UCI News

Popular Science, March 30, 2017
Here’s how air pollution kills 3,450,000 people a year
“If you’re somewhere in Asia, where your economy has developed by making a lot of goods for developed countries elsewhere, and you’re thinking that the health impacts of the pollution are a negative impact on your society, which of course they are, cleaning up is not just a simple matter,” said Steven Davis a researcher at the University of California, Irvine and a co-author on the study. … “This is why it’s a complex issue where we need to have some global governance,” added Davis. “This is how you solve the tragedy of the commons—you have someone actually minding the store.”

Science, March 29, 2017
International trade shifts the burden of pollution-related deaths
“What we’ve done is quantify in terms of the numbers of deaths this tradeoff between economic development and environmental impact, some of which is hidden by international trade,” says Steven Davis, a co-author and earth system scientist at the University of California, Irvine.

Politico, March 30, 2017
How States Could Force Trump to Release His Tax Returns
Richard L. Hasen, professor of law and political science at UC Irvine School of Law [writes]: “The logic then goes like this: If a state legislature can take back from the voters the right to vote at all for president, it may be able to use ballot-access laws to limit the candidate choices presented to voters. And doing so would not impinge on the Qualifications Clause in Article II because Congress ultimately counts the Electoral College votes and can police that Clause. If a state legislature, for example, chose electors supporting a candidate under the age of 35, the U.S. House of Representatives, which counts the Electoral College votes, could disregard those votes after deeming the underage candidate unqualified.”

Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2017
What’s causing the surge in Lyme disease this year?
A 2004 University of California, Irvine study, for example, showed that almost all mice become infected with Lyme bacteria “during a single transmission season” throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

NPR – The Code Switch Podcast, March 29, 2017
Sanctuary Churches: Who Controls The Story? (Audio 7:26)
Susan Bibler Coutin, professor of criminology, law and society and anthropology at UCI: “I think one goal of the movement was really bringing middle-class Americans in touch with Central Americans who had suffered tremendous adversity and persecution and oppression, in their country.  There was a desire to hear and publicize those stories for knowledge and understanding which is really important but also could be perhaps uncomfortable for the Central Americans in some cases.”

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