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United Press International, June 29, 2016
El Niño may cause more intense fire season in Amazon this year
“When trees have less moisture to draw upon at the beginning of the dry season, they become more vulnerable to fire, and evaporate less water into the atmosphere,” Jim Randerson, a scientist at the University of California Irvine, said in a press release. “This puts millions of trees under stress and lowers humidity across the region, allowing fires to grow bigger than they normally would.”

The Christian Science Monitor, June 29, 2016
How Scalia’s legacy echoes in Supreme Court’s final decision of the term
Richard Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law, wrote in a blog post that the McDonnell decision “shows the continuing important influence of Justice Scalia in this area of the law. … Vague and broad laws criminalizing ordinary politics raise due process problems, selective prosecutions, and unfair treatment,” wrote Professor Hasen. “Justice Scalia signaled this and here a unanimous court followed his lead.”

Reuters, June 29, 2016
Trump’s opposition to trade deals fuels internal party opposition
Peter Navarro, a Trump trade policy adviser, defended the candidate’s position. “Here’s the central point to understand: The White House has been utterly and completely soft on China’s illegal trade practices,” said Navarro, a professor at the University of California, Irvine. “The status quo is the worst of all possible worlds for the United States.”

CBS Evening News, June 25, 2016
Anthony James discusses how gene editing might help control mosquito borne illnesses
Talking with Anthony James, PhD at UC Irvine about how gene editing might help control mosquito borne illnesses such as malaria, dengue and Zika.

Southern California Public Radio, June 29, 2016
Some homeless people can’t be helped, ‘but do these people deserve to die on a sidewalk?’
Callers like Steve wanted to know why they should be responsible for paying for homeless services. … Morrison asked Bob Solomon, co-director of Community & Economic Development at the University of California, Irvine, to address this common question.

Los Angeles Times, June 29, 2016
Church attendance linked with reduced suicide risk, especially for Catholics, study says
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, associate professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine, said the new study’s design and its findings strengthen a link between religious practice and mental health that was first explored by the sociologist Emile Durkheim in 1897. … “Religious convictions and practices can help people foster a sense of hope, even in the midst of major crises or adversities,” said Kheriaty. “Religious faith can help people find a sense of meaning and purpose even in suffering,” he added.

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