of political scientists for their views on the questions raised by [Ryan] Enos’s book, including [Michael] Tesler, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. Tesler emailed: “Ryan’s book is brilliant and his findings dovetail with my belief that we’re in for a tough road ahead as the country diversifies, at least in the short term.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

Bloomberg BNA, June 13, 2018
Antarctica Is Thawing Faster, Tripling Its Effect on Rising Seas
Isabella Velicogna, an earth science professor at the University of California, Irvine and scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said …. “We are observing some very significant changes, changes that will affect the coastline,” she said, adding sea level rise also affects national security and population planning. “It’s not just about climate. It’s about the impact it has on people.”

MRCTV, June 12, 2018
New Study Finds Minimum Wage Laws Actually Increase Poverty Rates
“The clear evidence here is that the minimum wage doesn’t deliver long-run gains and welfare doesn’t deliver long-run gains,” writes study leader David Neumark, director of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy Research Institute at the University of California, Irvine.

McClatchy DC Bureau, June 14, 2018
This nation faces a DNA dilemma: Whether to notify people carrying cancer genes
With his slashing style and media charisma, Stefánsson has become one of Iceland’s most well-known figures, said Dr. Bogi Andersen, an Iceland native and medical professor at the University of California, Irvine. “In Iceland, Kari is more prominent than Björk,” he said, referring to the Icelandic pop singer.

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